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Matte and Gold Accents on Robin Egg Blue Nails

by Lindsay on October 1, 2013

in nails

Matte and Gold Accents on Robin Egg Blue Nails // Belle Belle Beauty

I’m excited to share my fourth installment of nail art with Suave® and Q-tips® for their awesome ManiCure Pinterest sweepstakes! Again, we are talking about texture and I am doing another twist on matte finishes. Clearly, this is a trend I can’t get enough of! Along with getting creative with nail art, I’ll also be sharing tips on keeping skin moisturized and nails looking clean and healthy.

Matte and Gold Accents on Robin Egg Blue Nails // Belle Belle Beauty

Up first, a little detail about the ManiCure Pinterest sweepstakes– make sure to head over to the Suave Beauty Pinterest page and pin one of my featured looks (or any other looks by my fellow influencers) and copy the pin URL to the Suave Beauty Facebook page to enter for the chance to win Suave® Skin Solutions Body Lotions and Q-tips® Precision Tips cotton swabs or $500 for the ultimate day of beauty and style!

Matte and Gold Accents on Robin Egg Blue Nails // Belle Belle Beauty

I’ve been rotating between Suave® Skin Solutions Soothing Body Lotion with Aloe and the Suave® Skin Solutions Smoothing Body Lotion with Cocoa Butter & Shea. I really can see a difference in my skin and cuticles, looking both richer and healthier. After moisturizing, I pushed back my cuticles and prepped nails with a base coat. Before the base coat, I used a little alcohol on a Q-tips® Precision Tips™ cotton swab to make sure my nail beds were oil-free. This week, I wanted to change things up from my normal fall routine of dark and moody nails. I went with a Robin Egg Blue base coat for something cheerful and fresh.

Matte and Gold Accents on Robin Egg Blue Nails // Belle Belle Beauty

To add a little bit of interest, I decided to play with the texture of the base coat. But I wanted a bit of contrast. To paint only a portion of the nail, I used clear tape to cover approximately half of the nail on a diagonal. I alternated between both the top and bottom of the nail and the direction of diagonal. Although, I think symmetry in the shapes would also look cool. The Q-tips® Precision Tips cotton swabs came in handy for pressing down the corners of the tape to ensure precise polish too.

Matte and Gold Accents on Robin Egg Blue Nails // Belle Belle Beauty

I painted on a matte top coat to the exposed areas of the nail and allowed the polish to dry. Gently remove the tape to ensure the polish doesn’t pull. I did get a few areas where the polish was pulled off, but don’t worry about that. Our next step will hide any damage caused by the tape.

Matte and Gold Accents on Robin Egg Blue Nails // Belle Belle Beauty

To take it to the next level, I used a nail art brush and gold polish to delineate between the matte and shiny areas of the nails. This extra step really makes the contrast in texture pop. Use a Q-tips® Precision Tips cotton swab to correct any mistakes while the gold polish is still wet.

Matte and Gold Accents on Robin Egg Blue Nails // Belle Belle Beauty

Vaguely reminiscent of that coveted little blue box, these gold and blue nails are a mix of playful and luxurious.

This post was created in connection with my appointment as an Influencer for Suave® and Q-tips®.  Visit www.facebook.com/SuaveBeauty for the chance to win Suave® Skin Solutions Body Lotions and Q-tips® Precision Tips cotton swabs or $500 for the ultimate day of beauty and style.

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