31 Day Nail Art Challenge: Week 1 Roundup

Hey lovelies!

So the yearly nail art challenge is upon us.  If you are not familiar with the 31 Day Nail Art Challenge, stop by Chalkboard Nails for more info.  But basically, you push yourself to create new nail art to share every day for 31 day based on a list of prompts.   I have been posting my creations daily on my Instagram account but decided to do weekly recap blog posts.  So here are my manicure for the first week of the challenge!

#31dc2014 - 31 Day Nail Art Challenge 2014 by McPolish

Day 1: Red Nails

 For this mani I used some new vinyl nail shields from Love, Angeline to create the hearts.  The beautiful red, sparkly polish is "Chancer" by Butter London and the black is "Nevermore" by Cult Nails.  The rhinestones were from a random nail art wheel and the black heart nail charm is from Winstonia Store. (the nail shields were sent for review)

#31dc2014 - 31 Day Nail Art Challenge 2014 by McPolish - RED

Day 2: Orange Nails

For this mani, the only polish I used was the white base.  I used gel pens to hand draw the paisley design.  A great tip...put a matte top coat on your base color and allow that to dry before drawing the design.  Once it dried, I applied a glossy top coat.

#31dc2014 - 31 Day Nail Art Challenge 2014 by McPolish - ORANGE

Day 3: Yellow Nails

For this mani, I used one of my favorite color combos: yellow and teal!  The gorgeous yellow is from Tillie Polish and is called "Summer Nights, City Light".  I used single chevron Nail Vinyls to create the teal half moon with piCture pOlish "Marine".  The yellow flower rhinestones were from a nail art wheel I got from Walgreens (I think!)

#31dc2014 - 31 Day Nail Art Challenge 2014 by McPolish - YELLOW

Day 4: Green Nails

Splatter nails!  I decided to do an ombre green splatter effect for this mani.  I used a white base and several shades of green nail polish.  I used Elmer's glue to pain around my nail bed to aid in clean up.  Splatter nails are such a mess, but well worth it.

#31dc2014 - 31 Day Nail Art Challenge 2014 by McPolish - GREEN

Day 5: Blue Nails

I love doing skittlette manicures!  So for this mani I did a light blue and pink version.  The blue textured polish is "Sugar Cloud" from Sally Hansen.  Then I stamped over Zoya "Blu" with Mentality Nail Polish "Pink Opaque" with Pueen SE04B stamping plate.  The baby pink is "Teddy Girl" from Butter London.  I love to use textured polish in most of my skittlettes. (the stamping polish was sent as a gift from the maker)

#31dc2014 - 31 Day Nail Art Challenge 2014 by McPolish - BLUE

Day 6: Violet Nails

I used all China Glaze polishes to create this look.  I used three polishes from The Giver collection.  The gradient was made from "Release" and "History of the World" using a makeup sponge.  Then I used a thin coat of "The Outer Edge" over top.  This white microglitter is so cool.  I can't wait to use this for some winter nail art!

#31dc2014 - 31 Day Nail Art Challenge 2014 by McPolish - VIOLET

Day 7: Black and White Nails

I kind of phoned it in for this look, but hey, they all can't be amazing. Ha!  I used a lovely grey linear holographic polish from Bliss Polish called "Alice" as my base.  Then I went through my charms and picked out all the black and white bows.  I am sorry I do not remember where all of my bows came form.  Some from nail art supply stores, some from Winstonia Store and some from Daily Charme.

#31dc2014 - 31 Day Nail Art Challenge 2014 by McPolish - B&W

Well I hope that you all enjoyed this first weeks round up!  I am going to try my very best to make it through the entire challenge this year.  Last year, I faded out after 3 weeks.  But I am really going to push myself this year.  There are a TON of bloggers and Instagrammers that are participating in the challenge this year.  You can find all of the awesome nail art being created by searching through the #31dc2014 tag on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.  Lots of talent and lots of nail art inspiration to be consumed with that tag!

Wish me luck for next week!

Amy McG aka McPolish


  1. That splatter manicure is so fantastic! Well, all your manicures are fantastic, but splatters really do it for me.
    And gel pens? brilliant!! Thanks for the matte topcoat trick. I tried using a Sharpie once and it was terrible. Have to try that again now :)

    1. Yes! The matte top coats makes it so much easier. I will need to try it with Sharpie's and see if it works too.

  2. Thanks for the matte top coat before drawing tip...I'm gonna try that!

    1. You're welcome! Can't wait to see what you do with it :)

  3. You're killin' it! Great job so far! :D

  4. I love all of these! I think I like the red and orange best :)