NAIL ART: Olive & Black Scalloped French Mani

by - September 27, 2023


I have to admit, with next week marking the beginning of October, since apparently September decided to go full on speed round this year, my brain is already fully entrenched in Halloween nail art, so for my last mani before the marathon of Halloween nails I decided to keep it really, really simple. Honestly, I'm actually finding that my taste in nails is actually starting to simmer down a bit and I'm enjoying simpler designs more and more recently, so it's not entirely a surprise that I wanted to do something simple and pretty. 

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For the base polish for this mani, I pulled out a fall favorite of mine from Cuticula called Cardigan. This is a gorgeous pale olive polish packed with gold flakes and it just absolutely screams fall to me. I personally love polishes with gold metallic flakes through them but this one might be one of my absolute favorites. I chose this polish for this particular mani because I felt like it would work really well with the black tip to maintain the fall vibes. 

To start, I applied two coats of Cardigan to all of my nails and let that dry down.

For the stamping, I decided to use a portion of a sort of this sort of floral image from the Pueen 51 Stamping Plate from the 24B collection. This is definitely not the way the image was intended to be used, but I think it actually works beautifully to create this sort of scalloped French detail that looks almost art deco inspired in this instance, especially with the gold in the base polish. I applied the same image at the tip of each of my nails.

Once I was happy with the design, I sealed it in with a layer of nail art top coat and then finished with a matte top coat to bring down the shine. And voila!

All Products Used
Pueen - 805 Black Jack*
Pueen 51 Stamping Plate
Pueen Chunky Soft Transparent Stamper
Pueen Latex Tape Liquid Peel Off Cuticle Guard*
Cuticula - Cardigan
Apipila Smudge Free Top Coat
OPI Matte Top Coat

* = PR Sample

I love love love the way this design turned out. I feel like it really underscores the idea that you really can get creative with some stamping images and do things with them that they probably weren't intended to do. I love the original image and I think it would make a gorgeous mani, but I think I like this even more and I feel like it's much more my personal style.

If you're interested in any of the Pueen products I used in this mani, they're all available from Amazon and I highly recommend checking them out!

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