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Chic Minimalist Fall Nails

We’ve been seeing and loving those chic minimalist nail looks that you see all over Pinterest, you know the ones. Call it a nail art revival of sorts. The looks that we love online all seem to use conventional nail polishes though (formulated with damaging chemicals like Formaldehyde and Camphor). And as Leah Yari of Côte Shop so eloquently described it, “Everybody thinks that your nail is a dead barrier, but it’s not. What you put on your skin or nails goes directly in to your body or nervous system.” But we love to have cool, chic minimalist nails too, especially for the fall, so we made our own version using extra clean polishes from Côte and Context, with the help of one of our readers and talented nail artist, Kara Crevier AKA KaraNailedIt on Instagram. Kara makes even the most complicated nail art look so simple and obtainable. Check out the looks below and Kara’s first-rate tips to get a clean finish:

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Charcoal Dots

Cote - #99

Kara’s Tip: “Use the tip of a bobby pin the get this size dot. Make sure you have plenty of polish on the end, and do a couple of practice dots on a spare sheet of paper to make sure you know how much polish is the perfect amount.”

 

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Chic Dots

Context - Estranged

Kara’s Tip: “Use the back of a makeup brush or pen to get a large dot on the first try. Practice making the dots on a spare sheet of paper again. To get a perfect dot, put the polish on the brush, dot it on the nail, and don’t touch it again. If you mess up, it’s best to take it off completely and try again. This will ensure your dot is smooth and round, not smeared or a strange shape.”

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Burgundy French

Context - Don't Cry

Kara’s Tip: “Use your natural nail shape as a guide. For the french tip, trace and fill in the shape of the white part of your nail with the brush from the bottle. For the half moon stripe, use a thin striping brush and again, follow the shape of your nail. After you let it dry, I like to use a small clean up brush and some nail polish remover to clean up the edges and make everything smooth. You can also use it to clean up the extra polish from the french tip.”

 

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White Modern Half Moon

Cote - #2

Kara’s Tip: “Try to mirror the white part of your nail, except half way down the nail bed. Draw a thin curved line as a guide, and then make it thicker as you go. Once the half moon is done, find the center and draw a thin line straight up. Make it thicker after you have the line you want. This look is easier to do with a thin striping brush. The longer brush makes for smoother lines.”

 

On Brushes

Kara’s Tip: “In general, when working with a negative space look, I like to keep a clean up brush on hand and use it to my advantage to clean up the lines after the dry to make them straighter. I love this Thin Stripping brush to perfect the look, and a short dense brush for cleansing up polish on the skin and cleaning up art.”

Context soy nail polish on The Moment's clean minimalist nail story

On Remover

Kara’s Tip: “I love using the Context Skin Soy Nail Polish Remover. It doesn’t dry out your nail bed, which makes the design look even more perfect. It’s especially key to use right before you do your nails with these  negative space look. This ensures you get any residue or oils off of your nail bed which will make it look clean and help the polish stick to it even longer. Just make sure you don’t touch your nails again after doing the last swipe of remover!”

 

Special thanks to Kara!

Photo by Kara Crevier

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