Nail Polish Wars blogger Nicole Franklin got the idea to create this jigsaw puzzle manicure after hanging out with her sister, who absolutely loves fitting together hundreds of irregularly cut pieces to form a picture. We have to admit we're fans of the pastime, too, and adore this playful interpretation of it for the hands. Here is how to create the look at home.
What you need:

  • Base coat. Try: Seche Clear Base.
  • Bright coral nail polish. Try: Finger Paints Nail Color in Pop Rock Pink.
  • Top coat. Try: Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat.
  • Royal blue nail polish. Try: Dare to Wear Nail Lacquer in Pillow Talk.
  • Light baby blue nail polish. Try: China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Kinetic Candy.
  • Baby pink nail polish. Try: China Glaze Nail Lacquer in Sweet Hook.
  • Scotch tape.
  • Nail art dotting tool. Try: Debra Lynn Professional Dotting Tool With Nail Art Brush.
How to do it:
Step 1: Apply a base coat and then two coats of bright coral polish.
Step 2: Apply a clear top coat and let your nails dry for about three minutes.
Step 3: Place two pieces of tape—one horizontally and one vertically—on each nail. When finished, a quarter section of each nail should be exposed. Tip: "Make sure that the tape line is secure along your nails. If there are any air bubbles along the edge, the polish may seep underneath and create an imperfect line," Franklin says.
Step 4: Paint the exposed section on each nail, alternating between one coat of blue, baby blue or pink polish.
Step 5: Apply a clear top coat and let your nails dry for about three minutes. Remove tape. Tip: Applying a top coat after painting each quadrant of color will protect your work from the tape and peeling, Franklin explains.
Step 6: Repeat steps 3 to 5 only two more times on each nail, exposing and painting a new quadrant of the nail each time.
Step 7: To create the puzzle effect, use the dotting tool to place a circle of color on the border of one shade so that it overlaps another shade.
Step 8: Finish with a final layer of top coat and let your nails dry for at least 10 minutes.
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What do you think of this jigsaw puzzle manicure?

Photo: Courtesy of Nicole Franklin