I don’t know what it is with me and nail polish, but if you know me in real life you’ll know that I am consistently painting my nails. It’s something I just love to do and not just for fashion reasons but also because I find the whole process so soothing…anyone else? Surely I can’t be alone in this.

Mani Monday - Life, Set Sail
Todays Mani Monday is one that I’ve been very obsessed with lately. My favourite kind of nail art definitely has the be the kind that looks impressive but doesn’t take rocket science to achieve. A simple colour-blocking design like the one above is just that.

The best tip I can give you for this type of style is choosing a base coat that is both opaque and quick drying. You’re not going to want to choose a shade that takes three coats just to get right. The new nail polish line from RMS Beauty works beautifully because by the time you finish painting the second hand, the first is already dry. The brush is a nice size too so you can work pretty quickly without thinking to much about what you’re doing. I gave myself a half hour buffer (if that) to allow for extra drying time before I taped off my lines for the second colour. For reference, the shade I used is called Honest.

If you love any sort of nail art where you are doing line work like this, I highly suggest picking up the proper tools rather than using your basic Scotch tape. Anything like this Nail Art Striping Tape will work beautifully, and it’s dirt cheap too. I use my cuticle trimmers to cut off sections and tape all the nails on one hand before applying my alternate colour, this way I can make sure everything’s even from the start.

For my second shade I used AILA’s Room 212 which is the quintessential Fall shade, or (as described by the company itself) a sexy pinot noir colour. I love that both of the brands I used for todays look are free of harsh chemicals. As someone who paints their nails as often as I do, I’ve been trying to pay extra attention to the ingredients in the polishes I’m using. With options like these, it’s not hard.

What do you think of this look, is it one you’d recreate at home?

xx -b.
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