Think all the beautifully painted nail art that’s flooding your instagram is out of your league? It’s not! And it’s not a salon-only deal, either. We checked in with the beauty brains at MECCA Canberra Centre on how to get an anything-but-ordinary manicure at home. Check out MECCA’s step-by-step guide below. Happy painting!

SPOT ON

Great for beginners, a contrasting spot can really elevate your go-to manicure. Here we opted for red and pink – one of our favourite colour combos.

Step 1: Apply a base coat of JINsoon Power Coat Strengthening Base Coat, $26.

Step 2: Apply two coats of MECCA MAX Hot Tips Nail Polish in the shade Lady Is A Vamp, $16, and allow to dry.

Step 3: Decant a few drops of JINsoon Nail Lacquer in the shade Dolly Pink, $26, onto a palette. Dip the end of an eyeshadow brush (we used 16 Brand Liner Brush, $11) into the paint and lightly dot onto the nail. Allow to dry.

Step 4: Apply a top coat of JINsoon Top Gloss Quick Dry Top Coat to finish.

 

PARDON MY FRENCH

Not your average French manicure, this bold look features an exaggerated tip in a fiery neon pink.

Step 1: Apply a base coat of JINsoon Power Coat Strengthening Base Coat, $26.

Step 2: Apply MECCA MAX Hot Tips Nail Polish in Hot Mess, $16, to the top of your nail. Use the flat edge of your brush to create the sharp line halfway down your nail and swipe up towards the tip.

Step 3: Apply a top coat of JINsoon Top Gloss Quick Dry Top Coat, $26, to finish.

TWINKLE, TWINKLE

Give your everyday buff manicure a twist with a glitter starburst at the base of the nail.

Step 1: Apply a base coat of JINsoon Power Coat Strengthening Base Coat, $26.

Step 2: Apply two coats of MECCA MAX Hot Tips Nail Polish in Skinny Dip, $16.

Step 3: While the polish is still wet, mix M•A•C Glitter in Yellow Gold, $32, and M•A•C Glitter in Reflects Gold, $32, together, dip an eyeshadow brush into the glitter (we used 16 Brand Small Shadow, $12), place the brush on your cuticle and lightly brush the glitter towards the tip.

Step 4: Apply a top coat of JINsoon Top Gloss Quick Dry Top Coat, $26, to finish.

CRESCENT-MOON RISING

Fair warning, this crescent-moon, French-manicure hybrid is a little more advanced, but it’s totally worth the effort. Stylish and sophisticated, it’ll take you from work to play in a flash.

Step 1: Apply a base coat of JINsoon Power Coat Strengthening Base Coat, $26.

Step 2: Apply two coats of JINsoon Nail Lacquer in the shade Nostalgia, $26, and allow to dry.

Step 3: Take a superfine brush (you can use an eyeliner brush) and dip it into MECCA MAX Hot Tips Nail Polish in the shade Lights Off, $16, starting halfway down the nail, carefully draw a line that traces your cuticle around to the opposite side.

Step 4: Dip the superfine brush into RMS Beauty 6-Free Formula Nail Polish in Myth, $22, and draw a fine line that traces around the tip and connects at the dark line. Allow to dry.

Step 5: Apply a top coat of JINsoon Top Gloss Quick Dry Top Coat, $26, to finish.

Images via MECCA