August 1st, which is the Swiss national day, is around the corner. Forget about the classic red and white mani and follow us through these steps to achieve fun and multi-purpose nails featuring a useful Swiss army knife.
Starring: in order of appearance
- Base coat nail polish : ESSIE – Rock Solid
- Red nail polish : CLARINS – Le Vernis Multi Éclat – 221 Rouge Doré
- Silver nail art striper pen : ESSENCE – Nail Art Pen – 03 Silver Star
- White nail art striper pen : ESSENCE – Tip Painter in White
- Instant dry drops : ESSENCE – Nail Art Express Dry Drops
- Top coat nail polish : ESSIE – Rock Solid
Step by step:
- Apply a clear base coat on clean bare nails. Wait until the polish is completely dry.
- To create a red corner at the base of the nail, use some tape as a guide. This way, you will achieve a clean and straight red line. The colored area should be a bit larger than your moon as you will need place to draw the tools. To avoid the tape from ruining the base coat, try applying it several times on your palm before putting it on your nails: its sticky power will be lower, yet sufficient.
- With high coverage nail polishes like Clarins’ ones, a bit of product goes a long way. So charge the brush with a tiny amount and cover the determined surface at nail’s base. Don’t pay attention to the mistakes, they will be fixed at the end.
- Gently peel off the tape while the red polish is still wet.
- Using a silver striper, trace a straight line along the red part.
- Now for the fun part: draw different tools which can be found in a Swiss army knife with the silver nail art pen. If you have trouble to visualize them, look for pictures on the web.
- To give the instruments some dimension, use a white striper and add some white lines in the grey area to mimic light reflection on the metal part of the knife.
- Use some instant dry drops to speed up the drying process. Wait for five minutes and rinse your nails with cold water. Finish with a clear top coat to protect the design and to add some shine. Use a nail polish remover pen or a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover to erase the mistakes on your skin. Tadaaa!
Now you’re ready to open cans and uncork wine bottles from Valais. Cheers!