A perfect manicure and pole dance don't mix, it's a tough lesson to learn when your obsession for nail art runs deep!  Sure you can drop some serious cash on gel nails or spend your evenings reapplying, but both can cause real damage to your nail health. Luckily where there is a will, there is a way and with the help of some talented friends I have some workout proof nail art to share.

Modern Arrow

What is awesome about the Modern Arrow design is you can apply the concept of keeping your design close to the nail base to create infinite amount of designs, all without ending up with chipped polish at the end of the day. I created the Modern Arrow design based on the traditional moon shape of the 40s and 50s only with an updated twist.   Start with completely polish free nails. Next using scotch or painters tape place your first piece of tape from the bottom corner crossing to the top opposite corner, place the second piece of tape from the opposite bottom corner crossing over the first piece. You should have created a triangle. Now take your polish of choice and paint two coats. Making sure to let your polish almost completely dry, slowly remove the tape. Finish off with a q-tip dipped in nail polish remover and clean up any messy edges.    

Dripping in Gold

Sometimes I can't help myself and I just have to have rich dark plum or red nails, but the pole never fails to ruin my lux mani. This clever and cute trick to fix chipped nails was given to me by make-up artist and fellow poler, Kelly Thorpe, and allows you to have the best of both worlds! First, paint the chipped tips of your nails. You kinda want to glob it on a little more than usual. Second, add 1-2 drops of nail polish in the middle of your nail, keep them uneven for a more natural drip look, that you will then drag up to your painted tips. Finally add a drop or two towards the base of your nail for extra drippy goodness.

Have you given our nail art a try? Share your results and your take on workout proof nails!

Jillian is an avid pole dance student, accessories and costume designer, rhinestone aficionado, and a PDBloggers Executive Commitee Member. She also writes at PoleGeek.blogspot.com.
February 27, 2020 — Jacqueline Lee