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DIY Nail Art: Exotic Aztec

Let your creativity flow and make your own tribal print nail art.

Whether you attend a music festival or hit the beach, you'll see girls in their prettiest fashion sporting the latest Aztec trend. From dresses, to bags, to cellphone cases, the tribal print is everywhere! But wouldn't it be awesome if we could try it on our nails, too?

This design is a little difficult compared to our other nail art tutorials. It's all about dots, lines, shapes, and color, so there's really no "correct" way to do it. But the best thing about tribal nail art is you can customize it any way you want!

Here, Cosmo's quick guide to nailing this intricate pattern!

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Step 1. Paint your nails white. 

Step 2. Do a French tip with blue polish. We love OPI… Eurso Euro, P645. Then, using Chic's 2-Way Nail Design Pen & Brush in black, P34.75, outline the blue tip.

Step 3. Next, carefully draw black inverted triangles under the black line.

Step 4. Draw two straight lines under the triangles in the color of your choice. Try Deborah Lippmann's Yellow Brick Road, P695, and Etude House's Dear My Blooming Nails PK001, P178.

Step 5. Lastly, make lime green vertical lines like Revlon's Nail Art Expressionist in Monet, Monet, P350, to connect the yellow and pink horizontal lines and add black dots over the pink lines using a dotted tool or nail art pen.

Hand Model: Stef Padilla
Photography: Jico Joson
Nails: Honeyca Obeña of Belle & Cat Nail and Wax Studio

Shot on location at Belle & Cat Nail and Wax Studio