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NAILS | Nucleotide Skittles Version 2.0 #ManiMonday

I started bullet journaling last month and in trying to keep to themes and staying organized, I have chosen "Back to School" and "Science" as my themes for beauty! You guys know that I love drawing molecules on my nails and I am hoping this theme will keep me focused and allow that creativity to come back. There will still be new Fall polishes featured. but academia will take priority!

Some of you may have already seen in stores one of the cutest and most perfect nail polish collaborations - Sally Hansen and Crayola! I mean talk about one of the best pairings ever! These polishes are bright, happy and pigmented to the max like most Insta-Dri polishes and have been so much fun to play with! It only seemed appropriate to use these new polishes for an updated version of the DNA nucleotide base nails that I did more than FIVE years ago. I cringe at how my photos and nails were back then, but hey at least I'm growing up!

DNA Nucleotide Nail Art

Since this is a "skittle" manicure, this means that each nail needs to be different colour/design. I've never been great a skittle nail art since the design needs to remain cohesive, but DNA bases I can manage! Using the shades Wild Strawberry*, Sunset Orange*, Dandelion* and Granny Smith Apple*, paint each of your nails two coats in rainbow order or whichever order you wish really. I just like rainbows!

Once the nails are semi-dry, use black acrylic paint to draw the molecules. They are pretty intense to draw so to keep it looking not too busy, I went as far as double bands and indicating a "dot" for every nitrogen-containing molecule. The first time I did these, I used a black polish and nail striper and it was really hard to maintain control and keep the lines neat. Acrylic paint has truly been a godsend for drawing molecules! Once the molecules were dry, I applied a glossy topcoat as acrylic paint dries matte and I like shinyyyy!

DNA Nucleotide Nail Art

For my thumb, I was just sort of experimenting and then I ended up liking what I did! I applied two coats of Denim*, a GORGEOUS bright blue, and then outlined a DNA double helix in black acrylic paint. I realized that you couldn't actually see anything because the polish was so dark that I added light blue acrylic paint accents which worked really well! I topped this off with top coat and I was done!

DNA Nucleotide Nail Art

DNA Nucleotide Nail Art

The Sally Hansen x Crayola Insta-Dri Collection is available now!

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