14 May 2012

mani monday: the accent nail.

This is, hands-down, one of my favorite manicure looks of all time: the accent nail.  This week, I bring you mint with a pink-and-white polka dot accent nail!

Here's what I used:

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Mint Sorbet

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips in Pink-a-Dot (ring finger only)

OPI top coat and base coat, plus Nicole by OPI drying drops; no base or top coat (or drying drops!) needed for nail polish strip accent nail

I've been a HUGE fan of mint + pink this spring, so I was excited to see the results of this combination.  The Sally Hansen polish strips (OPI makes them now, too, and I'm sure more brands will follow suit) are pretty easy to apply, but kind of difficult to take off (I used regular nail polish remover but it took about twice as long to remove the strip as it did regular polish).

I'm not sure I'd like the polka dots on all five fingers -- seems a little much for me.  I like the patterned strips much better as an accent.

More accent nail ideas, all from my "Nail Polish Obsession" board on Pinterest (click the image to be taken to the source pin).  Hint: go to Lauren Conrad's The Beauty Department.  TONS of awesome nail ideas there, and the source of the gingham, dot, and stripe accent nail tutorials below.

Happy accenting, and be sure to check out the rest of Mani Monday by clicking the button below!

link party with HEATHER at Glitter and Gloss!


  1. wow, accent nail, never thought about that! it takes getting used to, but it is actually kind of cool. love yours!


  2. LOVE the manicure!! The polka dot accent nail is perfect, and I love the colors.


  3. I just picked up the Polka Dot strips and can't wait to use them, this came out great & thanks for all the accent nail inspiration! xo

  4. Ooh, I love this! The Sally Hansen nail strips are by far my favorite, and I love how you used one as an accent nail- loooove!

    Thanks so much for linking up with Mani Monday!

    Heather @ Glitter and Gloss

  5. love the accent nail!! so very cute! :)

  6. I love the accent nail and Mani Mondays! I want to get in on it, how does linking up work?? :)


  7. I love the accent nail! It just makes your hands a little extra special I think!

  8. I. Love. Them. All. I may have a problem, but I just love nail polish and nail art!

  9. All very adorable! I really like the idea of matching nails with clothes/wardrobe pieces. Looks so fun & creative :)



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