Recently, I found myself searching through photos on my computer and I was left astounded by the number of old nail art photos I had! Some were posted on Instagram ages ago, some were featured in early Glamorously You/Glamorously Nicole articles, and others had never left the folders on my computer.
I wanted to share these photos with you because I believe in constant growth and to never stop believing in yourself. It is so amazing to see the improvement in not only the quality of my nail art but the photos I was taking as well. I hope this timeline inspires you to keep working on whatever makes you happy, regardless of how good you are right now. So without further ado, here are highlights of my last 4 years of nail art!
2012 Nail Art
I like to use the things around me as inspiration, which is why I decided to mimic some of the patterns on this denim jacket I had. This was also the first time I practiced using tape for designs!
You just paint pieces of tape and then cut them according to whatever pattern you need (strips for stripes, zig-zags for chevron, etc.). It is definitely a go-to method if you’re not good at free-handing.
2013 Nail Art
Apparently I had Lion King/jungle fever when I decided to tackle this design. I used crinkled up plastic wrap to master the detail for the leaves on the trees.
My love for ladybugs displayed in a manicure! I used different sized dotting tools for this one – from the spots to the tiny ladybugs on my thumb.
This manicure was inspired by my favorite movie, The Wizard of Oz. When using something as inspiration, I always think about which colors, patterns, and textures immediately come to mind. So I definitely couldn’t pass up on the ruby glitter and the blue and white gingham pattern!
2014 Nail Art
I loved the print on this notebook so much that I decided to replicate it on my nails. Floral prints have always been a challenge for me but I was determined to get this one right! It’s hard to see but I applied gold flakes in between the roses to replicate the gold accents on the notebook.
I don’t exclude anything as possible inspiration – that goes for items in my fridge as well! Strawberries are my favorite fruit and I just had to show that off with this fun summer manicure. (By the way, the leaves took me forever to paint!)
Holidays are the best time for easy nail art. For this manicure, I utilized some nail stickers I had laying around. I could never paint a detailed star like that!
This is one of my favorite holiday designs I have done. I was really pleased with how neat and shiny it came out.
I love the look of painting the same pattern on each nail. It’s so eye-catching and bold – like this gold and black holiday chevron!
2015 Nail Art
This nail art was inspired by a bralet and skirt set I had in my closet. The colors were so bright and beautiful that I had to replicate it in some way. This was the first time I tried the dry-brush technique, which is when you take away all the excess polish on the brush and swipe it on your nail. It leaves wonderful, detailed brushstrokes on the nail!
This was one of my first nail tutorials here on the blog! I love how perfect and “detailed” these came out. Really, the lace detail was created using a dotting tool. I made white dots that were topped with smaller purple dots, which created the lace effect.
I also featured a tutorial for this design in the early days of the blog. Hands down, this is one of my favorite, all-time nail art designs!
2016 Nail Art
Unfortunately, this year hasn’t granted me as much time to experiment with nail art. I haven’t had as much time to do more complex nail designs but I try to keep my manicures fun and quirky regardless!
Ahh my favorite nail polish. This is Essie “Aruba Blue”, the quintessential sapphire blue.
Finally, here’s another all-time favorite of mine – Burberry nails! I achieved the perfect plaid design by using the tape method I mentioned earlier. My followers loved this on my Instagram and so did I!
I would say I have definitely improved on my photography skills as well as my overall nail care and patience when doing designs. I love that I have these photos to look back on and see how far I’ve come!
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