NAIL ART: Muted Abstract Minimalist Nails

by - July 31, 2020

Lately I've been doing a lot of bright and a lot of cute, so when I sat down to do this mani I knew I needed a bit of a palette cleanse when the shades I was drawn to were all sort of earthy and muted. It tends to be a bit of a habit for me to go hard with bold, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink types of mani's and then pretty quickly need something a little softer and a little bit more subtle, which was definitely the case with this. I'm actually finding myself really, really drawn to abstract, minimalist sorts of nail art lately, so this really did it for me and I'm a little bit in love with what came out. 

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For this mani, I started with my two middle fingers because I knew that's where I wanted to do nail art and I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out and therefore what I would want to do with my other fingers. I applied two coats of Essie's Rainwear Don't Care*, which may be my favorite beige base for nail art. Once that was dry, I actually chose the rest of the colours for the mani, which turned out two be two distinctly different sagey greens and a sort of browny mauve. They just really felt like they would work well together.

For the nail art, I kept it really simple. I just applied swipes of each of the accent colours to each nail. Not quite a dry brush technique, but I did take off a lot of the polish so that I ended up with that sort of grungey trail away on each swipe. Next, while the polish from the swipes was still wet, I went in and added just some little accents of silver foil flakes to add some texture and subtle interest to each nail. I then applied matte top coat to bring everything together. 

For the stamping, I reached for the WhatsUpNails B044 From Ground Comes Life Stamping Plate and actually changed my mind on which images I was going to use at the last minute, going with these two sort of branchy images in a deep slate grey stamping polish. 

I decided to add all three colours to my remaining nails, with the more pastel sage on my thumb, the deeper sage on my pointer finger, and the mauve on my pinkie. I then applied a coat of matte top coat to all of my nails and voila!

All Products Used
Essie - Rainwear Don't Care*
Essie - Can Dew Attitude*
Color Club - Lady Holiday
Maison Jacynthe - Taormina*
Clear Jelly Stamper - Slate Gray
Essie Matte About You Top Coat Silver Foil Flakes* Mermaid Nail Art Brush* (use affiliate code TRYSH at for 10% off)
WhatsUpNails B044 From Ground Comes Life Stamping Plate
BeautyBigBang Clear Stamper 

If you're interested in checking out my video tutorial on how to do this look, head over to @pblnails on Instagram! And be sure to follow for more nail art and tutorials in the future - I really am having so much fun filming my nail art and sharing it!

The thing I love about abstract nail art is that it's completely wide open and there are so many things you can do - from very intricate designs to very simple designs, in bright bold colours or a softer, more muted palette. It's also really beginner friendly, I think, and perfect for anyone who wants to try out nail art without investing in a whole bunch of tools and stuff - you know, if you skip the stamping. If you decide to try this out, I'd love to see what you come up with!

Also, I really do think that the Silver Foil Flakes* are an amazing addition to any nail artist's arsenal and I think they're a great thing to reach for to just add a little something to a simple mani like this one. If you're interested in picking them up, feel free to use my affiliate code TRYSH for 10% off your order!

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