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Gold and Black Nails

The inspiration for this nail art came from the idea of trying to use the thin nail art detail brushes to create intricate designs.  For fun I also did one nail using a fine point Sharpie (can you guess which?).  Whenever I discuss nail art with friends they always insists that they wouldn’t be able to get the thin lines correct.  My answer: of course you can.  Start with easier designs that use straight lines and don’t let your fear of getting it “perfect” limit your creativity.

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Pinky Nail with Sharpie Zig Zag Design

To start I painted a background using “The Next CEO” from Nicole by OPI.  I really like this brand of polish, it tends to be durable compared to slightly less expensive brands but doesn’t cost as much as OPI.  I started by doing the pinky nail using a black fine point Sharpie.  The sharpie drew onto the nail extremely well, but there were a few issues.  First, the Sharpie will wear off, so you must use a top coat. Secondly, the top coat smears the Sharpie.  Needless to say this issue makes the use of a Sharpie lose-lose.

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Thumb Nail with Argyle Design using Thin Nail Art Brush

After that I challenged myself to do an equally intricate design as the Sharpie-d pinky using the traditional thing brush nail art polish (Ok I cheated a little by painting onto my thumb which has a much larger surface area).  I was pleased with the way my design turned out.  Not perfect of course but for a first try and on my own nail I give it a solid B+.  What do you think?

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