"The dress was bright and bold, and the blue ribbon was subtle but still very noticeable," she says. "That's what makes this look so easy to read on the nail. The concept was to have parts of the ribbon in blue as part of the design, and then to leave the base color bright to draw attention to it." First, swipe on two coats of red polish (Poole used Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Scarlet Starlet). Using a nail art brush and sky blue shade, like Sally Hansen's Miracle Gel in Rhythm & Blue, paint stripes onto the index and ring fingers, sticking to the edges and the tips of the nail. (This helps create an effect that reads as if the design is falling off the nail, she says.)
On the thumb, pinky, and middle fingers, apply a triangular shape using the nail art brush and again, keep to the tip and base of nail. Apply a second coat of blue to make the color really pop, then finish with a clear top coat.