April 5, 2016 Kait Mosh Nails

In the Stars: Nail Designs Based on Your Zodiac

Here at Makeup.com, we're always on the lookout for top-of-the-line beauty gurus to share advice on hair, makeup and nails. Today, we are thrilled to have celeb nail artist Kait Mosh show us how to get the perfect mani based on your zodiac. Take it away Kait!


Zodiac Nails


Horoscopes and zodiac symbols are just plain fun. Who doesn’t love to see what the stars have planned for our lives? And beyond just daily predictions, zodiac symbols can be helpful in choosing beauty looks that are tailored to our character traits and personalities. Today I’m going to show you four nail looks based on the four zodiac elements: fire, water, earth and air. Take a look at the nail design that perfectly aligns with your sign!

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Fire-Based Zodiac Signs: Aries, Leo, Sagittarius


You fire-based signs are powerful people! You are highly creative, chock-full of energy and born leaders. Channel that fiery side with a flame-inspired mani that will have you shining like the king/queen you are!


Supplies:

●      Base coat

●      Orange nail polish

●      Yellow nail polish

●      Top coat

●      Cosmetic wedge


Product Recommendations: essie First Base, NYX Nail Lacquer in Rain Boots, L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail in Tangerine Crush, The Body Shop Vegan Colour Crush Nail Polish Top & Base Coat


Instructions:

Step 1:  Start with clean, manicured nails that have been wiped down with acetone or alcohol. Paint on your base coat.

Step 2: Apply one or two coats of your orange polish. Allow a few minutes to dry.

Step 3: Swipe one strip of yellow polish on the straight edge of your cosmetic sponge. While wet, press the sponge onto the top ¼ of your nail. Lift and repeat, but this time move the placement of the sponge just slightly. The yellow strip of color left on the nail should not be perfect. It should look uneven and resemble burning flames. Allow a few minutes to dry.

Step 4: Finish off with top coat.


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Earth-Based Signs: Capricorn, Taurus, Virgo


Earth signs are known for being drawn to what’s real and tangible. They are known for being hard-working, productive individuals with stubborn streaks. Get in touch with your earthy roots via a two-toned ombré mani speckled with gold.


Supplies:

●      Mint green nail polish

●      Hunter green nail polish

●      Pigmented metallic gold nail polish

●      Top coat

●      Beauty wedge

●      Nail art marbling tool


Product Recommendations: The Body Shop Vegan Colour Crush Nail Polish Top & Base Coat, Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in Green With Envy, essie Nail Polish in Stylenomics & Golden Nuggets


Instructions:

Step 1:  Start with clean, manicured nails that have been wiped down with acetone or alcohol. Paint on your base coat.

Step 2: Apply a coat or two of your mint polish. Allow a few minutes to dry.

Step 3: Swipe one strip each of your mint and hunter green polishes on the end of your cosmetic wedge. The hunter green should be at the far edge of the sponge and the mint shade should be parallel to it. While wet, press the sponge onto the top ½  of your nail. Lift and repeat two or three times until the color transition is blurry and the ombré effect is in place. Allow a few minutes to dry.

Step 4: Take your metallic gold polish and drop spots of it onto your nails. Take a nail art marbling tool and spread the spots while they’re still wet so they look messy (like paint splatters).

Step 5: After the gold has dried, apply top coat to the nails.

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Water-Based Signs: Cancer, Scorpio & Pisces


Water-based signs reflect the movements of water in that they flow back and forth between reality and vivid imagination. This swaying nature is also prevalent in your emotions and decision making ... and now it's moving on to your nails. Indulge your digits in an aquatic reverse-half-moon mani that incorporates two shades of blue.


Supplies:

●      Base Coat

●      Blue Nail Polish

●      Greyish Blue or Teal Nail Polish

●      Top Coat



Product Recommendations: The Body Shop Vegan Colour Crush Nail Polish Top & Base Coat, essie Nail Polish in Pool Side Service, YSL La Laque Couture in Bleu Cyclades


Instructions:

Step 1:  Apply your base coat to clean, polish-free nails.

Step 2: Take your navy polish and create a half-moon that starts near the cuticle. The bottom of your nail should be exposed and in the shape of a semi-circle. For those of you with an unsteady hand, apply a reinforcement sticker to the bottom ⅓ of the nail that will be kept bare. Paint the rest of the nail completely. Allow a few minutes to dry.

Step 3: Take your greyish-blue or teal polish and, starting at the bottom right side of the nail, create a curved line along the right side of the nail and continue along the top edge. You can use a reinforcement sticker for this as well. 

Step 4: After the polish is completely dry, finish off with top coat.

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Air-Based Zodiac Signs: Libra, Aquarius and Gemini


You air-based signs are known for your strong intellectual connection with the world as well as your analytical brains. Although you hardly have your head in the clouds, your nails can still reflect your airy sign. A super-cute cloud mani is a great way to show off your brainy and breezy nature!


Supplies:

●      Light blue nail polish

●      White nail polish

●      Nail art marbling tool

●      Top coat


Product Recommendations: essie First Base, L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Nailcolor in Infinite Sky, Maybelline Color Show Nail Lacquer in Porcelain Party


Instructions

Step 1:  Swipe on your base coat. 

Step 2: Paint on one or two coats of your light blue polish. Allow a few minutes to dry.

Step 3: Pour out some of your white polish into a shallow dish. Take your marbling tool and create small dots along the top of the nail. Stagger the size of your dots and feel free to overlap them to make them look like fluffy clouds.  

Step 4: After the white polish has dried, apply top coat to the nails.

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