Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Marchesa Ombre Fringed Nail Art

So finally this is what I consider "real-time" nail art since I actually completed it today after three failed attempts of trying to imitate other patterns. I finally settled on the Marchesa Ombre Fringed dress adorned by the lovely Serena Van der Woodsen (Blake Lively) in the Season 5 episode "Riding in Town Cars With Boys". I absolutely love Marchesa designs because it is always so elaborate, sparkly and always so beautifully constructed. I pray they will one day collaborate with H&M!

Marchesa Ombre Fringed Dress

This nail art is all free-hand, so you need a very fine nail art brush to achieve this. I believe it is called a "striper brush", since it creates very fine stripes?  Anyways, I think this nail art came out okay, I can't say it is my favorite out of all the ones that I have done. But nonetheless, let me share it with you.

  • Three shades of purple nail polish
  • White nail polish
  • Glitter nail polish
  • Striper brush


  1. Paint your nails with white polish and allow it to dry.
  2. Use a striper brush and three shades of purple nail polish to create a camouflage pattern in a shape of a french tip. Then create a diagonal camouflage rectangle that will represent the hanging part of the bow.
  3. Place glitter nail polish on top of the boy only. This is to imitate the fine details of the flowers in the bow of the actual dress. 
  4. Finally, use your striper brush, dab it in white polish and, outline the bow. 
  5. For the fringe, start of the bottom of the nail and stripe several dark purple. A little above the darker purple, use a lighter shade of purple and create more stripe. Finally use the white polish to create the white fringe above the lighter shade of purple. Make sure to fill in the remaining white space.
  6. Finish off with a top coat. 

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