Beauty How-To: “Eyelet” Nails Inspired by Louis Vuitton

A spring-ready eyelet nail in six easy steps.

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Louis Vuitton-inspired "eyelet" nails by Miss Fleury in Williamsburg.
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Trained as a painter, Bushwick-based nail artist Fleury Rose has become something of a legend in the nail business for her delicate, hand-painted creations. This week, we stopped by Tomahawk Salon to see what new trends are tickling her fancy.
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Louis Vuitton's bold eyelet looks in creamy sorbet shades really resonated with Fleury this season. "I think they're meant to look like little lotus flowers," she explains.
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Step 1: To ensure a long-lasting manicure, Fleury preps nails with polish remover. "Polish tends to last longer when the nails are somewhat dehydrated," explains Fleury. A quick coat of Essie's Ridge Filling base-coat protects nails from damage and ensures color dries evenly.
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Step 2: To create a subtle, sheer effect, Fleury blends Elle's pale blue "Surfer Girl" polish with a few drops of clear coat before painting the nails.
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Step 3: Taking care not to get too much paint on the brush, apply a single, thin coat of the blended shade to nails.
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Step 4: Artclub's Nail Art Duo Pen -- which gives a tiny, delicate line of color -- is Fleury's secret nail art weapon. Thin, tear-drop flower petals create an eyelet-like motif.
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Step 5: To finish the look, Fleury applies small polka dots between flowers.
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Step 6: Allow to dry for 15 minutes before applying Elle's clear coat (which Fleury prefers for its thicker consistency), which evens out polish and adds glinting shine.
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The finished "eyelet" nail -- perfect for pairing with colorful summer separates. Follow Fleury's daily nail creations on Twitter @fleuryrosenails, or visit her blog at FleuryRoseNails.Tumblr.com.
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