Plaid School Uniform Nails

People are already starting to go back to school, so I wanted to do some nails that would match a school uniform.

I specifically had a gray, blue, and white plaid print in mind, so I started by picking out the shades.

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From left to right: Frankly, I Don’t Give A-dam by Sephora by OPI, Ya Qin An stamping polish #8 in electric blue, and b.m.c. nail lacquer in white.

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I painted all my nails gray with Frankly, I Don’t Give A-dam by Sephora by OPI.

For the plaid look, I used a plate from Born Pretty Store.

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Plate BP-L006 from Born Pretty Store. I used the pattern on the far left side in the second row.

It is best to use a clear stamper for the next two steps to ensure that the pattern is lined up correctly.  Please be aware that it can sometimes be very difficult to stamp straight lines because both the stamper head and the nail bed are curved surfaces, so try not to push down too hard with the stamper.  It may take a few tries and a lot of cursing to get this right, but keep in mind that if the lines don’t look straight on the stamper, they probably won’t look straight on your nails, either!  Of course, you can just be lazy like me and stamp slightly curved lines, anyway!

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Stamp the plaid pattern with electric blue polish first.

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Carefully line up your stamper over the blue pattern where you desire it, and stamp white polish with the same design. I purposefully tried to shift the white portion down and to the right of the blue part so that it did not fully cover the blue lines.

I also chose a white polish that I know is not very opaque so that the colors would blend a little more.

Also, even if you don’t line up the patterns at all, it still looks cool.  I just prefer there to be larger areas of the base color poking through.  It’s still a good rule of thumb to keep the lines running parallel to each other so that it doesn’t look like a hot mess.

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Add some top coat, and you’re all done!

Initially, when I painted these, I wasn’t in love with the result, especially because the blue color started bleeding into the white color and making a weird purple tone in the places where the polishes overlapped.  However, the look has been growing on me, and I think these would make stunning nails for any business professional out there.  With the right color scheme, I can see these going great with a nice tweed suit in the fall.

I’m getting ahead of myself, though!  Enjoy the rest of the summer while it lasts!  NYC schools don’t open until after Labor Day, so the kids have a few more weeks of vacation left.  Enjoy the time, and happy polishing!

Funky Paisley Nails

Like the look of mandalas but don’t feel like spending all that time coloring in all the details?  Try stamping over a gradient base when all else fails!

For the pattern, I used plate BP-35 from Born Pretty Store.

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BP-35 has quite a few random patterns on it, but the paisley quadrant on the lower right hand side is what I used for this manicure.

I felt like using a funky color combo for this, so I opted for black stamping over a gray and chartreuse gradient.

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From left to right: Frankly, I Don’t Give A-dam by Sephora by OPI, S’more Fun by China Glaze, and Konad Special Nail Polish in Black.

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I started by painting all my nails gray.

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On a silicone mat (a plastic bag will also suffice), I applied a generous line of gray and chartreuse polishes side by side as shown.

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Using a sponge, I layered on the polish from the mixture shown above this photo to form a gradient.

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I stamped the paisley pattern so that different portions of the image were on each nail.

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After adding some topcoat, the manicure is done!

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Pictured near some grass on 4/20.

The whole manicure took hardly any time to do, all things considered, so having the gradient underneath the stamping is a great way to jazz things up.

Happy polishing!