get fancy: frankie pattern nail art

by dana leviston

Painting pretty things on your fingers is a fun way to spend your time, not to mention add a bit of pizzazz to your get-up. With the help of nail art aficionado Chelsea Bagan, we've come up with something special for your digits, inspired by the oh-so lovely frankie gift wrap book patterns. All you need is a teeny brush, a steady hand and a wee bit of patience, and you're on your merry painting way. Enjoy!

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DESIGN 1

TOOLS:

red nail polish
white nail polish
top coat
striper brush

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Paint on a clear base coat on first - this helps prevent colour staining and also prolongs the life of your manicure.

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2. Paint on two coats of your base colour (we used red).

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3. Using a striper paintbrush and a white polish, paint two small strokes to create a ‘V’ in the middle of the nail. Once you have this you can fill out the centre to make it look like more of a full heart.

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4. Repeat step 3 and paint two hearts, one above and one below.

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5. Repeat step 4, but on either side of the first row of hearts and in the gap between them.

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6. Continue across the rest of your hand, then add a clear top coat to seal the pattern.

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DESIGN 2

TOOLS:

white nail polish
pink nail polish
blue nail polish
green nail polish
black nail polish
clear top coat
striper brush
dotting tool (or bobby pin)

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Once again, paint on a clear base coat to prevent staining.

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2. Paint on two coats of white polish, then, using a nail art striper brush and a pink polish, paint on five tiny ‘V’ shapes in a circle to create your first flower.

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3. Repeat step 3 and paint one flower on each finger, then go around again using the blue colour.

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4. Using a dotting tool or bobby pin, place a spot of green in the centre of the flowers.

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5. Follow that by putting a white dot in the centre of the green, then another tiny green dot in the centre of that.

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6. Randomly place small black dots around the outside of the flowers and the centre of the blue flowers, then finish with a clear top coat to seal it in.

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DESIGN 3

TOOLS:

black nail polish
white nail polish
pink nail polish
blue nail polish
green nail polish
clear top coat
striper brush
dotting tool (or bobby pin)

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INSTRUCTIONS:

1. Apply a clear base coat, then paint on two coats of black polish.

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2. Using a dotting tool or bobby pin, paint on five dots in a circle to make your flower base. Repeat the process with your pink polish, then again with blue.

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3. Spot the centre of each flower with a contrasting colour, then using a striping brush and a green polish, paint on small stems and dashes for leaves.

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4. Pop on a top coat to finish, then spend some time flashing your fancy nails around!

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Tutorial by Dana Leviston, with nail art and designs by Chelsea Bagan of Trophy Wife. Pretty snaps by Bri Hammond

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