Got You Covered: Prom Nail Art GIF Tutorial

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Once you have your prom dress and accessories picked out, you need to shift focus to your beauty game. If you want to save some bills by doing your own nails for prom, we have some nail art for you to try. This negative space manicure only requires two polishes and is extremely straightforward. You can customize your two color choices to match your dress/makeup/shoes/bags/whatever you want. We used COVERGIRL Stay Brilliant Nail Gloss in Golden Opportunity and Skylight just because it’s pastel and v. pretty. Peep the GIF tutorial (yay, GIFs!) below!


GIF: Melissa Hill/MTV

Paint your nails using COVERGIRL Crystal Clear. Because the middle of your nail will be exposed, the sheen will help tie the manicure together—it won’t look like you managed to miss a spot 10 times.


GIF: Melissa Hill/MTV

Cut a small piece of tape into a triangle and lay it across the middle of your nail.


GIF: Melissa Hill/MTV

Paint the top section with a coat of Golden Opportunity. Because of the tape, you don’t need to be particularly careful, which is pretty unusual for nail art. We excel at art that doesn’t require a very steady hand, TBH.


GIF: Melissa Hill/MTV

Paint the bottom section using Skylight. Again, you can paint over the tape, just don’t go as high as your sparkly gold section.


GIF: Melissa Hill/MTV

If the sections are too sheer for your liking, you can go over them with a second coat. Otherwise, let the paint dry for a few minutes and then slowly remove the tape.

Photo: Melissa Hill/MTV

Your nails are officially ready to go to prom! Let them dry fully and then take a ton of pictures and share them with us on Instagram and Twitter using #covermoment.

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