I’ve been wanting to do a design like this for forever, but I honestly just couldn’t get it right. After I bought some professional art brushes to replaces some of my nail art brushes (and then trimmed them into nearly nothing), I decided to give it another go. And I kind of love it. New brushes for the win!
The blue on most of my nails is Sonia Kashuk Rain Check. On my index finger, I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls as a base, with Rain Check, Sinful Colors Blue La La, Orly Frisky, and Nina Ultra Pro Solar Flare for the design.
If you’re really into DIY nail art, I would definitely recommend investing in some nice brushes. I’ve had my Mash set for over a year – and actually just bought a replacement – and while they’re definitely great brushes, these new ones definitely made a huge difference.
Most of the time, the polishes I use in my nail art are the ones on my desk – which pretty much means they’re my go-to black and white (Sinful Colors) and my most recent purchases. I got both of these polishes last week at the Sally’s buy two get one sale, and thought they would look great together as a summery tribal design.
I used China Glaze Metro Pollen-Tin and Rose Among Thorns (which is a cool dark pink neon). The white is Sally Hansen White On.
I feel like florals and triangles are becoming my default nail designs. But that’s totally ok, because I love them!
Lately I’ve been loving nail designs centered around triangles (especially those by Mr. Candiipants and Chelsea Gets Nailed). I never realized how versatile they could be. Depending on how you arrange them, triangles can be classic, graphic, tribal, or any even Christmas trees. I tried out a few different designs here, tied together with a simple color palette, and they turned out kind of tribal-y. I can’t decide which one is my favorite!
I used Nicole by OPI I Sea You and Raise You and Essie No Place Like Chrome. The triangles were all freehanded using two different sized brushes. I’ve discovered that I am way too impatient to use tape, especially when it involves several different steps (like these would have) and cutting small pieces.
What do you think of these? I really want to try the design on my middle finger again, maybe with a gradient as the base.
About 90% of the time, when I bring home a new polish, I have to swatch it right away, whether it’s on my fingers, or a piece of tape. So I was playing around with a few new ones I got at Sally’s last week, and thought the colors would look good together. I somehow ended up with this.
I think it looks kind of tribal, but really, I was just making triangles out of lines. I kind of love the pattern.
I started with a base of China Glaze Peachy Keen, which has been on my wish list forever, and used China Glaze First Mate (blue) and Finger Paints Go Van Gogh (green, and also – love the name), to freehand all the lines.
I probably could have done a better job, but I was tired and not really paying attention. Still, I like how they turned out.
I really love how these turned out. I can’t even decide which one is my favorite! The chevrons are my favorite element. After this challenge is over, I’m planning on doing another set of tribal nails with just chevrons.
I wanted the design to speak for itself, so I chose four colors that contrast each other really well. I knew I wanted orange somewhere, so I started with that and then added on from there. There are so many possibilities with tribal nails! Seriously, just type it into Google.
I started with a base of Zoya Arizona (an amazing light orange). For the black, I went with China Glaze Smoke and Ashes. In real life, you can see the green/blue shimmer – sad it didn’t really show up in pictures. You can see it a tiny bit on the tip of my thumbnail and on my pinky. I love how the shimmer in the black kind of matches the aqua, which is China Glaze For Audrey. The white is Essie Blanc.
I would love to see your tribal nails, so feel free to post links in the comments!