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3 Designs to Try with Your Birchbox Nail Art Kit

We’ve pulled together our must-have products for DIY nail art in our exclusive Birchbox + Color Club kit, and now it’s time to put those new tools to use. Here are three simple ways to jazz up your nails—no expertise required.

Classic Polka Dots

Polka dots are an easy yet superstylish way to add pizzazz to your tips. Tiny dots may look intimidating, but with the dotting end of a nail art pen, they’re foolproof (promise!).

  1. Apply a base coat, such as alessandro, to create a smooth surface for polish and prevent staining.

  2. Polish each nail with two coats of a classic candy apple red, which flatters all skin tones. Try Color Club Look Book.

  3. Remove the cap from the white nail art pen to reveal the dotting tool. Gently squeeze the tube to collect a small amount of polish at the tip of the pen, then apply the dot to your nail. Remember: Less is more. Add polka dots across the surface of each nail until you’re happy with the results.

  4. Let the dots dry completely, then finish with a [top coat]product:3848), such as alessandro’s quick-dry formula. Clean up any stray polish with a cotton swab or small brush dipped in remover.

Edgy Black Pyramids

While we love the classic rounded half moon, this angular design in contrasting colors revamps the look. Use the nail art brush to achieve smooth, straight lines.

  1. After applying a base coat, apply two coats of white polish to your nails—it’s a fresh update to the standard pale beiges and pinks.

  2. Using the brush end of the black nail art pen, paint two diagonal lines at the base of each nail, creating the outline of a triangle. Then use the brush to fill in the triangle with black polish.

  3. Once the polish has dried completely, clean up around the edges with nail polish remover, and seal the look with a shiny top coat!

Gold Foil Gradient

Try a new take on glitter with one of this season’s hottest nail trends: foil flakes. These loose metallic flakes add serious glitz to your manicure—a perfect look for the holidays.

  1. Apply a base coat and two coats of the nail polish of your choice to each nail.

  2. While the polish is still tacky, use tweezers to pick up a tiny piece of gold foil and apply the flake to your nail.

  3. Continue adding flakes in a random pattern or in a gradient, concentrating more foil at the tip or base of your nail. If the flakes are too large, break them up with the tweezers until they’re the desired shape and size.

  4. Apply one to two layers of a sealing top coat for shine and long-lasting wear.

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