"OMG" nails for my friend Rachel, who’s starring in Legally Blonde at the Lyrics in South Portland, Maine!

Index, Middle, Pinky: Zoya Lara and Zoya Chloe
Thumb & Ring: One coat of N.Y.C. In a New York Color Minute Lexington Yellow and “highlights” of OPI My Vampire is Buff and Zoya Avery, added with a striping brush, followed by another thin coat of Lexington Yellow. (These look a little more like cartoonishly yellow hair, or in Rachel’s case, a bright blonde wig, in real life!) Polka dots and OMG added in Zoya Lara.

Galaxy Nails!

Sinful Colors Black on Black (black base)
Essie Absolutely Shore (pale green)
Essie Go Ginza (light pink)
OPI Planks a Lot (medium pastel purple)
Sinful Colors Dream On (neon purple)
Revlon ColorStay Calla Lily (a little shimmer/space dust)
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White On (dots/stars)

This is the first time I haven’t been able to rattle off the names of the colors from memory. Does that mean I’m out of practice or that I finally have too much polish to keep it all straight in my head?

Ikat nails 

Zoya Haley
Essie Butler, Please
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White On
Sinful Colors Black on Black

Rugby stripe nails. Essie Butler, Please taped off with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear White On, with Sinful Colors Black on Black stripes added with a medium striping brush.

Black and bare chevron half moon manicure or I freehanded those triangles and I’m really proud of it

I started with a few coats of OPI My Pointe Exactly, the gray jelly from last spring’s New York City Ballet collection. I hunted this polish down because I couldn’t stop thinking about it, but haven’t used it must since. When I wear it alone, I can’t tell if it looks chic or dingy. Here, I think it looks chic. It covers up my half moons and cancels out the bit of staining I have at my cuticles, but it’s not such a stark contrast with the black as a white jelly would be. 

I used a medium striping brush to outline the triangles at my cuticles with Sinful Colors Black on Black. Since I’m not very confident with the striper, I deliberately sketched lines a bit higher than I thought I wanted them, leaving more space near the cuticle to make a second attempt if I needed to! The triangles on my thumb and pinky are smaller and more obtuse because I worked my way down the nail until I got a straight line. I actually like those shapes better, especially on my wide, square thumb.

Then I used the regular bottle brush to fill in the rest of the nails (covering up any mistakes I’d made with the striper!) The lines I’d sketched with the striping brush served as a guide that I could follow with the larger brush, and the polish stayed in line almost on its own.

This design looks like a solid color at a glance, but it’s not as severe as wearing solid black on every finger. I caught a couple of people doing double takes and admiring my nails, which, yes, I totally love.

rainbowrowell:

emlockedandlacquered:

A manicure inspired by my new favorite book, Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park!

This design makes me wish my fingers were all the same length. ‘Park’ is so much taller than ‘Eleanor’ when they should really be shoulder to shoulder, sitting together on the school bus.

Eleanor’s yellow top is N.Y.C. In a New York Color Minute Lexington Yellow. I created her red curls by dotting China Glaze Riveting down part of the nail, then layering loose rows of Lexington Yellow dots and Riveting dots over one another.

For Park, I started with a couple of coats of Zoya Avery, which would become the back of his neck. When that was dry, I taped off the top half of my nail and painted the bottom half blue with Zoya Robyn. Then I used a medium striping brush to paint Park’s black hair.

I used Avery on my pinky and index fingers and thumb, too. If I were handy with a striper, I would have added the ampersand in the title or black headphone wires. Eleanor and Park bond over music (and comic books, feeling like misfits, and that inexplicable, unpredictable connection between two people that neither one expects). Park makes mixtapes for Eleanor, and Rainbow Rowell made the modern day mixtape for her readers: Eleanor & Park playlists!

I got to meet Rainbow last week at the NYC Teen Author Festival Reader Theater at the Union Square B&N. It’s been a long time since I really wanted to go to a book event that I wasn’t already attending for work, and I’m so glad I went! When Rainbow signed my book, she was rocking hot pink and bright blue polish. 

ARE YOU KIDDING ME WITH THIS?!?

FAN ART + NAIL ART?

I AM UNDONE.

(Also, if I’d known Emily was into nail art, I would have showed her my “Rescuers” thumbs.)

Correction! Rainbow was rocking hot pink and sparkly blue nails with The Rescuers nail art on her thumbs when she signed my book last week!

(Reblogged from rainbowrowell)

A manicure inspired by my new favorite book, Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor & Park!

This design makes me wish my fingers were all the same length. ‘Park’ is so much taller than ‘Eleanor’ when they should really be shoulder to shoulder, sitting together on the school bus.

Eleanor’s yellow top is N.Y.C. In a New York Color Minute Lexington Yellow. I created her red curls by dotting China Glaze Riveting down part of the nail, then layering loose rows of Lexington Yellow dots and Riveting dots over one another.

For Park, I started with a couple of coats of Zoya Avery, which would become the back of his neck. When that was dry, I taped off the top half of my nail and painted the bottom half blue with Zoya Robyn. Then I used a medium striping brush to paint Park’s black hair.

I used Avery on my pinky and index fingers and thumb, too. If I were handy with a striper, I would have added the ampersand in the title or black headphone wires. Eleanor and Park bond over music (and comic books, feeling like misfits, and that inexplicable, unpredictable connection between two people that neither one expects). Park makes mixtapes for Eleanor, and Rainbow Rowell made the modern day mixtape for her readers: Eleanor & Park playlists!

I got to meet Rainbow last week at the NYC Teen Author Festival Reader Theater at the Union Square B&N. It’s been a long time since I really wanted to go to a book event that I wasn’t already attending for work, and I’m so glad I went! When Rainbow signed my book, she was rocking hot pink and bright blue polish. 

Another pink manicure for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this one inspired by little nails' Mermaid design.

I don’t have many pink polishes, and the pinks I have are a bit too similar or too sheer, so my mermaid “scales” don’t look as pronounced or … scaly … as I’d like. Trading out one of these pinks for a polish in another hue would create more contrast, but I stuck with the purely pink look, with some silver accents.

Base: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Fuchsia Power
Dots: OPI Barre My Soul, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Fuchsia Power, Icing Hot Date, Zoya Lara, CQ Silver Violet, OPI Too Hot Pink to Hold ‘Em, Zoya Trixie

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and I painted these pink ribbon nails in honor of my courageous friend Linda, who passed away last month. Not only did she put up a physical fight, she gave breast cancer a real talking to! Every time this disease got her down, she came back swinging, tougher than ever. She never stopped fighting, hoping, counting her blessings, or looking for reasons to smile. I loved her clever, easy way of laughing at herself, and I admired her for laughing right back in cancer’s face! Linda’s open heart was never too full; I’m lucky to have had a place there. She’ll always have a special place in mine.

Base: Zoya Lara
Ribbon and ‘L’ for Linda: Light pink acrylic paint accented with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Fuchsia Power and Revlon ColorStay Calla Lily