Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Simple Summer Nail Art

Nail art has never been a strong skill of mine, as, being left handed, I can create intricate designs on my right hand, but when it comes to replicating them on my left hand, the result looks like a toddler has been let loose with a felt tip marker. However, since buying the black Barry M Nail Art Pen a few months ago and getting the white one at the same time (buy 1 get 1 half price), I’ve used the black pen quite frequently, but I managed to lose the white version at the back of a draw. I really enjoyed using the black pen and created a leopard print glitter design (blog post here), so thought it was time I attempted a design with the white pen.

Because of my inability to create anything more adventurous than dots or dashes using my right hand, I tend to stick to very basic patterns with nail art pens, and what could be simpler than random short lines? Despite the extreme simplicity of this nail look, I think that the faint white lines look suitably summery over Essie’s Bikini So Teeny, a beautiful shimmery pastel blue shade.

I found the pen itself to be easy to use, and, despite the lines looking quite faint on my nails, if pressed harder, a more opaque line can easily be created. My only slight criticism with this nail art pen is that occasionally a lot comes out in a blob at the top of the nib, but this can be rectified by keeping a tissue nearby and dabbing this away before applying the nib to the nail. These nail art pens aren’t the cheapest at £4.99, but Barry M nail products are often on offer, so I'd recommend waiting for a 3 for 2 deal (a.k.a the classic beauty addict's justification for buying more makeup than they need).

What's your opinion on DIY nail art? What designs have you attempted?


  1. Hey,

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    1. Aww thank you, yes Essie polishes are definitely among my favourites!
      I'll check out your blog now :) x

  2. love this simple nail art! so cute

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  3. Oh I love that look and much pretty it than the polka dots which I think are a little too young for me.


  4. So pretty, love this idea. Going to have to try it!

    This was a great post, I’ll be back for more :)

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  5. Love your blog, I nominated you for the liebster award. Details are all on my link it's not one of those dodgy links that will bombard your computer with viruses, I promise ha xx

    1. Aww thank you! I'll check out your blog now :) xx

  6. Such a lovely design, love the colour combination! xx

    1. Thank you! Think I'm going to attempt a more detailed design at some point when I feel a bit more adventurous! xx

  7. It looks really nice! The colour combo is so fresh and young! Love it! Xo, Alexandra
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  8. I really like your design- the blue is perfect! I really want to try out nail pens but I'm so messy with nail polish. Yours are lovely and neat x
    eleanor's adventures in wonderland

  9. I love this idea! This would be great in winter as well with little snowflakes!
    - amyalaska xx

  10. Love this! Super cute designs!

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    Kaylyn Nicole


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