On Nnenna’s Nails #27: Valentine’s Day

On Nnenna's Nails #27- Valentine's Day Collage

Gold- Nails Inc. Lanesborough Place // Pink- Zoya Madison
Red- Julep Catherine // Gold Metallic Sharpie

Using a gold metallic sharpie as a nail art tool is pure genius if you ask me! After seeing this manicure on Pinterest, I knew I had to try this trick out for myself. I used the sharpie two different ways- to draw hearts in the look on the left and to add gold tips for the look on the right. The consistency of the sharpie is so close to my gold nail polish- you can’t really tell that I drew the details on later!

If you’re going to use the sharpie, it’s best to wait until your nails are fully and completely dry, otherwise the tip will dig into your polish. Once your nails are dry, draw on any design you want with the sharpie.  Then wait for the sharpie to dry, add a top coat (try not to let the brush touch your design) and you’re all done! To see the first manicure in motion, take a look at the little video I made and if you’re looking for more manicure inspiration, you should check out my pinterest board!

Tell me: What have you been wearing on your nails lately?

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  1. Genius idea to use Sharpies! I find Sally Hansen’s nail art pens run :/ I created hearts with a dotting tool :)

    Posted 2.6.13 Reply
    • Nnenna wrote:

      Thanks Kim! Good to know about the Sally Hansen nail art pens- I almost bought one the other day to try it out!

      Posted 2.8.13 Reply
  2. Jenmarie wrote:

    Oh wow, who would’ve thought? I love the results and am definitely interested in trying this out!

    Posted 2.6.13 Reply
    • Nnenna wrote:

      Not me! :) I would love to see a picture if you do.

      Posted 2.8.13 Reply
  3. Ali Cat wrote:

    Ooh, I especially love the way the gold pops on the red. Definitely going to experiment with this.

    Posted 2.6.13 Reply
    • Nnenna wrote:

      Thank you Alison- let me know how it goes!

      Posted 2.8.13 Reply
  4. Lyddiegal wrote:

    such a clever idea, and i just adore the little hearts!

    Posted 2.6.13 Reply
  5. tracy wrote:

    I would have never thought to use a Sharpie. It is a great idea.

    I love the red and gold together.

    Tracy @ Sunny Days and Starry Nights

    Posted 2.6.13 Reply
  6. Alex wrote:

    So cute! My favorite is the left one– I love the little hearts!

    Posted 2.6.13 Reply
  7. lifealasteph wrote:

    so cute! going to have to give these a try =) you won’t regret that tablet, it’s so easy to use and so convenient!

    Posted 2.7.13 Reply
    • Nnenna wrote:

      Thank you! I bet you’re right- I’m really hoping I can get one soon :)

      Posted 2.8.13 Reply
  8. Eli wrote:

    OMG I love both of these!! They’re too complicated for me :( You gotta try Butter London nailpolishes, they go on sooo smooth!

    Posted 2.9.13 Reply
    • Nnenna wrote:

      Thank you Eli! I so want to try Butter London nail polish but they’re a little pricy for me. One of these days I will splurge on one!

      Posted 2.11.13 Reply