Tutorials: Aztec Print Breast Cancer Manicure

Geometrics shapes are totally in, plus it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so we’re combing two of our favorites into a super easy manicure from Neroli Nail Designer, Lisa.

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Supplies needed:

- Orange Wood Stick
- Yellow Block Buffer
- Nail File
- Aveda’s Beautifying Composition
- Aveda’s Cuticle Control
- Cotton Rounds
- Nail Polish Remover – I use Zoya’s “Remove +” (it nourishes your nails as you use it!)
- Base & Top Coat – Zoya’s “Anchor” & “Armor” are a must use!
- Nail Polish Color; for this design I used:
*Alpine Snow
*Suzi Has a Swede Tooth
- Art Supplies:
*Thin Acrylic Paint Brush
*Loose Glitter (Pink) or a dense glitter nail polish
Prep time: 5-10 min
Polish time: 15  min
Art design: 20-25 min
Drying time: 20-30 min

Step 1: File nails with your nail file. When finished, apply Aveda’s Cuticle Control to your cuticles. Let sit on for 5 minutes, then rinse off. Push back cuticles with an orange stick.
Step 2: Apply Aveda’s Beautifying Composition to cuticle area and massage into nail beds to add hydration. Buff nails with your yellow block buffer as this will allow for a smooth surface.
Step 3: Prep nails for polish with nail polish remover. This step is really important! Any oil or lotion that is on your nail won’t allow the polish to adhere and dry properly. Next, apply a thin base coat. Applying thin coats is important so it can dry properly and evenly. Let nails dry for 2-3 minutes before starting art.
Step 4: White Geometric Negative Space: Start your nail design by painting two diagonal lines at the base of your cuticle area, forming a triangle look, with your white nail polish. I softened the edges on some of my triangles by rounding the tips slightly.

Leaving some space in between, paint two more diagonal lines going towards the tip of your nail. What’s fun about this geometric look is you can play around with the shapes you use and how big or small you want them to be! You can either make everything symmetrical, or you can create a different look on each finger (like I did with this design) with variation in your shape sizes and the amount of space you leave open.


Step 5: Breast Cancer Pink Ribbon: Create the base of your ribbon using pink polish. Start with the top section, creating a small “U” shape and then tapering it in to the center. Criss-cross your lines and finish them at the tip of your nail. Let this dry for a few minutes.


Now comes the fun part – glitter! If you have a glitter nail polish, wonderful! If not, you can create your own like I did. Pour a bit of loose glitter (about half a teaspoon or so) into a small container followed by a little bit of top coat. Mix it up with an orange wood stick and you are ready to paint.


Finish off this look by going over top the ribbon with your glitter polish, keeping the polish thin. I had to do about 2-3 layers to make the glitter really pop.
Step 6: Once your art has set for about 5 minutes, apply a thin top coat. Make sure to cap the edges of your nails to seal everything in, too! This step helps your polish application to last a lot longer.
If you did use the Zoya system, Finish with Zoya’s drying drops to help speed up drying time. Give nail polish about 30 minutes to fully dry, though Zoya sets in about 10 minutes.
For more DIY nail inspiration follow Lisa on social media.
*Instagram & Twitter @lisaanaildesign
*Facebook “Lisa Nail Design at Neroli”.

This blog was written by Neroli Downtown Nail DesignerLisa. To schedule a manicure or pedicure service with Lisa, call 414.227.2888.

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