I chose a pale yellow buttercream colour by Deborah Lippmann to use as the base - and oh, does it ever go on like butter! This was barely a two-coater pastel wonder. Flakies on top, of course (I... can't... help it).
The looping effect is very simple and straight forward, and doesn't even require a particularly steady hand if you're using a striping brush (longer than a regular thin paintbrush) or a nail polish that comes equipped with a skinny striper brush (usually polishes in slender bottles that are marketed as 'for nail art'). The trick is, the longer the brush, the easier it is to drag it across your nail with the least amount of staggering or slipping.
To do the loops I used two skinny brush strokes per loop, with three loops per nail (four on the thumbs). I applied the black first, and then accented an inner side of each loop with a white striper polish to give it a bit more of a statement look.
You know I actually wore my mani to work if I did both hands:
A couple pics mattified:
- Deborah Lippmann 'Build me up buttercup' (pale yellow creme)
- Essie 'Shine of the times' (multi-colour flakie)
- Quo by Orly Instant Artist in White
- Quo by Orly Instant Artist in Black