August Fashion Calendar: Clover Canyon Inspired Nail Art

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I’m usually drawn to unique patterns when searching for new nail art ideas and as I was browsing for fashion trends I came across Bloomingdale’s August 2013 Fashion Calendar.  On the cover featured an outrageous

Multi colored, fit and flare dress by Clover Canyon for Fall 2013.

When I saw this dress my first reaction was to the colors and shapes in the print.  That’s when I knew this would be my next project nail art!

If you’ve never heard about Clover Canyon here’s a lil’ history as written in part by me and Clover Canyon.

Made in the U.S.A!
Fairly new fashion label Clover Canyon embarked on the scene a little over a year ago.  Designed and produced in Los Angeles, each Clover Canyon collection reflects the eclectic, joyful spirit of California through vivid prints and streamlined silhouettes.  How do they stay looking fresh and new?   Well it’s all in the artistry!  Clover Canyon has an amazing creative team of in-house designers and all of the garments are designed, patterned and cut and sewn in-house.

Clover Canyon is available internationally from the finest specialty stores, including  Bloomingdale’s, Saks Fifth Avenue, Neiman Marcus and Lane Crawford, and online retailers such as and Shopbop.

Links to items mentioned can be found at the bottom of this post.

Check out Bloomingdale’s Fashion Must Haves for August in their August Fashion Calendar!
http://pinterest.com/pin/430727151832179597/

With a few easy steps you too can get these trendy nails!

The Tools:

  • Black Nail Polish
  • White Nail Polish
  • Light Blue Nail Polish
  • Dark Blue Nail Polish
  • Pink Nail Polish
  • Yellow Nail Polish
  • Paper Towel
  • Tape
  • Fan Brush or any thin brush will work
  • Dry Fast Top Coat

Step 1:  Start with solid black nails
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 Step 2:  Using either nail striping tape or cut a few thin strips of tape and mask off your nail at an angle.

Tip:  To prevent your polish from ripping when you take off the tape… press the tape on your arm a few times.  This will remove some of the tackiness.

Step 3:  Paper Towel:  Cut some squares from a paper towel.  Make a Palette: On a piece of tin foil or saran wrap make a small palette.
Dip some of your white polish onto your palette.
Crunch up a paper towel square and dip it into your white nail polish.
Lightly daub the paper towel onto your nails.

Clover-Canyon-Step2Step 4:  Allow your white polish to dry and repeat step 3 but use a light blue polish instead of white.

Randomly daub the light blue with your paper towel anywhere on your nails.

Step 5:  Repeat step 4 using a darker blue.

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Step 6: Using a fan brush or small thin brush lightly brush a few streaks of pink.  Followed by a few streaks of yellow.

Clover-Canyon-Step4Step 7: For your final painting step.  Using your fan brush paint a few random streaks of black over your tips.  Start at the tip of your nail brushing towards your cuticle.  (angle the brush so that it’s facing vertical.  This makes thinner brush strokes)

Step 8:  Once your polish has set.  Gently remove your tape.  Apply 1 coat of your favorite dry fast top coat to seal in your design.

To clean off your hands: Use a q-tip dipped in non-acetone nail polish and gently rub away the polish.  If you decide to use acetone polish remover just note that it’s extremely drying and you might see some white areas on your skin due to the drying agent in the acetone.
To remove this gently apply some moisturizer on your skin… try to avoid your nails because the oils have a tendency to lift the polish.

Clover-Canyon-Step5And there you have it!  Abstract Nail Art inspired by Clover Canyon.   Let me know what you think!

Hope to hear from you!

Shopping Links

Fashion

Clover Canyon – Glacial City Dress – clovercanyon.com $277,
Bloomingdale’s Glacial City Dress – $278
Saks Fifth Avenue

Neiman MarcusClover Canyon
Lane Crawford,
ShopbopClover Canyon

Nail Products

  • Black Nail Polish – / Variety — Any generic black nail polish will work.  Here’s some links Buy It Now: Amazon $1 -$8
  • White Nail Polish – Alpine Snow -OPI / Buy It Now: Amazon $6 – $7
  • Light Blue Nail Polish – Rock the Boat – Essie / Buy It Now: Amazon $6 – $8
  • Dark Blue Nail Polish – Mesmerize – Essie / Buy It Now: Amazon $5 – $8
  • Pink Nail Polish – Bachellorette Bash – Essie / Buy It Now: Amazon $5 – $9
  • Yellow Nail Polish – Darcy – Zoya / Buy It Now: Amazon $8
  • Striping Tape / Buy It Now: Amazon $.27 – $3
  • Fan Brush or any thin brush will work – 15pc nail art brush set – includes 2 different size fan brushes / Buy It Now: Amazon $2.15
  • Dry Fast Top Coat – Seche Vite / Buy It Now: Amazon $4.80 -$8
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