Kimber’s Mish Mash Challenge: Music (Ke$ha-inspired Border Nails)

28 Aug

Okay, so Ke$ha came to Vermont this past weekend and obv, I had to go. (You’re wondering why I love Ke$ha? Oh bb, there are so many reasons). And it was the most amazing, transcendent, life-affirming concert experience of my life. Ke$ha in hot pants? Check. Ke$ha in a sparkly, rainbow leotard? Check. Gay rights activism at a pop show? Check. Sexual objectification of hot, ab-defined men? Check PLUS.  Fire? Glitter? Confetti?? CHECK CHECK AND CHECKMATE. Did I literally dance my ass off? Yes. Would I got again? In a heartbeat. I think I’m in love. Ke$ha says she’s not getting married until any 2 people in the United States regardless of sexuality or gender identification can get married. I’VE BEEN SAYING THE SAME THING FOR YEARS. It’s destiny. Meet Ke$ha, my unofficial finance.

Anywayyyy… this week’s Mish Mash challenge could not have been more ideal! Going to see Ke$ha, I obv had to do Ke$ha-inspired nails for this challenge. (If you haven’t checked out her fabulous nail art, GO GOOGLE RIGHT NOW)

She has so many fantastic nail designs, but unlike Ke$ha, I don’t have a dedicated make up team to put mine together. It’s just little old, 11-hour work days, 6 days a week work days me over here, and —

So I picked one of her simpler designs, border mani. Check out how classy and pretty it is:

God, she’s just so perf, I can’t even — UNNFF

Anyway, here’s my version:


And here’s now to do it!


  • Base polish (that’s the beige above)
  • Black Sharpie marker (you’re all like say what Sharpies on my nails?? but just trust me)
  • Hairspray (now you’re really wondering what’s up haha)
  • Rubbing alcohol and cotton swabs
  • Top and base coats (I use Seche Vite for my top ALWAYS and Smoother Operator for my base)
  • Something sparkly for your accent nail

Step 1: Prime your nails with some base coat. This is not optional.

Step 2: Paint 2-3 coats of your base color. The more polish between your permanent marker border and your nail, the better, IMO.

Step 3: After your base color is super, super dry, take your Sharpie marker and outline your nail. Don’t worry about getting some on your skin (we’ll take care of that in a sec, promise). Depending what you’re doing for an accent nail, you might want to leave the outline off that nail.

Step 4: After your nails are bordered, carefully, gently spray a super thin coat of hairspray over your nails. Let that dry for awhile (this prevents the marker from smearing) before moving onto the next step.

Step 5: After your hairspray is dry, you can use your top coat.

Step 6: Accent nail: So Ke$ha put some bling on hers. I didn’t have that, but I did have some gold polish and the silver hexagon glitter polish from Color Club seen above.

Step 7: Clean up your cuticles (which no doubt are covered in Sharpie) with the rubbing alcohol.

That’s all it took! It was a pretty quick mani, actually, and I really liked it. Loads of compliments at the concert.

The polishes I used were:

  • Base color: OPI Don’t Pretzel My Buttons (from their Germany collection)
  • Accent nail base color: Wet N Wild The Gold and the Beautiful
  • Glitter bling accent color: Silver hexagon glitter polish from Color Club (had no name on it, sorry!)

Make sure to check out what the other amazing girls did for this challenge!


12 Responses to “Kimber’s Mish Mash Challenge: Music (Ke$ha-inspired Border Nails)”

  1. Natalie August 29, 2013 at 1:33 am #

    Ooo…I really like this! And I like Ke$ha as well. You gotta appreciate a girl who can sing lyrics like hers with no shame…whatsoever. lol Great job!

  2. Criminal Nails August 29, 2013 at 7:40 am #

    OMG! What a great inspiration! Her nails (and yours) look amazing, so classy ^^

  3. A-Mani-Maniac August 29, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    Such a pretty, simple and elegant mani. Turned out fantastic.

  4. Kimber August 29, 2013 at 7:32 pm #

    I really dig this!

  5. Polish Asphyxiation August 29, 2013 at 9:21 pm #

    Looks so awesome. I might have to try this sometime

  6. Chantelle August 30, 2013 at 9:02 am #

    You did a great job with this look! Glad you had a ball at the Ke$ha concert, it sounds like it was so much fun!

  7. Dionne August 30, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    Pretty and sophisticated mani. Glad you had fun at the concert!

  8. TheBookishManicurist August 31, 2013 at 7:37 am #

    Love this look! And yay, another vegan nail art blogger! 🙂

  9. Kristine @ Pink and Polished Nails August 31, 2013 at 5:56 pm #

    SO pretty! I love that you used Ke$ha as your inspiration she’s so fun!! And you recreated that mani so well it looks gorgeous!! 🙂

  10. Cristina (@PeeBeforePolish) September 1, 2013 at 8:39 pm #

    I prefer your version than hers! 😀

  11. Simona LightYourNails September 2, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    Your version is gorgeous!

  12. Small Budget Beauty September 3, 2013 at 1:51 am #

    Very cool mani!

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