See How to Nail This Modern Pastel Manicure For Easter

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What’s sweeter than a package of Peeps, but won’t give you the rush and eventual crash triggered by sugar? This pretty pastel nail design, of course, which was created by celebrity manicurist Jin Soon Choi. It’s on-theme with the Easter color palette, but isn’t as literal as painting ten tiny bunnies on each digit. Opt for solid a solid hue on four of your fingers, or add polka-dots at the tip with a dotting tool—Choi gave us step-by-step instructions on painting up that final statement nail, in time to pair the pattern with your floral-printed sun dress. The graphic lines suggest a vibe that almost tips toward modern art. Check out the complete how-to below.

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    File your nails into your desired shape and give them a pass of the buffing block if needed. Follow with your favorite base coat.

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    Once your base coat dries, apply two even layers of a pastel yellow, like Jin Soon’s Charme ($18; nordstrom.com).

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    Dip a nail art brush or an old, clean eyeliner brush into Jin Soon’s Aero ($18; net-a-porter.com). Carefully draw a thin triangle shape that spans from the left tip toward the center, and another from the right cuticle edge to the middle. Fill in each shape with the pale blue lacquer.

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    Arm yourself with a dotting tool—even a pencil or the end of a bobby pin will work, you beauty MacGyver, you—and arrange your pastel lacquers accordingly. A mix of Jin Soon’s Keppel, Moxie, and Peace ($18 each; net-a-porter.com) were used here. Begin placing polka dots at the tip of each rectangle, and work your way toward either the end, or the cuticle. Finish with a layer of top coat.