Gingham! The picnic-friendly print was all over spring runways and, if Oscar de la Renta‘s Resort collection is any indication, it will continue to be popular well through next year. Which, of course, makes gingham an ideal choice for nail art, especially during the summertime. It’s proper enough to wear to the office during the week, but has a playful touch that will remind you to plan park adventures for the weekend. This is a design that requires a bit of skill, as painting straight lines can be a bit of a pain—but as with all nail art, practice does make perfect!
Left: Miu Miu shoes, photography by Carlo Mendoza (styling by Breanna Gow for judyinc.com); Right: Mark Jacobs Spring 2012, photography by Peter Stigter
<b>How to do the gingham manicure:</b><br />
1) Choose your gingham colours: neon polishes work best because of their almost-translucent formula.<br />
2) Forget about trying to paint straight lines directly on your nails—this will only end in tears! Instead, use a thin striping brush and the <a href="http://www.fashionmagazine.com/blogs/beauty/2011/11/08/diy-nails-how-to-create-your-own-nail-transfers/">DIY nail transfer method</a> to paint your gingham stripes on a clear base. I suggest painting a few more transfers than you have fingers: some may warp when you peel them off. <br />
3) While the transfers are drying, paint each nail white. You want this polish to still be tacky when you apply the transfer (which needs about 10 minutes to dry before you can peel and stick it).<br />
4) Use cuticle scissors and a brush dipped in acetone to clear up any messy edges.<br />
5) Finish with a clear top coat!
<b>Polishes used:<br />
Kiss</b> Nail Artist Paint & Stencil Kit polish in “White” (<i>$15, <a href=“http://well.ca/products/kiss-nail-artist-paint-stencil_34043.html”>well.ca</a></i>)<br />
<b>Essie</b> nail polish in “Lights” (<i>$8, <a href=“http://www.essie.com/”>essie.com</a></i>)<br />
<b>Gosh</b> nail polish in “Turquoise Blue” (<i>$4, at Shoppers Drug Mart</i>)<br />
<b>Revlon</b> ColorStay Longwear nail enamel in “Top Coat” (<i>$9, at drugstores</i>)<br />