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Friday, April 3rd, 2009

Celeb Nail Art Icon: Solange Knowles

Solange Knowles nail art

Along with her gorgeous looks, talented voice, and keen sense of style - Solange Knowles and I share something in common, an obsession for Nail Art! Last year, she opened up about her current addiction in the Hadley St Journal:

"For about the last 2 years I’ve had an addicting obsession with nail art and design…Call it “Ghetto-fab” of me but yo, I’ve seen some artists who need to have their ish in museums."

Ever since Sally Hansen released my favorite nail art pens, I've been hooked and expanding my creative horizons. Like the old saying goes, "practice makes perfect." Once you get the hang of it, you'll be addicted.

There's nothing like a good design to catch my eye and Solange's polka dot/domino effect design did just that. It's fairly easy for beginner to intermediate, using just a few simple tools.

Here's my try at it: 

Inspired look from Solange Knowles polka dots

What I used: Any black or white nail polish, acrylic paint or thick nail polish, SH nail art pen and dual sided dotting tool. 

black and white nails

Before you start, make sure you practice on either your nails or artificial ones. There's been numerous occasions I've jumped the gun and ended up ruining my mani.

If you don't fancy nail art, the black and white alone is hot! This could be a great look for a night on the town with a hot little red number.

Dotting Tool

Here she is, my pride and joy. I haven't blogged much about my new Holy Grail dotting tool, but it's the best thing since, well, Nail Art Pens!

Sure, you can use toothpicks or SH's nail art pen for the polka dots, but you won't get a perfect & precise circle like using a dotting tool. A cheap investment initially ($4.99) at Sallly Beauty or any other beauty store. You'll wonder how you lived without it!

Polka Dots: If your using a dotting tool, just dab the end in acrylic paint or nail polish and dot on your nails. Repeat steps if necessary. You can also use a tooth pick or nail art pen.

The white lines were the hardest part about this design, particularly the horizontal one on my ring finger. You may need to practice a few times with SH nail art pen before starting. It was much easier with the art pen verses a detailing brush. 

black and white polka dot domino nails

And the finished result. I really loved this design - so cute and girly. Hope you have a great weekend all! What do you guys think?

Tags: solange knowles, polka dots, tutorial, nail art, how to

Posted by Steph at 10:33:am
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(9) Comments

clapster said on Apr 4th, 2009 7:11 am
I love it! You are amazing! I tried the white SH pen with your For Audrey mani and found that it didn't last to the end of the day. I really like the idea of the pens but if it's not going to last I feel like it's a waste of money. Do you find that too or do you have any suggestions to help even though I use Seche Vite? Great job on your designs!

vivaciousv said on Apr 4th, 2009 9:28 am
I love it. I've been thinking about doing something similar to this and I'm definitely going to try it out now. It looks awesome.

Lucy said on Apr 4th, 2009 4:05 am
Love that design. Looks like something I can try. I already bought the tools. I know the lines will be the hardest.

Vesper said on Apr 4th, 2009 8:36 am
I LOVE that Union Jack mani!

Amanda said on Apr 4th, 2009 10:05 am
What a cute mani! I need to try this someday!

getchanailsdid said on Apr 6th, 2009 11:03 am
VERY VERY cute! Looks mistake free - way to go!! I love the black and white contrast too!

Steph said on Apr 8th, 2009 9:44 am
Aww, thanks clapster!! When you use the art pens are you applying two applications? I have better luck when I use two. Thanks so much vivaciousv! I really loved this design! Hi Vesper - me too! Not as easy as the polka dot. I may have to try that soon! Hi Amanda - you should, it's pretty easy. Thanks girl! I really loved it!

linda gumede said on Apr 28th, 2009 9:50 am
love you!

JPnail said on Sep 12th, 2009 1:37 pm
We started Japanese design nail tip online store! If you have interested in Design nail tips, check our web site!!!

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