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The Oil Slick

Cosmopolitan's fall nail guide provides a step-by-step guide to create an oil slick look on your nails.

To create the design:

  • First, apply a base coat.
  • Next, randomly dot blobs of cobalt, baby blue, teal, rose gold and gold onto nails.
  • Then, take a toothpick and make zigzag lines from side to side then up and down to create imperfect swirls.
  • Finally, repeat the process on all your nails and seal it with a top coat. Note: Each nail will look different.

Cosmo’s Quick Tip: The design looks best on short, round nails.

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