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I noticed lately nail art has been breaking its borders. It’s not just nails that we paint on these days, nail art has extended to fingers too. Cuticle tattoos, Lorde’s frostbitten nails and recently, nails at the Thome Browne NYFW show. It seems like it’s all heading towards getting our cuticles involved in the game of nail art.

So, inspired by this emerging trend, (remember you heard it first here) I decided to come up with my own version of cuticle nail art or, ‘extended nail art’ in the form of today’s black and silver nails. The main idea was to create a pattern that will organically extend from nails to the cuticles. Not just a random doodle but a design that unites nails, cuticles and fingertips.

To get the look:

  1. Paint all nails with 2 coats of matte silver nail polish. I used Severina Soft Silver.
  2. Using a striping nail art brush and black polish, paint moon details on pointer and little fingernails. Paint stripey patterns on all other nails.
  3. Using a dotting tool and black nail polish, create a dotted pattern on all nails as pictured.
  4. Using the same dotting tool, a brush and black nail polish, paint patterns on your fingers . Clean up around cuticles where required. Done!

Note: the beauty of painting on fingers/cuticles is that if you make a mistake, you can remove it and re-do very quickly. In my experience, it’s actually easier to paint nail polish onto skin than on nails. A surprising & unexpected discovery!

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Used: Severina Soft Silver, Isadora 191 Black Lacquer, RuNail dotting tool and nail art brush, and SoNailiciousBoutique jewellery.

If you’re curious to see how I wore this nail art in real life, check them out with this all black outfit.

So what do you think about Extended Nail Art? Are you keen to join the cuticle nail art revolution?

As always, if you recreate this nail design or maybe come up with your own version of cuticle nail art, tag it #SoNailicious on Instagram/Twitter, we’d love to see your work!

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  • Kelli The Nail Polish Challenge March 19, 2014, 11:44 am

    I’ll admit, the idea is intriguing! (Gorgeous nail art, btw!) But I don’t think it would last long, with washing your hands throughout the day ;)
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    • Maria @SoNailicious March 19, 2014, 1:48 pm

      Thank you! And, yes, you’re right it’s a one night thing only. But at the same time it’s great as removal is so easy! If you get sick of your cuticle decor just wash it off and keep going with the nail design only ;)

  • Moni March 20, 2014, 1:55 am

    Your mani is class. I had that idea of “framing” the nail with something beforeI had seen it sone, and still haven’t mamages to try it. Maybe because I think its for special occasions? Certainly for these larger-than-life-moments.
    I would not have thought of using polish, thoigh. But – why not? Better than eyeliner or paint.

    I think this has a wonderful potential for more arty designs, what do you think? :-)

    Greetings from Berlin! :-))
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  • Priyanjana March 20, 2014, 5:52 am

    Wow! just Wow!
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  • Elina March 20, 2014, 10:52 pm

    Hehe, I so this – http://shop.radnails.com/collections/cuticle-tattoos – some months ago, and thought that need to try, but forgot… But nice idea to draw something like that with polish. I rememberad myself at age 15 when I used to draw something like that on my leg with drawing ink… every morning. ;D

    • Maria V March 21, 2014, 1:14 pm

      Cuticle Tattoos?! Well, it’s definitely a trend now then. I’ll see if we’ll be able to get these tattoos to test drive. Would be fun!

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