DIY Two-Toned Metallic Manicure

Manicures at the Behnaz Sarafpour, Monika Chiang and Tracy Reese Spring 2013 fashion shows

Manicures at the Behnaz Sarafpour, Monika Chiang and Tracy Reese Spring 2013 fashion shows

I rarely do my own nails, I prefer to get them done at the salon but yesterday I decided to do them on my own. Why? Because I’d rather do anything than sit and study for my upcoming exams. I took the first few days of the week off work to study since my first final is today but there I was painting my nails instead of studying my flashcards. I just find manicures more interesting than my business management text book. I’m sure you would too.


The models at Tracy Reese, Monika Chiang and Behnaz Sarfpour Spring 2013 shows sported multi-hued manicures and Chiang and Sarfpour added metallic lacquers to the mix. I decided to try the trend out at home and it was fairly easy. Here’s how to rip this runway look at home.
DIY Two Tone Mani

What you’ll need:
Base and top coat (not pictured)
Two bottles of nail polish, one should be metallic (I used CND’s Flamingo Feather and Color Club’s Put a Pin In It)
A nail file
Strips of tape. Makes sure to cut it before you start polishing your nails. (I used painter’s tape so you could see it in the pics but regular scotch tape should work fine)
Scissors (if you don’t have a tape dispenser)
Nail polish remover
Q-tips (I’m a messy painter. I had to go back and clean up the area around my nails)

DIY-two-tone-manicure-step-1Paint your nails with the base coat and two coats of the polish that will cover most of your mails.

Sit very still and let your nails dry. When you think they have dried enough, let them dry for another 15 minutes. I didn’t wait long enough the first time I attempted this mani and all of the polish peeled off when I removed the tape that’s added in the next step.

Place the tape over the bulk of your nails leaving out only the part that you want to paint with your metallic color.

Now, paint the uncovered part of your nails with the metallic color. I used two coats.

Sit and let that polish dry for a few minutes. Don’t worry if you make a mess and paint your skin. That’s what the q-tips and remover are for. You can clean the area up later.

Add a top coat once you remove the tape, use the q-tip and remover to get any rogue polish off of your skin, and voila, your work here is done.

Of course my camera battery died before I could get a clear shot.

Thank goodness for my iPhone or I would never have gotten this pic.

Of course, your manicure will come out much neater. I’ve never been really good at doing my own nails, hence the reason I go to the salon. Well, I guess it’s time for me to get back to my books but before I go, I have a question for you. Will you try this DIY spring nail trend?

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  1. I think you did a great job. I think I will try this soon. Thanks for the DIY tips.

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