easy nail art with Essence nail polishes

Look, I’m no nail art pro, but I’m pretty impressed with myself for pulling this look off. It’s easy to do, it looks super pretty and it won’t cost you a fortune! Let’s get cracking…

Before we even get to step one, it’s always a good idea to give your nails a good wipe with some nail polish remover. This will make sure your nail plate isn’t oily, helping to make your mani last longer.

Step 1: First up is a base coat to help eliminate staining of the nail plate. I am all about the Essence The Gel Polish Base Coat. Together with the Top Coat, they make my manicure last so much longer without chipping or peeling. Pop on a thin layer that covers your entire nail plate.

1. Base coat

Step 2: This is where we are going to paint our base colour. I chose Essence The Gel Polish 05 Sweet As Candy, it’s such a pretty, soft, girl pink. Paint two thin layers over your entire nail. Don’t pile on the polish and make it thick, otherwise it will never dry and you will end up with big fat smudges.

2. Colour

Step 3: Very important – make sure your nails are completely, 100% dry before applying the tape. So go have a snack, watch some series and make a cup of coffee. Rather give it too much time than too little. Once your nails are dry, stick on a piece of masking tape in a diagonal direction, the uncovered part will be where your second colour goes.

3. Masking tape

Step 4: I chose Essence The Gel Polish 44 On Air! as my second colour – I do love some glitter! Paint two thin coats in the uncovered space. If you paint over the tape a little bit, you get a much more even line. Wait about 30 seconds and then peel off the tape slowly and carefully.

4. Glitter

Step 5: I love the Essence The Gel Polish Top Coat as much as I love the Base Coat! My nails look so glossy with a coat of this on them. And that’s exactly what the last step is – to paint a thin coat of top coat.

5. Top coat

And voila! I would love to see all the different  colour combinations that you come up with so please share your pictures and don’t forget to tag me on social media when you do (all my links are at the top right of this page.)

All Essence products are available from Dischem, Clicks as well as selected Pick n’ Pay stores


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    January 18, 2016 at 8:57 am

    So pretty! 🙂

    Loren | http://www.minkys.co.za

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    January 18, 2016 at 9:06 am

    What a great tutorial! Absolutely love the colors. x

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    January 18, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Beautiful!! Thanks for a great post, was wondering how ‘good’ the Gel Polishes worked =)

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      mascara & mimosas
      January 22, 2016 at 7:16 am

      I’m glad you enjoyed it Chantel. I am SUCH a fan of the Gel Polish top and base coats from Essence. The mani I’m sitting with now is still chip free after 7 days which is amazing!

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    Cassidy Taylor-Memmory
    January 18, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Such a pretty nail look! Love it!

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    January 18, 2016 at 10:19 pm

    This is SUCH a pretty mani – and surprisingly easy, too! I’m very tempted to give it a go, though I’ll admit that having to wait before the two shades puts me off somewhat… I have very little patience as it is! Hehe. x

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      mascara & mimosas
      January 22, 2016 at 7:14 am

      It definitely tested my patience…hehe! But well worth it I think! x

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    January 22, 2016 at 9:30 am

    This is such a gorgeous nail combo!! Definitely trying the masking tape trick

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    February 8, 2016 at 10:32 am


    You did a fantastic job! You have inspire me to give this a try 🙂

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    Simone C
    February 16, 2016 at 10:31 am

    I love nail art…the easier the better. Will definitely give this a go!

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