A Free Handed Manicure Monday

I love the way crisp straight lines look in manicures, but the time it takes to allow the polish to dry and to add tape to create this geometric work of art is just too much for me to handle.

This week I challenged myself to a tape mani (when you block of portions of your nails using tape to create perfect, straight lines) without the tape. I guess you could call this a disaster waiting to happen.

To complete straight lines using polish, reply heavily on the brush. Don’t try to pick it up and dab – work with the weight of the brush to paint smooth lines.

My biggest piece of advice for you if you’re trying a free handed manicure – have patience. Lots of patience.

I am pretty proud with how mine turned out!

Geometric Manicure

Happy painting and as always, if you have a great manicure make sure to share it with me by tagging @ellepottsie on Twitter or Instagram!


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  1. Is there a special tape to buy? I would expect regular scotch tape would pull the base color polish off…
    Love your rings!

  2. Wow! Can’t believe that is free handed! simply wonderful! You are a pro at this :)

    Love, Wink n Pout
    Blog , App

  3. OMG! where did you get that adorable dog ring? Is that a bulldog? I’m in love!

    You did an amazing job on your manicure! You are right, it takes a LOT of patients!

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