MANI MONDAY: Black & White Minimalist Nail Art

by - June 29, 2020

Hey guys! It's our last week of June's Nail Art Roulette for #CBBxManiMonday and this week my pairing was a Black & White/Nude colour story and a Minimalist theme. Considering I have a tendency to take a more everything-but-the-kitchen-sink kind of approach to my nails, this was outside of my comfort zone but I found that I really loved the results within the parameters of keeping it monochrome and simple. Also... I always forget just how much I love a dotticure!

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I was going to go with a nude base for this, but Essie's Go With The Flowy was just calling to me and I figured that going with a soft grey would still stay within the black and white color story... right? So I applied two coats as my base and then added a coat of top coat so that I had a really smooth surface for my nail art. 

For this mani, I was inspired by a lot of the minimalist nail art designs that you can find on Pinterest, that incorporates sort of blobs of white polish paired with black dots... so that's what I did. Using Born Pretty Store White Stamping Polish, I just sort of blobbed it on there, making sure to get a sort of loose, blobby side. (How often do you get to use the term "loose and blobby" to describe nail art???) 

For the dots, I used Born Pretty Store Black Stamping Polish along with the medium sized dotting tool from the Dotting Tool Trio*, which was perfect for getting the sizes of dots that I was looking for. Once I was finished with the dotting, I let this dry for probably an hour to really give the dots time to harden before I did anything else, because I've ruined many a mani by top coating too early. 

To finish, I added a generous coat of Seche Vive Top Coat and voila!

All Products Used
Essie Go With The Flowy
Born Pretty Store White Stamping Polish
Born Pretty Store Black Stamping Polish
Seche Vive Quick Dry Top Coat Dotting Tool* 
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I feel like Minimalist nail art is DEFINITELY having a moment right now and I've found that I'm pretty here for it and looking forward to playing a little more in this style - so keep an eye out for more nail art featuring blobs and dots... Who doesn't love blobs and dots?

If you're in need of some dotting tools for your collection, I do highly recommend the Dotting Tool Trio*, which were kindly gifted to me and which I've reached for a TON since I received them. They're really sleek white, which I love having on my nail desk, and the trio is only $9.99! Be sure to check them out and, if you're interested, feel free to use affiliate code TRYSH for 10% off your order!

Thanks for reading!

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