Guest post: Chic and easy DIY nail art

Sarah Feldman is a recent graduate of McGill University and is Canadian Living’s newest style and beauty intern. She loves chevron stripes, blueberry Greek yogurt and hilarious words, like collywobble and palpebrate. As a proud member of Generation Y, Sarah Instagrams, tweets and blogs about student life in her spare time.

As a self-identified Type A personality, patience is not my greatest virtue. Standing in lines is torturous and procrastination is never on my agenda. Some might say I should think twice before broadcasting my personality quirks online for the web world to read, but when it comes to DIY nail art I am a firm believer that impatience and gorgeousness go hand in hand.

So whether you’re a precisely scheduled perfectionist like me – or you lead a more laidback lifestyle – this 10-minute mani is sure to appeal. Promise!

L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Top Coat in The Sparklicious, $7. L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail Colour in Greyt Expectations, $7.


By pairing a neutral nail polish with a black-and-white speckled top coat, you can create a look that is simple, quick and inexpensive – and, let me assure you, it looks anything but cheap.

Step 1: Prep your nails with a base coat of your choice. I used OPI’s Start to Finish Base and Top Coat. It dries quickly and leaves a smooth foundation for even the grittiest of nail polishes.

Step 2: Choose your primary nail colour. I picked Greyt Expectations, one of L’Oréal Paris’s newest shades, which hits drugstore shelves this month. I love summer brights, but when my nails and cuticles aren’t the nicest (thanks to a recent nail-biting flight from Las Vegas), I reach for cool-toned neutrals because they complement my skin tone.

Pardon my not-so-cute-icles.


Step 3: Select your top coat. To complete my neutral, monochromatic look, I chose L’Oréal Paris’s The Sparklicious, a clear polish with black-and-white circular and hexagonal specks of varying sizes. Feel free to experiment with a quirkier top coat, such as a silver, gold or multicolour glitter. Just so you know, The Sparklicious is L’Oréal Paris’s top-selling nail shade in Europe, likely because it adds richness and dimension to literally any nail colour you could think of layering beneath it.

I chose to accent my thumb and ring finger, but you could bling out every nail, if you like.


Step 4: Seal in the goodness with a clear top coat.

Step 5: Stare, admire, show off and repeat.

Answer: Really, really easy.


The best part? I can count how many minutes this manicure took on two hands. Now that’s what I call a Type A achievement.

My tool kit:

  • OPI Start to Finish Base and Top Coat, $12,
  • L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail Colour in Greyt Expectations, $7,
  • L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Top Coat in The Sparklicious, $7,