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Art Deco for New Year's Eve

This inspiration behind this manicure is the Times Square New Year's Eve Ball and its iconic art deco-style sparkling triangles. 

Jane Moate (formerly Weiner) is a freelance nail artist on the Jersey Shore who participated in NAILS’ Next Top Nail Artist. Her style tends toward the illustrative with heavy pop- and nerd-culture influences. “A big part of my nerdy side is drawn to geometric lines and repeated patterns,” says Moate, who demonstrates this in her art deco New Year’s Eve nail design. The inspiration behind this manicure is the Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball and its iconic art deco-style sparkling triangles.


1. Prep the nail and apply base coat. Using different shimmer or micro-glitter polishes, dab on drops of color all over the nail, concentrating mostly on the cuticle and free edge areas. (Moate used Venique’s Spike-It, Boat Shoe Castaway, and Hurray Huarache.)

2. Dip a large brush in acetone and start to tap the polish. Continue to tap — don’t swirl — the polish in different spots on the nail to blend the colors. Dip the brush in acetone as you go in order to keep the polishes from lifting up too much.

3. Let the blended polish dry and, using a striper brush dipped in black polish, draw two smile lines at the cuticle and free edge. 

4. Using a thin striper brush dipped in black polish, draw triangles pointed down from the smile lines following the curve of the smile so that the triangles don’t all point straight down at the same angle.

5. Make the next row of triangles starting in between two triangles from the first row.

6. Repeat this process for the third row of triangles.

7. Fill in the rest of the nail with black polish. Finish with top coat.

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A shorter version of the striper brush, creates vertical and horizontal lines but in shorter strokes.
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