Nail Art Masterclass with Maybelline NY

Nail art really isn’t my thing – I somewhat struggle to paint both hands without making a total mess of it, so the idea of painting a teeny tiny intricate design on a canvas the size of a fingernail….really not going to happen! But when Maybelline invited me along to learn some simple, but seriously impressive looking nail art designs I was pretty excited – and happy to report, that I actually learnt a few easy to do tricks!

I’ve included lots of step-by-step photos of the process and video tutorials for two of the looks. I also had a bit of a peak at some of the new launches coming soon from the brand.

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I won’t try and explain the ‘Sealed with a kiss’ or ‘Spring Floral’ look as the videos do it far better than i ever could! But for the Ombre Animal Print the following steps are how to recreate this look:

  • Start with your base shade, this will be the palest shade in the ombre, in this case a yellow.
  • When dry (important) layer the next lightest colour over about 2/3 of the nail and use a sponge (in this case a sponge eyeshadow applicator) to lightly sponge the join between the colours and create a graduated blend.
  • Repeat with the next colours in the ombre, letting each coat dry before starting the next.
  • The next top tip is to layer over a glitter coat as this helps blend all the shades together and hide any slight imperfections.
  • Then, when dry (again, important!) you can draw the animal print. These are simply painted with a fine brush, dipped in a black polish and painted in little uneven ‘C’ shapes plus a few little spots/blobs to keep things uneven.
  • With the pattern make sure you get right to the edge of the nail to make it look as like a consistent nail wrap pattern as you can!
  • When dry (very important – or else the patter will smudge and drag) pop your glossy top coat over and voila, you are Picasso of the nail world! 

Now, mine aren’t perfect at all – but the main thing I realised was how even if the nail looks a bit rubbish during the process – when it’s all finished it somehow comes together and looks pretty good! It’s a lot easier than I ever though and whilst you won’t find me creating new masterpieces on every nail I do like the idea of recreating these looks as feature nails for a bit of a different look.

On the new product front – there are some amazing ‘dotty’ shades – more on these soon! But basically it’s taking the ‘speckle’ polish up a notch. Plus there’s a new nail removal product – basically the Maybelline version of the Bourjois 1 Seconde remover – which I’m a huge fan of so excited to see a new version on the market!

PR samples received at event.



  1. Sami
    May 5, 2013 / 1:52 pm

    Love this! I’m always looking for simple nail art ideas!

  2. Diaryofawannabesomething
    May 6, 2013 / 10:57 pm

    I really love the ombre leopard nail, I’ve been meaning to try and do it myself for so long after constantly seeing it on Instagram. Knowing my luck I’ll do it perfectly on the Left Hand and absolutely rubbish on the right (I’m right handed) but you’ve actually inspired me to at least give it a try after doing such a good job! After all, nail art is ‘in’ now, and who are we to ignore it, right? 🙂 Love your blog x

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