Nail Art for Novices | NYFW Nail Art

Kimba Likes Nail Art for Novices | NYFW Nail Art 2015 OPI looks

I love nail art. Just adore it.  I try my best but I’m not terribly good at it. I checked out some of the OPI nail art looks from New York Fashion Week recently and was struck by how easy peasy  lemon squeezy some of them were.

I’m sharing two of my favourite simple but uber glam NYFW nail art looks.

Kimba Likes Nail Art for Novices | NYFW Nail Art 2015 OPI looks

Charlotte Ronson NYFW 2015 | metallic matte

A beautifully simple yet very glamorous metallic matte dark purple nail, spotted at the Charlotte Ronson show at New York Fashion Week.  The metallic dark purple OPI Ink looks even more wonderful with a glossy base and matte top.

Kimba Likes Nail Art for Novices | NYFW Nail Art 2015 OPI looks

Nail Art for Novices tip | nail tape

A steady hand would come in very handy but if you’re a bit wobbly (like me!), you’re going to love this tip.

Instead of waiting a few minutes after the Rapid Dry Top Coat, wait about half an hour until the nails are completely dry.  Then use tape to demarcate the glossy half from the matte half.  Paint Matte Top Coat over the top half, and remove the tape after a minute or two.  This will leave a beautifully demarcated edge.  You can buy professional striping tape, but I like to use washi tape.

Kimba Likes Nail Art for Novices | NYFW Nail Art 2015 OPI looks

BCBG Max Azria NYFW 2015 | nude matte

I adore this subtly sexy yet super simple nail look, direct from the BCBG Max Azria runway of New York Fashion Week.

A classic nude nail look given a sexy modern twist with a matte top coat.  Easy peasy lemon squeezy!

The very pretty Samoan Sand is a sheer, nude pink-toned beige creme, and is the perfect nude for so many skintones.

Kimba Likes Nail Art for Novices | NYFW Nail Art 2015 OPI looks

Nail Art for Novices tip | chip protection

If you’re prone to chipping the edges of your mani, have I got a tip for you! Instead of one coat of base coat, go for two!  Apply the first one just on the top half of the nail, and the second coat over the entire nail.  Don’t forget to run the brush under the tip of the nail to add further protection.

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  • Ingrid @ Fabulous and Fun Life - 19 February 2015 - 12.28 pm

    Nail art involving straight lines and tape and me just don’t mix unfortunately. I’ve tried a few times but it never looks any good. One hand ends up being so-so but the other hand ends up looking a mess!

    I think I’ll have to stick with plain nail polish!

    However your last nail art example is simple enough for even me to do.ReplyCancel

    • Kimba - 19 February 2015 - 2.57 pm

      Yep, I hear you. I can’t do straight lines but even I can do the washi tape trick and I’ve got loss of sensation in my hands, plus am a total klutz!ReplyCancel

  • Norlin Chau - 19 February 2015 - 7.04 am

    I am a HUGE novice when it comes to nail art, which is why I prefer quick and easy ones when I do attempt to do any. Free hand swirls with thin brushes in metallic silver on top of dark shades are my fave. What you’ve shown here is just so easy to do! Now to find the time to bother doing any nail art 😉ReplyCancel

  • Sonia Bavistock - 19 February 2015 - 3.23 am

    I am totally hopeless at nail art, but I love both of these colours. Just treated myself to the OPI Fifty Shades of Grey mini set… shhh, don’t tell the wowsers…!ReplyCancel

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