Monochrome Nail Art Tutorial + Makeup Tips

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I am always on the lookout for new makeup/beauty products to try. I'll walk into a store meaning to buy groceries or home decor and I'll notice myself slowing drifting towards the beauty aisle. It's like the makeup section is a magnet and it's just pulling me in. I can't leave a store without checking out what's the latest and greatest in beauty and without picking up something to purchase. Last week, when I was at Walgreens to pick up my contact lenses solution, I found myself in the makeup aisle once again. I was casually checking out the aisles when I stumbled upon something amazing: nail art pens. Instead of ink, these pens were filled with nail polish. Their fine point tip made it really easy to draw and create designs on nails. Think of how many makeup tutorials I could create with it! I grabbed a couple and here I am with a tutorial. Don't forget to check the bottom of the post for some really useful nail tips.

One of the really cool things I love about the monochrome look is how versatile it is. You can wear it with a solid color, like a white maxi dress, or mix it up with a refreshing print, zebra is in this summer! Holla at my girls who don't wanna change their nail polish every week. This tutorial's for you ;)

Step by Step Tutorial

Monochrome Nail Art Tutorial

Step 1. Pick a base color and paint your nails. I chose Essie's Blanc as my main color. The white is crisp and very fresh. It takes about 2-3 coats for full coverage. Wait until your nails dry (watch a movie, read a book, dance in your room, just don't ruin your nails!).

Step 2. Take the Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Pen in Black and shake it a few times. Make sure the cap is still on when you're shaking. Remove the cap and press the tip of the pen down on a piece of paper. Wait until you see the nail polish flow through. Draw on the piece of paper to make sure the pen is working properly.

Step 3. Using the nail art pen, trace your nail. Take your time doing this, it takes a little getting used to at first. Retrace the outline for a thicker, bolder outline.

Step 4. Draw random lines on your nails. I know this sounds ridiculous, but yes, draw random lines! Don't think of how they'll look on your nail, just draw. Make sure all the lines are connected with one another. There shall be no line left behind!

Step 5. Let your nails dry and apply a top coat. I like using Sally Hansen's Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat. It's a mouthful to say, but it prevents my nails from chipping for weeks!

Like I said before, I have some awesome makeup tips for you and your nails, so I won't keep you waiting any longer! Note: these tips are in no particular order and touch upon a wide

Tip #1: Glue is the secret weapon to removing glitter nail polish. Apply a thin coat of glue on your nails and let them dry. Then, apply the glitter polish as usual. PVA or polyvinyl acetate is the secret ingredient. This is a polymer that acts as an adhesive. It sticks to the glitter polish extremely well, so that when you start to peel the polish off, the entire thing comes off.

Tip #2: Dab a little acetone on your nail before you apply nail polish. Acetone, found in most nail polish removers, is known to remove oils from your fingernails. By removing the oils, a dry surface remains, making it easier for nail polishes to adhere to your nail. Your nail polish will definitely last longer! Don't overdo it with the acetone. Too much and it can have negative effects. My favorite product? Studio 35 Beauty Nail Polish remover. This is the easiest and least messy way to clean your nail or cover it in acetone. You stick your finger in, wriggle it around and voila, your nails are clean!

Walgreens Beauty Aisle
Studio 35's aisle at Walgreens. Can you spot the nail polish remover
I'm talking about in the photo??
Tip #3Rub almond oil around your nails and cuticles to keep them healthy. Constantly applying and removing nail polish can be horrendous for your skin. Make sure to take care of your nails every once in a while. I do it once every two weeks, but do what's best for you. If you don't apply nail polish as often as I do, you can probably do it once a month. My favorite product is OPI's Nail & Cuticle Replenishing Oil.

Tip #4: Dish soap is great for cleaning your cuticles and nails. I discovered this when I desperately wanted a manicure, but didn't have the money to go out and get one. I squirted a few drops of regular dish soap into warm water. I let my hands soak in the water for a minute or two before I started cleaning my nails. I prefer using Palmolive because their Soft Touch brand is much less drying on my skin than other dish soaps I've used.

Love this nail tutorial? Check out my Instagram for more designs I created using the nail art pens! Have a question/comment? Post below!
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  1. Oooh, this looks cool!
    It looks so easy to do, too; I can't believe I didn't think of it. :-P
    Can't wait to try it with different shades to celebrate the upcoming holidays!

  2. Great design! Looks super fun!! I'll have to check out these nail art pens! I have one from Sephora but it was kind of awful so I never gave other brands a chance. I will stop by my Walgreens soon!

  3. Love the design!
    Great tips too, thank you for sharing!

  4. What a unique look - I need to try this! And those tips are super helpful! I had always wondered how girls pulled off such flawless nail looks! #client

  5. What a super cool look...and it looks really easy to do. Thanks for sharing these useful tips...I'm gonna try rubbing almond oil on my nails and cuticles.

    Keisha xo

  6. Interesting tip about the glue - that would have saved me a lot of frustration when I was still using glitter polish on my fingernails. (I haven't painted them since discovering Jamberry :)

  7. OMG I really wanna try these nail art pens now!!! What a great find. Glad you stumbled upon these at the store. =0)

  8. Love the tip on adding glue before applying the glitter nail-polish, because we all know the pain and drying effects ripping through glitter nail-polish can be ahahaha and I love the monochrome nail art! :)

  9. Ohh that's super cool! Amazing tips! =D
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  10. I'm the same way---I'll be at Target to get milk and then I'll have two lipsticks in my cart before I know it. That nail design reminds me of spiderman for some reason. Maybe it looks like webs?

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  11. Amazing nail art. I will try this nail polish remover for sure. Thanks for the detailed tutorial.

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