Salon Inspired Summer Nails Tutorial (video)

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Earlier this month I had the opportunity to visit Walmart Headquarters in Arkansas as a part of the Walmart Moms. There we saw many new products that will soon be available in Walmart stores. I will be telling you all about some of the fun and interesting information that I learned about Walmart in the coming months so stay tuned. But for today we will be focusing on one of my favorite topics: Salon Inspired Nails at home. While in Arkansas, we were treated to a little spa time. Every girl likes to be pampered, right? But instead of using the nail color provided by the salon, Walmart provided the colors from Essie’s New Summer Line Up of Nail Polishes. All of the colors were absolutely gorgeous and hard for me to narrow down my two favorite choices. After much debate my two choices were Turquoise & Caicos and Madison Ave-hue. If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my nail look after the nail tech applied my polish. The nail tech and I both agreed that although Turquoise & Caicos was a gorgeous color it was a bit thin and needed 3 coats to be a bit more opaque on the nails.

Summer Nail Supplies

Once home, I was challenged by Walmart to share my summer nail look. So I headed to my local Walmart store to pick up a few extra nail essentials I needed to rock that perfect salon inspired summer nail look and to compliment the Essie polishes that I already chose for this look.

What You’ll Need:

(prices from Walmart)

  • Essie: Turquoise & Caicos- $8.47
  • Essie: Madison Ave-hue- $8.47
  • Salon Perfect Top Coat: 613 Cosmic Dust- $3.98
  • Fingrs Edge Stamp It Nail Art Kit- $6.48

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In the tutorial above, I shared how I created this nail look at home. First, I applied two coats of Essie: Madison Ave-hue on all of my nails except for my accent nail, allowing to dry completely between each coat. Then, I applied two coats of Essie: Turquoise & Caicos to my accent nail, my ring finger and allowed to dry completely between each coat. Next, I applied a fast-drying top coat to all of my nails and allowed to dry completely so that we had a nice hard surface to work with for our nails stamp. Not sure what kind of top coat to use? Walmart carries Seche Vite which is a great salon-like top coat.

Nail Stamps at Walmart

Once our base color is down and dried, it’s time to add some uniqueness to our nails. With the Fingers Edge Stamp It Nail Art Kit, you get everything you need to transfer nail art to your nails. This kit comes with two design metal discs with many different designs to choose from. Since it is the summer, I picked the small anchor to be applied to my accent nail, but you of course could pick whatever design you prefer. To apply the nail art, first you wipe your desired nail polish color over top of your “stencil”. With the scraper tool, you quickly yet gently wipe away the excess polish leaving your design filled with polish. Then with the rubber stamper, carefully roll the stamper over the design. In the same rolling motion, roll the stamper across your accent nail where you would like the design located. Unlike, nail art stickers this version of “stenciling” yields a fainter result which I like quite a lot. “Stenciling” also has a bit of learning curve, so practice a few times first to see what works for you before painting all of your nails.

Salon Inspired Summer Nails Tutorial

To seal in the stencil and make it sparkle, I used the Salon Perfect Top Coat in Cosmic Dust. This polish had the most gorgeous, fine sparkle under the display lights in the Nail Polish section of my Walmart store. I know in the summer sun, it will shine beautifully. Allow to dry completely before enjoying your favorite activites.

What is your favorite nail polish color to during the summer months?

Walmart momDisclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve been compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. My experience may differ from your own.

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  1. Paula Parker
    July 2, 2014 / 12:55 pm

    What vibrant colors. Great for summer fun-fashions! I love the pink and green. So awesome. Thanks for the info.

  2. Jessica Peeling
    July 2, 2014 / 2:10 pm

    Love it! Thank you for the tutorial. I love the stamps, I really need to try those!

  3. July 2, 2014 / 9:55 pm

    I so love playing with colors and painting my nails

  4. July 4, 2014 / 1:14 am

    I have never tried stamps, but I need to! And those colors definitely make it feel like summer!

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