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Phillip Lim Nail Art

This Mani Monday nail art was inspired by a jumpsuit designed by 3.1 Phillip Lim from his Womens Ready-To-Wear Resort 2014 Collection.

Jumpsuits have become a huge trend this season.  I instantly fell in love with the print in this jumpsuit and knew at first glance, I wanted to create a nail look based on this contemporary  print.

Take a look at the nails behind the fashion print and then see how I achieved this chic nail design with a few simple steps.


Phillip Lim Nail Art


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The Set Up/Tools:

  • Nail Polish Palette: Make a palette for mixing your polish colors using either a paper plate, wax paper, tin foil or what I used which is Saran Wrap.
  • Brush Cleaner:  Get a small bowl, either a pyrex dish, empty plastic container and pour some acetone and a few drops of tea tree oil.  (The tea tree oil will prevent your brush from drying out.)
  • Small Angle Brush
  • OPI Nail Polish Thinner
  • Nail Polish:  White, Black, Yellow, Orange, Light Blue, Dark Blue, Light Green, Dark Green

These are the colors I used for this nail art.
Polish Links:


  1. Start with a full white nail.  I used 2 coats of  Vinylux Creme Puff by CND
  2. The First Layer: Dab your polishes onto your palette and thin them out a bit with OPI Nail Polish thinner.  Using a small angle brush, apply a few brush strokes of the lightest shade of each color onto your nails. (Clean off your brush in between colors with your brush cleaner solution)
  3. Second Layer:  Using the same technique dab a bit more polish to your palette and re apply more strokes of the darker shade over the first shade.  Creating a water color effect to your nail.  (To create a dusty look to the orange shade, apply a stroke of blue over parts of the orange area)
  4. Using a striping brush or Nail Art Duo pen Apply black lines over the uneven edge of the colors, creating an uneven border.  (Mimicking the pattern in the jumpsuit)
  5. Wait 5 minutes for your stripes to dry.
  6. Apply your favorite Dry Fast Top Coat for a brilliant shine!  I used Seche Vite for this nail design.


Step1 - Phillip Lim Nail Art





(Photo:, Nail Photos: Holly Singer for The Trendy Nail)



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