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Must-Try Nail Design: Damask Nails

Give your nails a vintage feel with a modern twist using this easy tutorial for a damask nail design. Damask print is stunning on nails, because it's usually done with contrasting, standout colors for a classic nail design that's not going out of style anytime soon.

Damask Nail Art

To create a rich pattern like this damask nail design, start by choosing two contrasting polishes. I chose a new China Glaze color Feel the Breeze and a black polish. You'll also need a very narrow detailing brush. Of course, be sure you start the design with a base coat to protect your nails from staining. Here's how to do it.

Damask Nail Art

1. Polish your nails with your first color. The standard is two coats.

2. Near the base of your nail, paint a small, pointy oval in black as I've done.

Damask Nail Art

3. On each side of the oval, paint curls coming off it as shown. Try to keep them even with each other to mimic the symmetry of the damask pattern.

4. Add little circles on the end of each curl.

Damask Nail Art

5. Repeat this on the bottom half of the oval, but have the curls curl in the other direction. Remember to add the little circles on the ends!

6. Above the first oval, add another. Depending on the length of your nail, the second oval may need to be bigger or smaller, whichever size works best for you!

When working with such small detail, you may notice that your black polish looks lumpy. You can see some of this in my step-by-step photos. However, this can be smoothed out if you use a thick quick-dry top coat at the end of your process. I prefer Seche Vite to finish off all my designs!

For more nail art designs from Katy, go to Nailed it.

Katy Parsons

Katy is a budding nail technician with a fervor for striking, original nail art and a passion for polish. Her bold designs are created in Boulder, Colorado, but through her tutorials and inspirational designs, she's spreading the joy of nail art to lacquer lovers everywhere!

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