Use a makeup sponge to blend in the black polish for the background. Then, use a small dotting tool (or a toothpick!) to create the line of dots. If you cannot hand paint the bird on the accent nail, use a sticker decal to achieve the same look.
Start by cleaning the cuticles with a cuticle brush—it will make the overall manicure look better. To achieve the intricate rope detail, Jess suggests using toothpicks (or even mechanical pencils) to apply the polish.
It's important to use a rich black to create the perfect base. For the bright white rope detail, Jess recommends OPI's "Alpine Snow". Last tip—for any manicure, brush topcoat on edges of nails so it doesn’t chip after a few days!
For color blocking, use the lighter polish as the base color so you can apply the darker color over. For precision nail art drawing, look for a "striper polish" (polish with a thin brush) at any beauty supply store—it's ideal for creating straight lines.
For intricate nail art, Erin suggests using acrylic paint (from the art store) instead of polish, because the color is stronger pigmented and a bit thicker. Last tip—don't forget a great top coat (she loves Seche Vite!)
Upon the debut of Rachel Zoe’s Resort 2014 lookbook, bomber jackets and nautical-inspired separates took center stage alongside a helping of standout prints! Eager to rock a bit of resort in the present (we can’t help it, we’re impatient!), we enlisted the assistance of the genius nail artists at CHI nail bar in Beverly Hills. Putting a mani-friendly spin on three of Resort’s designs, click through our slideshow to garner inspiration on this and all future Mani Mondays!