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An Adult Colouring Book-Inspired Nail Art Design

01/25/2016 02:42 EST | Updated 01/25/2016 02:59 EST

Adult colouring books have become all the rage — and for good reason. They get us away from our screens, allow us to let our artistic sides out, and have been found to reduce stress.

By why limit the colouring to a book? Let it move onto your fingertips as well!

This nail art design is perfect for practicing your small pattern work with a small art brush. And the colours don't have to be perfect to give it that coloured-in look.

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To begin this design, start with two coats of white polish for a perfect canvas. Then, taking a small nail art brush, create a rough pattern outline with black polish. This step doesn't have to be perfect as you will be colouring over it.

Take the colours you want to "colour" with and start filling in the black and white pattern with the same small nail art brush. Alternate colours and shades to create the look you want. Allow this to dry for about a minute or two.

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Use the same black polish and brush to go over the black pattern created earlier. This cleans up the design and hides any instances where you colour outside the lines. Allow the designs to dry for about 10 minutes if using a fast-drying top coat, or about 20 minutes if using a matte top coat. If you want to save some time, apply the fast drying top coat first, and then the matte top coat. Your nails dry really quickly, but have the appearance of a matte finish.

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Polishes Used: Zoya Odette, OPI I'm in the Moon for Love, Sinful Colors Snow Me White, OPI Never Have Too Mani Friends!, Ceramic Glaze Smells Like Rain, Essie Melody Maker.

Kaitlyn Delano is a beauty blogger based in Toronto. You can find all of her nail art designs on her blog, Kaitlyn Elisabeth Beauty, as well as makeup reviews and tutorials.

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