I have to admit I find painting my nails therapeutic and paint them at least once a week. I have my go-to favourite colours but I love the challenge and gratification of trying out nail art once and awhile.
For this nail art I chose two neutrals and one statement colour as my base colours. I first shape my nails and cut my cuticles, then moisturize (my hands are often dry, especially in the cold weather). Make sure you remove any oils before you start the painting process so the nail polish can really adhere to the nail. I don't use a base coat, some people say it's important so you don't stain your nails but I find the colour polish adheres better and lasts longer without a base coat (just my opinion). Next I applied two coats of the nail polish to each nail and let dry for a long time. I often paint my nails in phases, for example: I paint my first coat and then go do something and then come back to my second coat. Sometimes I don't use a top coat until the next morning to ensure the colours have dried properly. For this nail art I chose to do two nails in Sand Tropez, two nails in Chinchilly and one in Lilacism.
Next step was the designs and which nails to paint them on. I did a line of polka dots on my pinkies in a white polish by MARK. I chose to make the darker nail sparkle with a gold sparkle by Spanatural. Finally on the lilac nail I did triangles in the same white as the dots. I have a nail painting tool to do these designs, one end is like a small paint brush and the other is a metal rounded end, perfect for dots. I'm still working on the straight lines, the triangles weren't perfect but I liked the look of all the nails together.
Make sure when you've put this much effort into your nails you apply a good topcoat. My favourite is Essie Gel-Setter, because it leaves your nails with a really good shine but it also helps them last longer with little to no chips.