I do my nails every Friday night and now that I’ve mastered the gel manicure I’m ready to explore some fun nail art looks. When the topic of color blocking was mentioned I immediately thought of Mondrian’s artwork. Instead of the signature red, yellow and blue, however, I had my own ideas…
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri products and Nail Art Pens are perfect for the looks I have in mind. One of the reasons I like gel polish so much, in addition to the long wear, is the instant drying time. I have smudged more manicures than I could count. Thanks to Insta-Dri that’s not a concern! I’ve heard that the Insta-Dri products can be a bit fussy but with a little practice that wasn’t an issue. The brush was a bit wider than I am used to using and the polish is a bit thicker. Once you practice a bit, though, it’s easy to use. I was able to find everything I needed at Walgreens. (And score Balance Reward points!)
One of my favorite DIY manicure tips? Petroleum jelly! Apply a little around your nail beds and you’ll moisturize and help clean up the mess when the polish gets on your skin. (I’m not going to bother saying “if” because I know with me it’s going to happen…)
I just needed to pick four fun spring colors for this stained glass look. (I think I might try this one day with the real Mondrian style of primary blue, red and yellow!)
Start with stripes.
Then add the next two colors, trying to keep them staggered rather than lining them up evenly.
And see? Told you I would have a mess. I used the black and pearl nail art pens to outline my design. I then applied the Insta-Dry top coat while everything was still a bit wet to smudge the look. (That helps achieve the stained glass look.)