Creative musings in bright colors

Ballet Shoes

I danced for 15 years. This manicure holds a special place in my heart, because it is unlikely that I will ever do ballet again (I cracked my hip out of my socket when I was 16 and danced for two more years…but it has somewhat destroyed my right leg and my back). The closest I can get is putting it on my nails and occasionally dancing around my bedroom for fun.


This was a very easy manicure, so I have put together a tutorial at the end of the post for you guys. This was also the first mani I did with my “new nail shape” (aka: most of my nails broke after I removed gel polish, and a few days later the rest broke so I filed them to circles to avoid losing all the length. I honestly don’t like it and I changed it back to mostly squoval less than a week later). So, ballet shoes! They are somewhere between pointe shoes and ballet flats.



  • Light pink: Revlon – Calla Lilly
  • Pink: Sinful Colors – Pink Forever
  • White: Zoya – Purity


The thing on my thumb was supposed to be a tutu. It didn’t exactly work out as planned, but its still cute I guess! I also don’t remember what the coral and purple that I used on my thumb were. Oops.


And now, on to the tutorial!

Ballet Shoe Tutorial

Step 1: Paint your nails with a very light pink or nude polish. Don’t worry about slight visible nail line.
Step 2: Using your pink polish, paint the edges of your nails in a U shape. Start the U about 1/2 down the nail.
Step 3: Using a thin striping brush, add two laces in pink polish. Try to make them cross in the middle of the nail, and “attach” just above where the shoe ended.
Step 4: Outline the border of the U shaped shoe with white polish. I used an unbent paper clip to add tiny dots and make them appear lacy. You could also just paint a thin white line. Top coat and you’re done!

Hope you enjoyed!

Comments on: "Ballet Shoes" (7)

  1. This is beautiful! Very cute, playful, and stylish too! Thanks for the tutorial — I just might try this one!

  2. Aww these are so cute! Love <333

  3. OH MY GAWSH! I love them.

  4. Cute! My best friend does ballet, and she loves tutorials, so made sure she finds her way here 😉

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