So, I’ve been pretty fascinated with the amazing nail art I’ve seen splashed all over glossies, blogs, and Pinterest, but I’ve never tried it! I felt too intimidated to try doing it myself, so I went to a nail salon in town to see how it was done. After watching, I feel fairrrrly confident, that with the right tools, I could try it myself? At least attempt it? It was fun! For my first nail art experience ever, I was inspired by spring (of course). While most people think of flowers, pastels, and bunnies, and Easter egg designs, I think of sailboats. Where I live in Oregon, it takes a little while for the flowers to bloom in full force, so the first tell-tale sign that the milder weather of spring is upon us, is the plethora of sailboats that fill up, and glide along the lake where we live. So, for me, something nautical-inspired feels very spring-like. I decided to go with traditional navy-and-white nautical stripes, as well as a pop of pink and yellow to represent the few flowers that are currently popping up here and there. :) Here’s what the talented Katlyn from Adora Salon & Spa created for me, using some of my Julep stash:
If you’ve paid any attention to my past style posts, you will have noticed that I use Julep nail color alllllll the time. Case and point:
There are lots of fab reasons I love Julep, but it really just boils down to these two:
1) The colors and quality are excellent
2) Julep is “Powered by Girlfriends.”
I love that Julep’s belief and mission is so similar to SMP’s, in that they “believe beauty is about connection, not competition. […] from the very beginning at Julep and on into today, we’ve seen what can happen when women work together to build something they can believe in. That’s why our nail polishes are named after women (like you) who inspire us—women who are strong and smart and funny and gorgeous and different.”
What’s not to love about that?! Now do you understand why I love Julep? They’re rockstars.
So, if you’re lovin’ Julep, too, and think you might like to try my nautical design at home, here is what you’ll need:
You actually only need about two of the brushes in that set (although, for that price, why not have all of them?), and though it’s not pictured, you can use thick, cotton, facial pads to use as your nail color palette.
How To Create This Nautical Design at Home:
1) Paint all four fingers white (Julep’s “Kate“), and thumbs navy (Julep’s “Lola“). Let dry.
2) Pour a small amount of navy (“Lola“) onto a cotton pad, dip your desired brush (dabbing off excess), and slowly swipe horizontal lines across your nail (swap out navy for pink – Julep’s “Avery” – on your ring fingers).
3) Using a hairline-thin brush, sketch your anchor in pink on your thumbs, then go over again for thickness.
4) Using the same, or a similar hairline-thin brush, dip your brush in yellow (Julep’s “Abbie“), and paint the circle for the top of the anchor.
Julep has tons of on-trend, Runway-inspired hues to choose from; feel free to click here to shop their newest colors! If you’ve never tried nail art like me, I encourage you to go for it! It’s always fun to try something new!