Nautical Nails in Blue and Gold

I posted about Big Smoke on its’ own inmy previous post. I wore it for a day without any embellishment, because I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with it. Then I saw a mani by @dancerspolishedlife using an anchor cutout and remembered I had some anchor vinyls! Blue always lends itself well to nautical nails, so I went with it!

I started off with two coats of Butter London – Big Smoke (reviewed in this post) topped with one coat of Seche Vite.

Butter London - Big Smoke
Butter London – Big Smoke

Once dried, I applied an anchor cutout nail vinyl to my ring finger nail and painted it with a single coat of OPI – Love.Angel.Music.Baby, and removed the vinyl immediately with a pair of tweezers. I used striping tape on my middle finger – it took me a bit of work to get all of the lines straight and of an equal size, but the tweezers come in handy for this as well as I adjusted the tape until I felt it was perfect. Once again, I painted a single coat of Love.Angel.Music.Baby.

Finally, on my index and pinky finger, I used a medium dotting tool and OPI – My Vampire is Buff to create a simple dot pattern. I topped everything with one coat of Seche Vite and was finished!

Butter London - Big Smoke; nautical nails
Butter London – Big Smoke; nautical nails


  • Essie – Grow Stronger Base Coat
  • Butter London – Big Smoke
  • OPI – Love.Angel.Music.Baby
  • OPI – My Vampire is Buff
  • Seche Vite – Dry Fast Top Coat

I am so happy with how this turned out – mostly because it looks so precise my stripes are. I love using tape and vinyls for lines and such just for the sharp lines.