Spring Nail Training

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by Leandra Medine
April 19, 2013
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It’s better than a slumber party, kids!

It is my belief that the only girls-only event better than the traditional slumber party is one that takes place in the comfort of my kitchen cum living room cum dining room cum bathroom, with a round glass table covered in Sally Hansen towels and the most outrageous and simultaneously majestic accoutrements. For visual reference, see: pom poms, pipe cleaners, silver foil, glitter, metallic stars, and a vast-enough amount of green shades of nail polish to perfect the ideal kale nail. Yes, kale nail.

Now, I know what you’re thinking: Leandra, you ass brain with a brain made of ass, you don’t even wear nail polish, what are you talking about? And while you’re not completely wrong (I’ve gone through stealthy phases of both refusing to look at my finger tips without at least two shades of blue cloaking them and the same gesture but only in favor of bare nails), when it comes to dress up, nail art, and the ability to learn to do it myself implementing the sage advice of Sally Hansen’s own seasoned expert, there is virtually nothing I won’t try. With the help of Tracylee and Man Repeller illustrator-and-so-forth extraordinaire, Charlotte, I learned that while limb jewelry is great, finger jewelry just might be greater, cheaper and easier to shower with.

Now, in four such overzealous nods to an approaching spring/summer, we celebrated with bright colors and lots of texture. One set of nails was a salute to that rainbow rubber Delfina Delettrez collar (in order to perfect the stripes, Tracylee suggests using a thin paint brush), another to Emoji emoticons (we mixed colors–yellow and purple–to procure a poop-yeah!), one to Spongebob, now being referred to as Thumbob exclusively (outlining his visage is key, painting it in is phase II), and finally, the kale nail (with practiced the art of negative space on nails, too). Watch the video below to pick up some tips, tricks and maybe a giggle or two from the professionals, me not included. Though I did paint a red bracelet on to Charlotte’s wrist, a mole onto my face and between us, there is still so much glitter polish permeating my table, you’d think it’s been there from the get-go.

The most important thing we learned on this day is that topcoat is key and quick-dry is not a myth. The most important thing you will learn today is that if you submit your nail art images to Instagram and Twitter tagged #iheartnailart, someone will be watching and may very well offer you a really, really rad prize.

Video by Naomi Shon, music by Wynter Gordon (song title: The Lucky Ones.)

Part 1 of 3 in collaboration with Sally Hansen.

REPLIES
  • Nico
  • Sarah

    was that weed you were taking a picture of?

    • Leandra Medine

      NO! Kale!

      • Sarah

        hahaha i was going to say

      • Saakshi

        WELL I’M SURE GLAD YOU CLEARED THAT UP BADGALLEALEA (love you xoxoxoxo)

      • anon

        i was gonna say 4/20 blaze it

    • Shini

      I’d like to sound smartass and say BROCCOLI duh but i don’t actually know + wonder myself.

  • Quinn

    Those are some fine motor skills I don’t have!

  • Zahava Sivan

    I look forward to meeting you this summer Leandra.

  • http://www.fancyalterego.wordpress.com/ Heather P.

    My nails are in dire need of repainting (though I still argue that chipped neon pink polish is totally hot right now…Hansel), so maybe a kale nail is in my future too. Or not…because I’m dexterity-challenged. :-)

  • monkeyshines

    adorable and inspiring!

    monkeyshines
    http://monkeyshines-monkeyshines.blogspot.com/

  • Jamie

    So cute! But I’m sure if I did them it would look like a child painted my nails. I have a limited skill set.

    xo,

    Jamie

    http://inspirationlush.com/

  • maud.schellekens

    Love it!

    XOXO Maud

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  • http://www.fashionsnag.com/ Fashion Snag

    Loved the fun video!

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  • http://twitter.com/YayaGagaFashion Messamet serdane
  • The Urban Promeneur

    This must have been one funny ‘workshop’. The SH** emoji is the very best.

    http://THEURBANPROMENEUR.blogspot.com

  • Andreia Pereira

    OMG…
    I love the silver nails, it’s a realy good idea, i love you…

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  • Fashion Dawgs

    You are officially mental!

    Fashion Dawgs

  • brunetteletters

    I would love to see the bloopers!

    I probably have never owned Sally Hansen nail polish but I’ll think of you and this video once I see them again.

    http://www.brunettelettersblog.blogspot.com

  • Kitty

    God love you Leandra

  • ana romero

    omg I´m so addicted to nail polish! is a disease really :). love the post kisses http://www.rockafollow.com

  • Alexandra

    What kind of thin brush is that? Like a arts and crafts type or is it a special one for nails?
    Fun nails you got there :)

    http://www.prettyjools.com

  • Elaine Nardo

    Charlotte’s nails are a wreck. Does she bite them?

  • Rose Marie

    I work as a full time care assistant, so the fact that you’ve actually painted the ‘smiling shit’ emoticon on your fingernail makes me respect you that bit more.

    http://theroseandherclothes.blogspot.co.uk/

  • =^..^=

    Love the diamond eternity band youre wearing on your pinky in the 5th pic: Where’s it from ??

  • http://newbornfanatic.wordpress.com/ Newborn Fanatic

    hmm looks fun! love the star decoration on the pinky nail~

    http://newbornfanatic.wordpress.com/

  • http://www.facebook.com/kendra.adler Kendra Adler

    Mr. Hankey the nail polish poo art. Too too good

  • GracefullyBrazen

    I accidentally clicked on that third picture with Leandra and it totally freaked me out. So much eye! Its awesome though haha

  • Dandy

    This is great! I want to be at this sleepover/nail art party! Can I come next time?

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  • beautyandtheb

    haha loved the video, the foil effect looked especially interesting!!

    beautyandtheb1.co.uk

    B xxx

  • http://ravenmaidenmaven.blogspot.com/ Lydia Teo

    Oh, those nails are so lovely! Especially the striped one with so many colours, its so perfect for summer!

    ravenmaidenmaven.blogspot.com

  • ashley randall

    Fo’ real doe— You are the MASTER at integrating sponsors into your blog in such a tasteful way. You gettin’ paid, but it’s still 100% you. Good stuff. (Also, Sally Hanson doesn’t test on animals, so that’s a plus).
    xo
    ashley
    http://www.thephotogramps.blogspot.com

    • Maria

      Watch and learn, fellow bloggers, watch and learn…

  • Lauren at adorn la femme

    Leandra, you are a comedic Goddess!!! And you are the most whimsically chic and gorgeous woman in the world!!! Visiting your blog is my guilty pleasure every day!!!

    (=’.’=)

    Lauren at adorn la femme

  • Bonnie, Clyde + Marni

    This is so cool!!

    xxx
    Naomi
    http://www.bonnieclydemarni.com

  • SAAKSHI

    HAHAHAHA I JUST SAW THE EMOJI POO HAHAHAHHA LOVE YOU

  • http://madamecouture.blogspot.com/ Emma Hager

    Your hair is looking really good in that video, Leandra.

  • http://www.perfumehk.com/ parfums

    so lovely post,
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  • María Belén Acosta Meana

    omg! spongebob squarepants nails!

  • Tabitha

    What is this song?

  • Cynthia

    Loving Thumbob! Haha totally truing this at home!

  • Belén Cavas Hernández
  • http://www.facebook.com/paula.mcclelland1984 Paula McClelland

    I ONLY go with quick dry – and a top coat is a total MUST! I’m loving the cray rainbow nails – Might go do mine now :-D

    ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.
    http://shoe-fiend.blogspot.co.uk/

  • http://www.facebook.com/jenny.horner.52 Jenny Hörner

    GREAT BLOG!

  • Grace

    emoji smiley turd! nicely played.

  • Mrs.

    You scare me sometimes

  • marcia

    Just an FYI, my two-year-old who is obsessed with nail polish LOVES this video. She is dancing around the room gleefully and asking me to paint her nails now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Inês-Ribeiro/690532663 Maria Inês Ribeiro
  • italian architect

    what for a bullshit!

  • Online shopping for dresses

    love it….its so beautiful….

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  • Heidi Thornton

    That rainbow choker is wild.

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