Trying the Color Blocking Trend — On My Nails

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Of late, I have become a bit of a collector of nail polish. When I started paying more attention to my fashion choices, I also started paying more attention to my nails and that is when I began using the best fingernail clippers in the world and bought a bunch of polish and nail art to make my nails as stylish as they could get.

I told myself that I’d do my nails weekly so they would always be fresh. And I did. Like twice. But then I completely fell of the wagon and have been walking around with bare nails for months. So give me an excuse to get started again and I’m in.


When Social Fabric offered me the opportunity to try color blocking my nails with Sally Hansen nail products, I jumped at the chance. Finally, I would get an opportunity to try all those fancy nail designs that I’d been collection on my Nailspiration board on Pinterest.

I initially wanted to do something with two colors, and possibly something diagonal. I really liked this concept, minus the gold leaf:


However, I was also intrigued by the idea of ombre nails, like this:


Still, to stay true to the idea of color blocking, I was drawn to the idea of two contrasting colors and with a simple tip in a bright color, much like this:


In the end, I chose to use three colors in a design that was a combination of the ones I found on Pinterest. I headed to Walgreens to load up on polish, along with a clear Sally Hansen topcoat, all purchased with my Walgreens Balance Rewards card. I ended up with three Sally Hansen colors: Blue-Away, Butter-fly Stroke, and a nail art pen in navy blue.


My nails were uneven at best, so I started by clipping and filing them to make them at least relatively even.


I started with one coat of Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails.


I followed that with two coats of Blue-Away and decided to do my ring fingers in yellow, Butter-fly Stroke.



While both colors are from the Insta-Dry collection and designed to dry really quickly, I still allowed my nails to dry for a full 15 minutes before moving on. It is really important that your nails are completely dry before you proceed to the next step.

While the ideas on Pinterest involved painter’s tape and other methods of creating straight, perfect lines on the nails, I am lazy and didn’t feel like doing all of that. This is why I purchased the nail art pen. With a fine tip, it’s pretty easy to draw shapes on your nails.


I drew a diagonal triangle on each ring finger and simply colored in the tip of each other nail.

I finished with a nice clear topcoat to seal it all in, hopefully for at least a week.

Of course, with my completely unsteady hands, I had to use some Q-tips and nail polish remover to clean up the skin around my fingers. Here’s the finished look:


It’s not perfect, but I like it!

I’ve been envisioning this nail design with a specific outfit:


This outfit will combine bunch of current trends: color blocking on my nails, pattern mixing with the striped top and polka dot skirt, and a high-low hem on the skirt. I can’t wait to wear it, once it’s warm enough again. So if my nails get messed up or chipped before I get to wear it, trust that I will be doing this design again.

You can create a similar look on your nails with products from Walgreens, and you can get $1 off Sally Hansen Tweezers and Clippers while you’re at it.

By jennae

Hi! I'm Jennae Petersen and I'm the eco diva who had the bright idea to share my journey toward green living with the blogosphere. Some of you may know me as the founder of Green Your Decor, my blog about eco-friendly home decor, as a Walmart Mom, from Twitter or from my organic cotton t-shirt line Differently Clothing. Stick around for a while!


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