Monday, September 30, 2013

Guest Post- Debbie @RunningWithLacquer

Hello Lovelies! I hope your weekend was full of joy and fun! I was home attending to my now adenoid free baby. Thank you so much to everyone who prayed for her and sent positive vibes our way. The surgery went well and aside from a little pain here and there, my Baby Bop is doing amazing!

Today's guest post comes from my friend, fellow polish addict, and awesome nail girl Debbie! She and I met through IG where she runs her account called @RunningWithLacquer. Since becoming acquainted several months ago, she and I have become great friends. Debbie is simply a sweetheart and her nails are always flawless. Debbie is one of the members of my little group of polish buddies called 'The Fab 5 Polish Junkies.' We affectionately call her Mama Bear and I am so honored to have her bless us with her gorgeous creations here today. This mani is literally THE BEEZ NEEZ!! LOL! Please follow her on Instagram and help me welcome Debbie to Polished to Precision!

Hello, everyone! My name is Debbie and some of you may know me from IG, where I’m @runningwithlacquer. I was so excited Tiffany asked me to be a guest blogger, but also a little nervous since I've never done this before. I hope you guys like what I’ve chosen to share with you today. I’ve done a fun technique that I think looks amazing and is surprisingly easier than you’d think – a mosaic.

First, I started by painting my nails white. I chose a very white-white, China Glaze “White on White,” because I wanted the colors to really pop against a stark white background. For my first mani I did the mosaic as an accent nail, so after applying two coats of “White on White” I topped the non-accent nails with Lush Lacquer’s “Freckles”. I wanted a lot of glitter so I applied 2-3 coats.

Next, it was time to create the mosaic! Are you ready? It was really not hard, so don’t worry. There are probably several ways to achieve this look, including using a brush and acrylics, but I don’t have those so I used a dotting tool and striper polish. Select one color and with your dotting tool create shapes on your accent nail. I used mostly triangles but remember, a mosaic is made with all sorts of oddly shaped pieces so you don’t need to be perfect.

Select your next color and repeat the process.

Continue creating shapes with your remaining colors, trying to leave a little bit of white space between the colors.

Here is what the accent nail looks like with all shapes. Remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect. As you can see in this photo, some of my colors have even overlapped a little bit. That’s ok, we’ll fix it in just a minute.

Allow the nail polish to briefly dry and then grab your striper polish. This is where the magic happens. Outlining the shapes with your striper polish is what’s going to create those nice crisp lines and the clear distinction between the shapes. In those areas where the white striper actually goes over the colored polish you may need to go back for a second coat. Allow to dry briefly and apply a top coat to let your artwork really shine. (I used HK Girl top coat for this mani.) With patience and a steady hand, here is what your final product will look like.

I ended up loving this mosaic so much I decided to do the rest of my fingers the same way.

So….what do you think? It’s really not hard so I encourage you all to give it a try. Thank you, Tiffany, for allowing me the opportunity to share this technique and I hope you all enjoyed it.



  1. This is so awesome Debb!! Love it!!

  2. That is really different, what talent!!! Pretty!!!

  3. It really is quite snazzy! Especially with the neon colours, makes it stand out alot more than normal colours do.

  4. Thanks so much! I like the way the neon colors pop and I'm glad you like it, too. :)

  5. Thank you so much for the kind words!

  6. Thank you, Tiff. Always so sweet to me. <3

  7. Thanks, Sia. <3 I glad you love it. :)

  8. Thanks, Tiff. And thanks again for asking me to be a guest blogger. What an honor. <3

  9. Marisa (Polish Obsession)October 2, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    Love this mosaic look!! The colors are so pretty and fun!


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