Blue Manicure: Triangle Nail Art DIY

blue nail polishes -shells- vintage blue rhinestone necklace, manicures, nail diys

Hmmm… I’m not sure I’m completely, 100% in love with this. I mean, I loved the idea and have wanted to create it for a few weeks now but again, I’m not sure it came out exactly how I was hoping. I like it but I think I may have to give it another go with a bit of a different technique. I went with a Y shape over a simple V because the latter had a French manicure feel that I wasn’t aiming for. I think I just wanted the silver Y a bit thinner but my brush was too large. I may have to invest in this fun 15 piece nail art brush kit if I want to continue any of this nail art.

Here’s what I used:
* OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui
* ESSI Lapis of Luxury ~ my favorite nail color, Summer 2010
* LA Colors Art Deco polish ~ Silver with long, thin brushes.
* Chanel Brillance Extreme top coat ~ or your favorite top coat

Feelin' blue... two more hues to go. #nails #manicure

* 2 coats of your darkest color {OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui}

Note: you’ll want this to dry COMPLETELY so do it the day before or early in the morning, then finish up the rest afternoon.

blue potted plant-taped nails triangle diy

* Prepare 10 small pieces of Scotch tape and using the hard edges, tape off your triangle.

Note: My tape is apparently very strong. If yours is too, I suggest, sticking each piece on your clothes to de-stickify it 😉 It will be easier to remove in the end and less chance of ruining your first coats.

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* Using your lighter shade, {ESSI Lapis of Luxury} fill in your triangle and let dry. Best to do one hand at a time and snip your tape pieces down once on your hand so as to not tape to one another creating a claw of sorts.

blue nails with triangles-diy

* Once dry, remove your tape. I didn’t have perfect lines, but this was my first try at this taping off nail art… though I do love the sort of 80’s geometric look of it.

nail art-blue nails

* Using your fine brush and 3rd color {LA Colors Art Deco polish ~ Silver} carefully create your Y, hiding your messing triangle lines.

This was surprising difficult to photograph as well…

blue triangle  nails -canvas painting

…so I thought this canvas-like image would be helpful. But here’s the real deal; less than perfect.

blue nails blue vintage rhinestone necklace

And here are the amazing blue orchids floating atop that blue pot you see above…

blue orchids

The husband brought these home for me in December and they are still just as beautiful as the day they arrived! Some orchids last forever and some die in 3 weeks. I’m excited to be regrowing 3 more orchids around my kitchen window at the moment. Yellow, Purple and a new one that’s just about to bloom. I’m not sure what color it will be yet but I get so excited regrowing them. Click here to see how I do it.

Have Fun!

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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.


  • MyFashionInspiration

    March 2, 2012 |

    I love this! And so should you 😀

    My Fashion Inspiration

  • MeliBusla

    March 2, 2012 |

    Wow, Love the pics and color! I’ve tried taping off nail art before, but I just suck at it! Anyways right after I read this, in another blog I just saw a video on how to do nail transfers, you just paint a design on a plastic bag then peel off and apply, it seems it works with basic shapes, you should take a look!

  • H*

    March 2, 2012 |

    wow! you’re such an artist!!!

    kisses from Spain!

  • τreciä

    March 2, 2012 |

    This is cool. which tape are you referring to? I was always assuming the rapes might peel off the base polish.

  • lena

    March 2, 2012 |

    Hello Maegan.
    Beautiful fotos. And the nails! I love it…
    See you soon.

  • MrsLord

    March 2, 2012 |

    So cute! I’m def. going to try this!
    Happy Friday back at you!


  • jenn~the stylish housewife

    March 2, 2012 |

    i have TOTALLY been lagging on my manicures lately. this is so fun!

    xoxo, jenn
    the stylish housewife

  • House of Avandan

    March 2, 2012 |

    It is so pretty, nice job!

    New jewelry tutorial.

  • Elle Sees

    March 2, 2012 |

    i use a post-it note instead of tape!

  • Katya

    March 2, 2012 |

    amazing ♥

  • Andrea Clare

    March 2, 2012 |

    that does lok hard to do! I’m more of a neutrals girls anyways, but i always like to see what you come up with!

  • christian

    March 2, 2012 |

    really like your nail art!

  • Megan

    March 2, 2012 |

    I think it’s a cool looking manicure and I can’t wait to try it. I emulated your VDAY manicure idea for Valentine’s Day and it was so super easy. I got compliments all week long on it. (I got a mani at the salon the next week and even the nail tech loved your idea.) I tried another blogger’s manicure idea this week and it turned out horrible. I gave up after 90 minutes and just said to heck with it. You always have great ideas for nails and they are super easy for “amateurs” like myself to execute in real life.

  • Allegra Beba

    March 2, 2012 |
  • Shandi Naugle

    March 3, 2012 |

    Wow, I actually really like this, you did a great job!

  • Kelly

    March 3, 2012 |

    They look like mini flags!

  • Sophie

    March 3, 2012 |

    If you head over to my blog, you can se lots of tapemanis made with striping tape, which would be perfect for this mani.

    What I can say though is that you have to remove the tape before the nail polish is dry to get straight lines. If you wait, then you get the sticky lines that you have got. Good luck! 🙂

  • Jessica

    March 4, 2012 |

    I’m incredibly impressed with your ability to grow orchids. I’ve tried a few times and failed miserably. The blue ones are gorgeous.

  • Vale ♥

    March 4, 2012 |
  • Naah Sponge Bob

    March 4, 2012 |

    preciosas uñas! me encantan (L)
    espero que puedas seguirme en

  • antique engagement rings

    March 5, 2012 |

    Wow.. your bracelet is funky.. love it!

  • Natasa

    March 6, 2012 |

    Amazing, i love it!:)

  • Lucy

    November 6, 2016 |

    Those are some pretty funky nails, I’m very impressed, you would need hands like a surgeon to be able to draw those lines on them.

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