Mad About Plaid

by Sigourney Nuñez, assistant editor

This nail art design fuses Japanese style with an embellished finish just for the twill of it.

Integrating mixed media with technique learned abroad, Masako Sasaki, an international nail artist with more than nine years of experience now working at Marie Nails in Los Angeles and New York, introduces a nail art design that fuses Japanese style with an embellished finish just for the twill of it.
To fabricate a look inspired by fabric, Sasaki used a diverse palette of paints including acrylics and an airbrush gun in order to add a delicate and elegant touch to the material-inspired pattern. “For me, airbrush designs always stimulate my creativity,” she says.

Here’s how to execute the ultra “kawaii” look.

1. Prep and file a Dashing Diva Virtual Nail tip in an almond shape to fit the client’s nail. Apply it using Dashing Diva Virtual Bond adhesive tabs. Paint the nail with a mix of navy blue and dark green Dashing Diva Gelife gels. Cure for 45 seconds using Dashing Diva LED Light Pod.

2. Using an airbrush gun and water-based paint (or acrylic paint), spray horizontal pastel blue and pastel pink spaced lines to create the base of the plaid pattern. Tip: To make a delicate airbrush line, spray very close to the nail tip and use low air pressure.

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