DIY Nails Inspired by Mardi Gras

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Since I’m dedicating 2014 to DIY projects, I decided to paint my own nails while I watched the Oscars. In the spirit of Carnival/Lent season, I went with a green, purple and gold – ok yellow –  Mardi Gras themed design.  Turns out trying to do your own nail art can be just as challenging as it is fun!

Living-Fiesta-Mardi-Gras-Nails-Purple-Green-Yellow-DIY-Nail-ArtIt’s been a while since I did my own nails regularly so instead of decorating my whole hand I focused on an accent nail.

 

Living-Fiesta-Mardi-Gras-Nails-Purple-Green-GoldAfter my base coat I started off with two layers of “Misti” by Julep on each finger. To start the design on my accent nail, I made two little purple triangles using L’Oreal’s “Paparazzi Pleaser” – then came the challenge. I wanted a small yellow arrow to separate the purple and green parts of the nail, but making a small straight line isn’t as easy as it sounds.

Doing my left hand was a bit easier than I thought it’d be. The purple smudges a bit but layering on the yellow arrow cleans the look up. My dominant hand however was another story.

Living-Fiesta-Mardi-Gras-Nails-Purple-Green-Yellow-DIY-Nail-ArtI managed to get the green on fine but the purple was more difficult. If I wasn’t applying too much I was applying too little and when it came time to do that yellow line? FUHGEDDABOUTIT!  It took five failed attempts trying to use a manicure stick on my “Sunny Disposition” by Pure Nails when I finally gave up and took the brush from my French tip polish to make the arrow. Using a thin brush makes creating small lines much easier!

 

Living-Fiesta-Mardi-Gras-Nails-Purple-Green-Gold-Nail-ArtSo it’s clear I’ll need a little more practice before I master making my DIY nail art looks neat, but my first try ain’t that bad if I do say so myself!

Esta Fiesta is a Brooklyn based blogger with a love of music and finding new shoes. When she's not watching a movie or testing out new hair products she can be found doing Pilates - but only so she can eat from the waffle truck of course! Follow her Tweets at @ItsEstaFiesta