How to Create Tokyo-Inspired Nail Designs

burgundy nail polish on hands

Sweater weather has returned to New York City, and the chill in the air is also inspiring me to try on a new coat of culturally inspired nail polish. These creative nail art looks feature shades from Essie’s Fall 2016 Collection and draw inspiration from the fashionable flair of Tokyo. Try the step-by-steps below for clients this fall.

 

blue nail polish and manicureHarajuku Doll is a French manicure with an artistic, playful twist.

step 1: Apply thin layer of first base base coat.

step 2: Using go go geisha, create an arc across the free edge of the nail.

step 3: Using kimono over, create a thinner arc on top.

step 4: Use a large dotting tool to create a dot of udon know me at the base of the nail. seal with essie top coat.

 

pink nail polish and manicure on handGeisha Tassel is a simple pattern with autumn-friendly shades.

step 1: After a thin layer of essie base coat, apply two coats of maki me happy.

step 2: Using a striping brush, apply thin stripes of go go geisha and udon know me vertically down the nail.

step 3: Use the striping brush to create 1-2 small triangle tassels hanging on each of the lines.

step 4: Seal with essie top coat.

 

burgundy nail polish and manicure on handBe my Bonsai appeals to tree huggers with pristine foliage overlapping tips proving the manicured trees also make the perfect manicure.

step 1: after a thin layer of essie base coat, apply two coats of now and zen.

step 2: using a striping brush, create a half circle with udon know me on the side of the middle and ring fingers. fill in the half circles.

step 3: create branches across the moon shape with kimono over using the striping brush, then seal with essie top coat.

 

Meet me at Mount Fuji aims to elevate tips to the height of Mount Fuji with this graphic design.

step 1: after a thin layer of essie base coat, apply two coats of now and zen.

step 2: using a striping brush, create concentric curved lines with go go geisha at the tip of the nail.

step 3: create more curved lines with udon know me.

step 4: finish with go go geisha. Seal with essie top coat.

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