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Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

Nail Art of the Day: French with Black Tips

Manicure with Black tips using SH Art Pen

Happy Thursday, or shall I say Friday for some of us. Woot, Woot! Today I'm bringing you another design using my favorite Sally Hansen's nail art pen in Black. It's very rare...well, next to never that you'd see me sport a french with my natural nail. But, I wanted to mix it up a bit and try one with black tips.

Today I learned something about these nail art pens that I never knew. Don't EVER attempt to use these on your natural nails without a base coat, they will severly stain your nails.

Check out one more swatch below. 

Manicure with black tips and pink polka dots

You know me and my polka dot fetish, I just couldn't resist. And, I really love the pink polka dots versus the black tips alone.

Have a great 4th of July weekend! And, please be safe!

(9) Comments

kia said on Jul 2nd, 2009 11:27 am
i love it steph! it's awesome. so sorry you had to learn about the black nail art pen!

avroys said on Jul 3rd, 2009 2:46 am
That is the cutest design! Love the black tips with the pink polka dots. I will have to try it sometime.

Danica said on Jul 3rd, 2009 9:27 am
Yes, it is definitely much more cute with the pink polka dots! Thanks for the warning about the staining, I probably would have done that as well!

Dee said on Jul 3rd, 2009 9:32 am
I like your idea of the dots on the tips. I'll have to try it!

LeiAn said on Jul 3rd, 2009 11:00 am
Your design looks great. I have this pen in the black and I learned the hard way about using these pens on your natural nails. I wound up having to cut them to get rid of the ugliness! but it was very easy to use...i really like it. planning to get some more in other colors.

katie said on Jul 3rd, 2009 1:02 am
It looks so cute! Especially the polka dots. Sorry about the staining

Denny said on Jul 3rd, 2009 5:10 am
I love the pink polka dots for an extra sumptin' sumptin'. lol Happy 4th to you too!

Lucy said on Jul 8th, 2009 5:23 am
I am loving this manicure. I always love your polka dots Steph.

ShellyStewart said on Jan 16th, 2011 8:26 pm
Lovin' the pink polka dots!!!

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