I really love doing my nails. I do. I like being girly every now and again. The only thing is, I often find that I don't have the skill or the patience to pull off complex manicures. Honestly, I'm lucky if I can manage to stay inside the lines and not smudge it up 10 minutes after I've finished and think they've dried. (Pretty sure they do that on purpose...)

So when I saw the Oscar de la Renta Fall 2013 Collection-inspired nail art how-to, I figured why not! I'm on spring break, I've got time. I was determined. After a particularly awful tribal nail art gone wrong incident, I had a lot to prove to my nails.

No, I would not let them down. And plus, it looked simple enough...right?

What you'll need:

This is one of the things I like best about this how-to. Pretty much just go into your drawers or your fridge or wherever you keep your hordes of polish and select your brightest colors. You will need black, blue, red, orange, yellow, coral (or pink) and green.

You might also want a nail art brush, but I just used tiny paintbrushes and a steady hand. You will also need Q-tips and nail polish remover.

Step 1: Paint your index, middle and little finger blue.

Step 2: Paint all of your nails black. Every single one.

Step 3: Paint your index, middle and little finger yellow. Then orange. Then red. Don't touch the thumb and ring finger yet. Wait until your nails are 100% DRY. This is where I messed up so if my nails look a little jank...well, that's why. (Remember how I said I was impatient?) Use a quick drying spray if you'd like because the drying process takes FOREVER.


Step 4: Use a Q-tip dipped in polish remover and rub, allowing the layers to show through. Don't use too much remover, and rub in one direction. If you rub through to the nail, don't worry, just use some blue to fill in the empty spaces. For some reason, this was the trickiest part for me. You wouldn't think that just rubbing off polish would be hard, but for me it was.

This is what you're aiming for, but the original tutorial does it way better:

If you don't wait until it dries...this is what happens:

Step 5: For the nail covered in black, you're going to create some cute floral designs. This is what it will end up looking like:


It's pretty simple: Draw a blue branch and add some blue dots around it (I used a darker and lighter shade for accents because I thought the dark blue by itself was hard to see). Then add a squiggly green branch and some pink flowers. The tutorial said coral, but I improvised.

For the flowers, I also added a bit of yellow and black dots to make them more detailed. Not when the original how-to did but, like I said, feel free to deviate. (I also like my nails to look a little abstract...gives me an excuse if I mess them up.)

This is what you should end up with:

Step 6: Ta-da! All done. If you're so inclined, feel free to add a layer of clear polish for a shiny finish. That's my finished product above. Yeah, it's not nearly as good as the original how-to, but it's much better than my awful nail art experiences of the past and something I can work with.

I'm actually just kidding. Mine is the one below.

I managed to just swirl the polish on my "oops" nail to make it presentable. It looks more like a Jackson Pollock painting now, but since when is that a bad thing? For my first honest nail art attempt, I'm not going to grade it too harshly. [via Glamour]

What are some of your favorite nail art designs? Are you going to try these Oscar de la Renta-inspired nails? Would you consider yourself a nail art expert?

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