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Mani Monday: Armor Nail Art

by Sigourney Nuñez | March 2, 2015

Help clients brave the icy weather or a busy week ahead with an armor-inspired nail art design. Nail tech Torie Bastian is the owner of The Polished Pinky nail salon in Crown Point, Ind., and she executed this 3-D metallic mandala manicure. 

Metallic Mandala Manicure. No nail stickers here, all 3-5 gel art. I also had inspiration from all of my favorite designers. @mal_wingostarrjewelry @moonpijewelry @adrianasotojewelry @the_champagne_gypsy @rejoicethehands THANK YOU FOR BEING FABULOUS!! #boho #hippy #hippychic #hippymama #hippybling #handpainted #nailart #gelmanicure #thepolishedpinky #chicagoland #nwi #naillife @nailgasmtv @nailsmagazine @nailpromagazine @nailitmag

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Follow these steps to see how Torie created a shielded look.

1. Apply one coat of white gel-polish to clean and prepped nails. Cure.

2. Use black gel-polish to paint circles on the center of the nail. Cure.

 3. Use a dotting tool to add dots around the circles to create an armor design. Cure.

 4. Polish a metallic gel over the design. Cure.

 5. Seal the entire design with top coat and cure.

For more step-by-steps, click here. To keep up with Torie, make sure you follow her on Instagram.  

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