Nail Art's New Wave: Grab The Hot, New "Burning Love" Pattern

No doubt, nail art is seriously having a moment. But we're already at a point where certain patterns have become passé (accent finger anyone?). To keep your tips covered in fresh, fantastic looks, we've compiled Nail Art's New Wave, a collection of our favorite new patterns inspired by super-talented manicurist Julie Kandalec and Maybelline New York's Color Show Nail Lacquer – plus hints on how to execute them perfectly.
Seems just a couple of years back, you could slap a few lines on your nails and the whole world would ooh and aah. Nowadays, you need a lot more pizazz to impress. Scorching hot with shots of jet black, our "Burning Love" design certainly has enough fire to make heads turn, and because we've broken this pattern into Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced versions, it's one you can rock no matter your skill level.
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As you can see, even the Beginner version of our Burning Love look is an explosive burst of high-temperature color. Even so, it's actually pretty easy to do. Follow us, won't you?

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For this design, you'll need Maybelline New York's Color Show Nail Lacquer in Fierce N Tangy and the equally hot Pink Shock. Once you get the hang of it, though, you can experiment with contrasting colors to your heart's content. Also, make sure you've got a pair of tweezers, a bit of waxed paper, and a clean makeup sponge at your disposal.

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Apply two smooth coats of Fierce N Tangy as your base and allow it to dry before moving on.

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Now, dot a bit of Pink Shock onto a piece of waxed paper and lightly dip a clean makeup sponge into it. Starting where you want the color to be darkest — in this case, the corner — dab your sponge gently onto the nail, gradually moving it toward the center with repeated touches. Stop about halfway, making sure you've throughly covered your "dark" corner and used a new piece of sponge for each nail. Let dry and apply your protective topcoat of polish.

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See? Pretty easy considering the incredible effect, right. Okay, now that you've got that down, let's ratchet things up a bit.

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For the Intermediate level of this look, we're going to take that bit of flame you created last time, and craft it into a corona of fire around the nail. Ready?

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As before, grab Maybelline New York's Color Show Nail Lacquer in Fierce N Tangy and Pink Shock along with tweezers, waxed paper, and a clean makeup sponge.

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Again, lay down that double base layer of Fierce N Tangy and let it dry completely.

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Now, working off of a few drops of Pink Shock on your waxed paper, dip your small piece of sponge and, following the perimeter of the nail, dab it gently around. You'll want to start at the very edge of the nail with some of the sponge hitting your finger for your dark "edge." Gradually dab closer to the center making sure you use a new piece of sponge for each nail. Clean up the skin with a small paintbrush or q-tip dipped in polish remover, let it all dry for at least five minutes, and finish it off with a topcoat of clear polish.

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Again, we've got an explosive look that required more patience than actual skill or experience. Impressed with yourself? You should be. Take that confidence with you and let's try out our final, challenging look.

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Now here at the Advanced level, we finally meet the flaming hearts that give this design its name. Now, though this may look like a quantum leap in difficulty, it really isn't — provided you follow our instructions to the letter.

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In addition to the Maybelline New York Color Show Nail Lacquer in Fierce N Tangy and Pink Shock, the tweezers, waxed paper, and sponges we've been using, we're adding some Onyx Rush and a thin No. 2 brush to our kit.

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As before, we're starting off with two coats of Fierce N Tangy and allowing it to dry for five minutes.

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Now, lightly dip just the very tip of your brush into the Onyx Rush. Take your time to draw this heart shape, working on the outline first, then filling in the rest of the surrounding area. Allow to dry for five minutes.

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Again, pour just a little bit of the Pink Shock onto your waxed paper, and lightly dip a piece of clean sponge into it. Using your tweezers, dab at the point where the yellow meets the Onyx Rush, using a new sponge for each finger. Allow yourself to overlap onto the black — it helps perfect the ombre effect and we're going to cover it up with the next step anyways.

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After allowing your pink to dry, jump back to your brush and Onyx Rush, painting a second coat onto the nail. As we said, all that painting outside the lines will disappear.

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And bang! After you've allowed your nails to dry and applied a protective clear topcoat, you've got a look that should impress even the most experienced nail art masters. Do us proud and take what you've learned here and apply it to other colors, shapes, and effects. Get creative, kids.

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