An S.F. Blogger Shares Her Impressive 30-Day Nail-Art Diary!

If you ask us, nail art is more than just a digit-al hobby. Whether we’re stalking sleek designs or attempting out-of-the-box creations (literally, we’re hooked on Sally Hansen nail strips!) on our own, we flip for experimental, embellished fingers. But, as much as we consider ourselves to be aficionados, we know of one gal in S.F. that is slightly more obsessed with haute hands.
Enter, local blogger Margot Bookspan of MSB Chic. Not only is this lady out and about with flawless fingers, but she’s almost always rocking a new and striking design on the reg. So, who better than her to school us on how she gets her phalanges so fly. We asked the lovely local to keep a nail-art diary for the entire month of June, and here's what she came up with (instructions included!). Prepare to be inspired.
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Photographed by Margot Bookspan
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June 1, Moroccan Mani
"While perusing Pinterest, I came across the most wonderful Moroccan-themed staircase. After quickly pinning it to my ‘dream home’ board, I decided to turn my interior-decor inspiration into nails-piration. Working with a white base, I achieved a bright-yellow ombré with a cosmetic sponge and OPI’s The It Color. While the mani dried, I selected a Konad nail plate with a lotus-flower imprint. I used the trusty nail plate, stamp, and silver polish to give my nails a subtle Moroccan pattern. A swipe of Seche Vite topcoat and I was on my way."

Photographed by Margot Bookspan
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June 5, Watercolor Nails
"I'm totally in love with Paper Fashion’s animated GIFs, so I went all out with a watercolor manicure. Starting with a white base, I chose four accent colors: pink, orange, yellow, and blue. Once the base was dry, I dropped a few dots of my first accent color on each digit. Working quickly, I painted over each dot with a paintbrush dipped in acetone. I layered the colors until I achieved the desired effect. Seche Vite topcoat gave the perfect shine."

Photographed by Margot Bookspan
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June 11, Coming Up Roses
"Feeling girly, I opted for a floral and stripes look. Working with a light pink base, I made thin stripes on each nail with teal. I used nail-striping tape to achieve even, straight lines. I’d never painted rosettes on my nails and I figured I needed a bit of practice before I added them to my pointer fingers. Luckily, I had the perfect practicing canvas. After a few tests on my BF’s nails, I painted magenta rosettes on both index fingers using a nail-dotting tool and accented them with small, green leaves. A thin layer of topcoat smoothed the design and gave great shine."

Photographed by Margot Bookspan
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June 15, Caviar Nails
"The clever BF surprised me with a Ciaté Caviar Nail Kit and I couldn't resist the iridescent pearls. One accent finger was ‘caviared,’ while the rest remained bubble-gum pink. After 48 hours of finding pearls in my bed, in my hair, and falling off in the sink — it was time for them to go."

Photographed by Margot Bookspan
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June 17, Neutral Geometric
"With all my crazy nails I needed a bit of a blank slate. Opting for Zoya’s Farah polish as a neutral base and Dior Bikini as the accent color, I did my take on the geometric, half-moon manicure. A bit of tape worked nicely as a stencil for my triangle cutouts. After a few days of travel the nails chipped and I was ready for a new theme."

Photographed by Margot Bookspan
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June 21, Graffiti Tips
"Going for an edgy look, I opted for a metallic graffiti-inspired manicure. After painting my nails with Deborah Lippmann’s Stardust, I cut each nail into geometric shapes with nail-striping tape. Working with a straw, I splattered each nail with metallic polish in turquoise, gunmetal, and purple. After peeling off the nail striping tape I used gold glitter to add extra sparkle to the look."

Photographed by Margot Bookspan
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June 26, Cutout Digits
"I’d been craving a cutout dress for the summer, so I decided to give my nails a similar look. Breaking each nail into three triangles, I painted one triangle with pink and glitter, one with beige, and left the middle triangle au naturel. I then lined each natural triangle with white striping tape to make the design pop. A swipe of Seche Vite sealed the striping tape and mani."

Photographed by Margot Bookspan
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June 29, Confetti Nails
"For a weekend of festivities I needed some celebratory nails. Starting with a light-blue base, I dabbed various colors and sizes of spots down the side of each nail. Sticking with the blue theme, I swiped a coat of Deborah Lippmann’s Today Was A Fairytale Glitter on each thumb to make the confetti nails extra fun!"

Photographed by Margot Bookspan
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