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Manicure Monday: Dreamcatcher

Manicure Monday: Dreamcatcher via The Collabor-EightSince last week’s Manicure Monday was dark and fierce, I wanted to go light and girly with this week’s.  I’ve always been impressed with dreamcatchers.  The premise of a dreamcatcher is that you hang it by your bed to catch any evil spirits or nightmares while you’re sleeping.  Whether they work or not is a totally different blog post.  I simply love the look of it.  You can create a dreamcatcher out of so many different materials, colors, and fabrics.  I created my very own dream catcher out of … what else? Nail polish.

I began my manicure like I begin every manicure: clean nails and a coat of Nail Tek II.  I really do notice the difference when I put effort into maintaining my nails.  They feel stronger, grow longer (because they’re not breaking!), and look better.

Manicure Monday: Dreamcatcher via The Collabor-EightI wanted to use a dreamy feeling polish for this manicure, so I went with Essie’s Bikini So Teeny, which is quite possibly my favorite polish right now.  It’s an opaque cornflower blue, with the faintest hint of a shimmer.  The shimmer really is just enough to brighten up the polish without looking glittery.  I actually hesitate to put any design on top of it because it’s so beautiful, but my Manicure Mondays would be pretty boring if I just did solid colors, right? Right.  After applying two coats, I let my polish dry completely.

Once base color is totally dry, you can begin the nail art! I used Sally Hansen’s Nail Art Pen in White and a regular fine point black Sharpie to create my design.  If you have a nail art pen in both colors, or a Sharpie in both colors, feel free to mix and match as you wish!

Taking my Sally Hansen’s Nail Art Pen, I drew a half moon shape across the top of my ring finger and thumb.  I filled in the half moon so it almost looks like half of a white donut (or maybe just a paper reinforcement, if you’re not hungry) is sitting at the top of your nail.

Once that dried (which doesn’t take long – that’s a pro of using a Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen), I outlined the white shape using my Sharpie.

This is the starting point for your nail art, so feel free to get creative and deviate from my design! I then created four larger dots spaced out along the bottom black line.  From there, I added two smaller dots below each larger dot.  Between each line of dots, I added the smallest dots I possibly could, as shown above.

To finish off the look and bring color into the dreamcatcher, I added four blue dots of Essie’s Bikini So Teeny to the white part of the dreamcatcher.

To make your nail art last, seal it with a top coat! I like to use Seche Vite, which is, in my opinion, the queen of all quick dry top coats.  It’s also great at not smearing nail art that’s still wet.

What do you think? Would you recreate this Dreamcatcher manicure yourself? Share it with us on Twitter @Collaboreight!

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About Kathleen Tower

Kathleen is the style editor for The Collabor-eight. She's a 23-year-old true Jersey girl; big hair, bigger heart. Her passion for beauty and makeup started with an internship at Seventeen Magazine and has grown ever since. After graduating from Villanova, she turned her love for Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter into a full-time job as a social media coordinator! When she's not at work, she's browsing everywhere from the Internet to the streets for her own "Manicure Monday" inspiration. She believes that true style comes from a mix of high and low, designer and drugstore, expensive splurges and nearly steals!

3 comments on “Manicure Monday: Dreamcatcher

  1. […] whether I’m feeling geeky, pretty, or punk, I can change my manicure as quickly as I change my mood. This week? I’m feeling […]

  2. […] you applied white polish. I’ve used Sharpie in plenty of manicures, so I’ve tested and tested this. Give your Sharpie design a good 20-30 minutes to dry and then carefully sweep on your top […]

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