Beauty How-To: Olympic-Ready Nail Art at Valley Nails

Karen Chonula of Valley Nails shows us how to create a standout look with silver, bronze and gold.

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With the London 2012 Games right around the corner, we've had mixed metals like silver, bronze and gold on the brain. We worked with <a href="http://valleynyc.com/" target="_blank">Valley Nails'</a> artist Karen Chonula for an Olympic-ready nail look. <b>Step 1:</b> To start, prep nails with a clear base before applying a shock-white polish to the index and ring fingers of both hands.
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<b>Step 2:</b> Apply a shimmery silver polish to the thumb of one hand. To mix up the look, coat the shiny metallic hue on a different nail on the opposite hand.
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<b>Step 3:</b> Karen used a coppery bronze polish with a hint of shimmer on the middle fingers of both hands.
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<b>Step 4:</b> A super-bright gold with lots of glitter finishes the mixed-metallic look. Here, Karen applies a coat of gold to the right thumb. Repeat the process on both hands with a strong second coat.
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<b>Step 5:</b> Drip a few droplets of your gold polish onto a dish or glass surface. Gently dab a fine-tipped artist brush (available at any art supply store) in the paint before creating the Olympics' iconic interlocked rings on the ring finger.
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<b>Step 6:</b> Working from a reference image of the Olympic torch, Karen carefully paints a triangular cone shape on the tip of the index finger using the gold polish.
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<b>Step 7:</b> Karen uses the warmer bronze hue to create the sharp geometric outline of the torch flame.
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<b>Step 8:</b> For a hint of extra sparkle, Karen outlines the flame in sparkling silver polish before applying a final clear coat to protect the design.
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If there were a nail art Olympics, Karen's finished look would take home the gold.
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