Sunday, July 14, 2013

"Summer Kaleidoscope" Hand-Painted Nail Art

Salut mes amis! It's been a while since my last hand-painted nail art post, so today, I've decided to make up for the lost time! With the help of Inglot's latest breathable nail polishes and my trusty nail art brush, I created this whimsical summer nail art inspired by tribal patterns, kaleidoscopes and stained glass windows. This design was truly a joy in the making and though it took nearly an hour and a half to complete, I couldn't be happier with the result!

Read on for pix, tips, & deets!

My Happy Medium :)
Inglot 02M Breathable Nail Enamel -- The O2M’s feature a unique revolutionary formulation through its breathable formula. The breathable nail enamel allows oxygen and water to pass through the enamel to the nails surface.  The oxygenation ensures better health care for nails whilst enhancing their beauty.
New Summer Shades:
  • 683 (coral pink)
  • 684 (coral orange)
  • 685 (medium pink)
  • 686 (lavender)
  • 687 (blue green)
  • 688 (mint green) 

O2M Nail Enamels do not include toluene, formaldehyde, DBP, or camphor. 

For best results, use with: INGLOT’s O2M Breathable Base and O2M Breathable Top Coat.

Available online at and INGLOT Boutique Locations: NYC, Las Vegas, Miami, Newport Beach, New Jersey and select Macy’s Department Stores.

Also Used:
With colors so gorgeous, I simply couldn't choose just a couple of shades, so I decided to go with them all!! 

To hand-paint this kaleidoscope nail art, I worked in layers and broke up the design into three basic stages:
  1. Base Color
    • I used the lavender polish (#686) for most of my nails and chose 2 accent colors for my accents nails -- coral pink (#683 pictured above) for my right pointer finger and the blue green (#687 pictured in the first image) for my left ring finger.
  2. Shapes
    • With a fine nail art brush, I used the remaining polishes to paint symmetrical shapes, starting from the center of the nail.
    • I painted the shapes using one polish at a time and working on all my nails simultaneously.
    • I used a piece of foil as a palette and cleaned off the brush with acetone between colors.
  3. Outline
    • To bring out the pattern, I outlined the major shapes with a white nail art pen. This step makes the design pop by giving it crispness, sharpness and contrast.  
I completed the nail art with a top coat to seal the design and add shine.

Here's my right hand
and my thumbs :))
 Happy Nail Painting!!


Maryam Maquillage


*Some product/s in this post were provided for my consideration and review. The opinion stated is 100% my own.

Maryam Maquillage © 2013.
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