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6 easy steps to a punky pastel mani

 
Our fave bloggers at The Beauty Department dreamed up this electric--and totally exclusive--nail art for us. Their presh-yet-punk bolt design will light up your fingertips all season long.
 
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    BEAUTY KIT
     
    To get picture-perfect results, you'll want a metallic shade, like Maybelline New York Color Show Nail Lacquer in Bold Gold ($4 at drugstores), and a pastel shade, like Essie polish in Mint Candy Apple ($8 at essie.com).
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    THE RIGHT TOOLS
     
    Got your polish? Fab! Now you'll need painter's tape (get it at the hardware store) and a small pair of scissors.
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    STEP 1
     
    Apply metallic polish to all 10 digits and wait five minutes (or until dry).
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    STEP 2
     
    Cut tape into narrow triangles and apply them in a zigzag pattern.
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    STEP 3
     
    Paint over the entire nail and triangles with the pastel shade.
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    STEP 4
     
    Peel off the tape after waiting just 10 seconds so polish is still wet.
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    STEP 5
     
    Do just one nail for an unexpected accent or all 10 for a major mani.
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    STEP 6
     
    Swipe each dry nail with a layer of topcoat to seal in your masterpiece.
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    Don't let the sweets fool ya--our model's mani is totally fierce.
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    Get oh-so gorge advice from beauty pros Kristin Ess, Lauren Conrad (yep, that one!) and Amy Nadine at TheBeautyDepartment.com. Thanks for the how-to, ladies!
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