Easy and Pretty Nail Art with Barielle Gentle Breeze Collection

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Today, we are going to explore creating an easy and pretty nail art design featuring the Barielle Gentle Breeze Collection for Spring. As you all probably know, if you read here with any regularity, one of my beauty goals for 2015 is to do more nail art. And, if you read here with any regularity, you know that any nail art above rudimentary level is completely beyond my scope of ability. Gentle reader, mama isn't a talented creature. Just. Isn't. 

But I like nail art and I enjoy doing it. So every now and again, I haul out my few supplies and I get down to decorating my nails. The last time I did nail art, I actually remembered to take a few pictures during the process and I thought that you might like to see a few of them. This isn't a tutorial, proper. It's just a few shots showing my process. 

Let's get on with it, shall we? 


We begin by gathering our supplies. I did a simple combo design of ziz - zags and dots so I needed some things to help me make those patterns happen. For the zig -zags, I used chevron nail stickers and a tweezers. 

For the dots, I needed a palette, of sorts on which I could put out dollops of polish. I just use small squares of hair foil. I have a big box of them, you can use a piece of scrap paper, a little paper plate... Whatever you have on hand. 

Okay, this is morphing into a tutorial, isn't it? I can roll. 

For painting the dots, you will need a dotting tool. You can also use a home made dotter; a toothpick, a glass head dressmaker's pin stuck into a pencil, a bobby pin straightened out... Again, whatever you have on hand that will paint dots will do the job. But if you want to do dotticures on a regular basis, why not treat yourself to some dotting tools? They're not expensive and nice to have. And not just for nails... Like to do crafy type things? Dotting tools will come in handy for those projects, too. 

A little acetone safe vessel and brush for cleanup if you are so inclined. I use a lid salvaged from an empty acetone bottle and my ancient, busted cleanup brush. 

To start, polish your nails a base colour. You can do all ten one colour, do accent nails, do ombre, whatever turns you on. Apply a fast dry top coat and let your polish dry for a good... Ten, fifteen minutes or so. 


Here is my nails polished with two coats of Barielle Heaven Sent and topped with Seche Vite.


Once my nails had dried for about fifteen minutes, I started applying the chevron tape guides to paint my zig - zags. Pick one up from the end with tweezers, lay the tape on the back of your hand, really quickly to take down the tack a little then position it where you want it on your nail. try to line up the peaks and dips so that they are locked in with each other and try to get their spacing as even as possible. Gently but firmly smooth the tape down so that there are no gaps under which polish can run and ruin the clean line of your design. 

I put the chevron tapes on three nails and left my ring nail free for dots. Once my tapes were down and secure, I polished over the tapes. Under the Sea on my pinkie, Pink Parasol on my middle and Grey Sky on my index, Champagne Bubbles  on my thumb. I polished the first coat on each over the tapes. then left them to dry for a few minutes while I put out a drop of the pink polish on my foil palette and grabbed my dotting tool and dotted it randomly on my ring nail. Then I cleaned off my dotting tool and repeated with the other four polishes in the collection. 

After I was finished dotting, I polished a second coat of the top colour on the taped nails, starting with my pinkie, as soon as I finished polishing that second coat, I used my tweezers to grab the end of a tape and immediately pull it off of my nail. Pull the tape up and back and quickly. It should come off cleanly. Remove any remaining tapes on that nail, then polish the next nail, remove the tapes and finish the other nails the same way. Do any cleanup you may need or want to do. Let your nail art dry for a few minutes to reduce the chance of smearing and top with a nice, thick coat of glossy, shiny, quick dry top coat. And sit back and admire your fancy-schmancy nails. 

Kind of a tutorial. Kind of a story. Kind of a mess. 


The finished product. What do you think? I'm pretty pleased. My chevrons weren't as perfectly lined up or spaced as I could have liked but I think I did a pretty good job, for a first time out with the chevron nail stickers. I love how well this collection works together and makes pretty nail art. 

Do you think you will try this or something like it? Is there something not too devastatingly difficult that you think I should tackle next? I picked up some little tiny Solo Cups. No really! Mini red Solo Cups! I may get crazy and try water marbling. 

Or maybe I'll just make a bunch of Jello shots with really good vodka. Ooo! Jello shots and water marbling! 

Okay. I think I need to wrap this up, now. 

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28 comments

  1. Oh this turned out so pretty!! I love mint blues and pink shades for spring! Looks perfect to me!! It's a lot better than I would be able to do on my first try. Awesome!!

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  2. Who says you can't do nail art! That's really pretty. I have yet to successfully water marble, but I am strangely drawn to the idea of little red solo cups! Where did you find them? I think I need them.

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  3. Dots are my favorite! I choose doticures 99% of the time ahhaa

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  4. This is a such a cute combo of colors and patterns, love it! I also think this is the first time I stopped by since your rebrand!

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  5. I am absolutely crazy about this manicure, Erika! Where do they sell the chevron tapes? In stores anywhere??

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  6. I love how this turned out! Barielle makes such great sets for nail art!

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  7. Such cute nail art you achieved using those Barielle colors.

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  8. Love the combo of colours. Do try watermarbling next and show us how it's done - I've been struggling with getting pretty patterns and keep ending up with random swirls.

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  9. I love everything about this! The colors are gorgeous and the design are cute.

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  10. Argh, I keep seeing heaven sent and I need to buy it now! Lol! Love the nail art. :)

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  11. I suck at nail art. Thank you for this tutorial... BUT can I hire yo to do mine lol

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  12. I think these turned out awesome! I have a few nail vinyls and am going to try this!

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  13. Thank you. I was surprised at how easy it was. And how me-proof!

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  14. I feel you. I'd be happy to. I' work for polish. Or eye shadow. Lipstick. Coffee... Vodka.

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  15. It' so pretty! A little bitchy but it's workable with a little patience. You should get it! Thank you.

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  16. Thank you! Ha! I don't know that I'l come up with anything blog worthy if I water marble. Every attempt has ended in utter ruination! LOL

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  17. Thank you. They work so well, together.

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  18. Thank you so much! I bought mine from Amazon. I linked to the listing. I don't know if they sell the chevron zig-zag ones in stores. You can order them from Amazon, from Nail Vinyls sore.

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  19. Thank you. I'm still working on a re design. I can't decide on a template and theme. I need to hit myself over the head with a 2X4 and just DO it. LOL

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  20. Hey, I'm as surprised as you are. LOL Water marbling has so far eluded me. The little Solo cups were at my local Fry's supermarket. Or maybe I got those at HellMart? One of the two. Look in the plastic cup section.

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  21. Thank you so much. I was so happy with how i turned out. I've has some nail art go very, very wrong on me. LOL

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  22. I have a bunch of those chevron things somewhere. I can't find them now though.

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  23. They're probably in the black hole with the rest of your planner stuff. LOL

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  24. I love this! & this was my favorite shade from the collection from what I've seen!

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  25. I love this mani--the colors are fab!

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