Manicure tutorial: art deco nails

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Vintage jewelry makes the perfect inspiration for a final touch to your evening dress. Just follow the steps and you’ll have this arty accessory at your fingertips!

The look, step by step.

1. Start by applying a base coat: this step is essential for protecting your nail and creating a surface that’s non-porous to ensure your nail colours retain all their intensity!

 

2. Start with a golden colour to create a half-moon at the base of your nail and to trace the end of your nail, as they do in the classic French technique. Because you’re working on such a small space, you might want to use a precision brush (and keep a cotton ball soaked in nail polish remover close at hand!).

It’s shadow time!

3. 3-step decoration with glittery highlights:

  • Create a red dot in the centre of the half-moon and two red dots at the end of your nail, one on either side of centre.
  • Create a green drop between the two red dots.
  • Draw tiny blue dots on either side of the red dots, on the half-moon and at the end of your nail.
3-step decoration

4. To ensure your nail art lasts all night long, seal it with a layer of finishing gel.

Base Coat, 13.5 ml, Here to Stay
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Base Coat, 13.5 ml, Here to Stay
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Topcoat, 13.5 ml, Gel Setter
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Manicure tutorial: art deco nails

Want a proven combo for the perfect evening look? Smokey eyes and neutral lips. Follow these steps and your makeup will be the star of the evening!
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