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The Bright Pastel Nail Art Tutorial

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This week is Australian Fashion Week. That’s where pretty much where I’m living at the moment. Pastels are proving to be one of the main trends of the 2014 season. However, this time they are different, brighter, fresher with a touch of neon. Today’s nail art tutorial showcases how the bright pastel trend can be incorporated into nail art. A very talented Latvian nail blogger/nail technician Elina aka NailScope prepared this tutorial for you. Enjoy! – Maria, xx

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This Bright Pastel manicure incorporates two of the biggest trends of this season, lines and negative space. The two work together so well bringing a fresh and light feel to whole look. Done in white and bright pastels colours this nail art is crisp and modern It’s perfect for any season be it spring or winter (for a more winery feel use blue nail polish instead of coral or green).

This nail art is relatively easy to do to. It doesn’t require any drawing skills, but you will need patience and accuracy when dealing with the striping tape. Check out our tutorial below to learn how to do these bright pastel nails at home.


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  1. Apply a base coat and wait until completely dry.
  2. Attach striping tape as pictured. Make sure the tape is attached to the nail properly to ensure the clean lines.
  3. Now, work one nail at a time. Paint the horizontal stripes in one colour (coral) and the vertical lines in the other colour (mint). Then carefully remove the striping tape with tweezers and repeat this step on other nails.
  4. When all nails are done, apply 2 coats of a quick dry clear top coat and you’re finished!

bright pastel nail art

Used: Orly Nailtrition base, Zoya Purity (white), China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy (bright coral pastel), Daewon #184 (bright mint), Seche Vite top coat.

Hope you enjoyed this Bright Pastel nail art tutorial! Look forward to seeing your version!

- Elina.

If you recreate this nail design, make sure you tag Elina @nailscope and @So_Nailicious in your photo on Instagram we’d love to see your work!

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  • Manisha April 10, 2014, 2:51 pm

    These look great. Lovely design
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  • Mina April 10, 2014, 8:42 pm

    Fell head over heals with this one – cute beyond awesome! The colours your chose are so cudly but then the design is just so fantastic! Double points for the patience with that striping tape! Wow!
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    • Maria @SoNailicious April 11, 2014, 12:53 am

      Thank you Mina and Manisha on behalf of Elina who prepared this tutorial. I absolutely in love with this nail design! It has so much potential and basically can be recreated in any colours you like – from gold and black to white and pastel (as shown).

  • Margriet April 11, 2014, 6:50 am

    This is a beautiful idea. I love the design. Perfect for Spring and very chic
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  • talkerblogger April 11, 2014, 10:29 am

    It’s such a pretty design and I am so loving the colors !!
    Awesome job but I doubt if I can even manage to do a tiny bit of that amazing nail art :)
    You’re the best Maria !
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  • Chelsea April 13, 2014, 2:16 am

    Super adorable look! Any information on how the thumb is done? :)

  • Kerri @ Beauty and Things April 13, 2014, 5:07 pm

    Such a great tutorial and a pretty design.

  • Elina April 14, 2014, 3:36 am

    Thanks ladies about good comments! They inspires me to do more beautiful nail art! :)

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