Thursday, March 01, 2012

Derek Lam Print Inspired Nail Art

Happy First day of March!

I finally found the inspiration to do my nails! It chipped last week, so it's still pretty short, but I think I made it work. This nail art was inspired by Derek Lam Printed Full Skirt worn by Serena Vander Woodsen in this week's episode "The Princess Dowry". I really like the details of the pattern and I didn't think it was that hard to replicate. I also tried out a new technique to achieve the perfect patterned circle, so if you want to know my little trick just keep reading!

Derek Lam Printed Full Skirt

It's really hard to center the patterned circle on every nail, so I just worked with the imperfections. I think since they don't all the same, it gives it a little dimension like the movement of the skirt. This design also reminds me of the Mayan Calendar since it's circular with a lot of fine details. So you can also call this Maya Tribe inspired nail art too! I think next nail art I might try is going to be a more colourful version of a Mayan pattern, so stay tuned for that! 

  • White Nail Polish
  • Black Nail Polish
  • Konad Black Special Polish
  • Konad Stamping Kit
  • Konad Image Plates - M63 and M15
  • Hole Puncher
  • Paper
  • Dotter
  • Striper
  • Toothpick

  1. Apply a white base coat. If any of your polish goes over the edge of your nail, clean it up with a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover. For a cleaner edge, trace around your nail bed with a tooth pick.
  2. On plate M63, place a drop of black Konad polish and scrape. Place a hole-punched paper on top of the image and stamp to create the perfect patterned circle. Transfer the image to your nail. Please note that I had difficulty centering the circle, so I just worked with it. But if you want everything to be symmetrical then you might have to start step 1 and 2 over again.
  3. On plate M15, place another drop of black Konad polish, scrape and place the the image at the bottom of your nail. If your circle is not centered, place your image on an angle in the area with the most white space. 
  4. Use a striper to out line the band image and the patterned circle. 
  5. Finally using a striper and dotter, add mini details around the image. Suggestions: dotted borders, solid borders, eyelets, zigzag etc. - Be creative. 

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed this nail art! If you have any suggestion for my next inspired nail art, I would love to hear them. This nail art takes a lot of patience, I think this took me about an hour to do one hand because I was still playing with the design concept. But on my other hand, I banged it out in 20 minutes just because I knew what to do. If you enjoy my nail art, I appreciate your follow. I'm on Google Connect and Bloglovin' (you can click the "bl" nail polish icon at the top). In case you were wondering, I did make those icons!  That's all for now, stay inspired! :) 


  1. Wow very great!

  2. I love this design! Great job! I'm a big fan of fashion inspired nail art :)

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