My First Attempt At Nail Art Will Probably Be My Last

Why I'm going to leave nail art to the professionals from now on.
Publish date:
April 29, 2013

People think I exaggerate about a lot of things, apparently, but there’s one thing I can’t BS about: my inability to paint my nails.

Like a lot of people, I am totally pinning nail art inspirations, buying OPI bottles by the dozen, and even, on occasion, attempt Glennis’s crazy cool nail creations.

In an email conversation with Corynne today, she told me that I’m a Contributing Beauty Editor at xoVain. When did that happen? I thought I was just a plain ol’ writer. Well, with that new title bestowed upon me, I thought I should up my beauty game.

I fished out my pathetic collection of nail polishes, some toothpicks and all the neccessary things I’ve learned that nail experts need to have only to come up with this tragic mess. It couldn’t get any worse if I tried.

I started with an Essie basecoat before painting on Essie’s Muchi Muchi.

I put on some rings and tried to make it pretty.

Up close, the paint job is pathetic.

I wanted to attempt nail art, so I took a darker color, Essie’s Check-Up, used a toothpick and made this royal mess.

So I decided to consult the experts. I went to a nail salon in Singapore famous for its cool nail art, and I thought I’d give it a go.

Am I the only woman in the world who hates getting her nails done? I get really antsy sitting in one spot for hours (how do I fly across the world again?) and it gets worse when someone is doing art on your nails. You. Can’t. Move.

The nail artists working on my hands and feet were ridiculously precise, and they used the tiniest brush to work on the nail art.

The stripes were drawn freehand, without the help of tape. I initially wanted her to draw XO on my index and ring fingers, but after sitting still for almost 1.5 hours, I couldn’t stand it any longer.

My toes were, however, a work of art, and I can’t help but to stare at them every time I’m trying folding myself in half at yoga.

Lesson learned: Faz shouldn’t bother trying nail art.

Are you comfortable doing your own nail art, or do you leave it to the pros?