On a Bender

Today's nails were inspired by a movie that came out yesterday; The Last Airbender. Now, I haven't seen the cartoon other than once or twice in passing, and I probably won't go to the movie, but reader Michelle C. asked that I do an Avatar: The Last Airbender themed manicure, so this is for her! :) I used the icons that represent water, earth, air, and fire for the index, middle, ring, and pinky, then for the thumb, I used the arrow tattoo on the main character's head. (or at least part of it)

I used:

Thumb: Head with arrow tattoo

MAC Abalone Shell as a base, with a mixture of Nubar Stronghold, American Apparel Peacock, and American Apparel Mount Royal for the tattoo part.

Index: Water

Orly Gumdrop as a base, with a mix of American Apparel Peacock and American Apparel Mount Royal for the icon.

Middle: Earth

American Apparel Palm Springs as a base, with Zoya Dea for the icon.

Ring: Air

butterLONDON Billy No Mates as a base, with a mix of Zoya Jancyn and Nubar Stronghold for the icon.

Pinky: Fire

A mix of Essie Alligator Purse and American Apparel Palm Springs for the base, with a mix of Essie Alligator Purse and American Apparel Hassid for the icon.

Topped everything off with 2 coats of Seche Vite top coat.

Hope you approve, Michelle! :)

Also, since I get a lot of people asking what I use for my designs, I took a picture of the brush that I use, which I got at Sally Beauty Supply.


  1. Wait, doesn't the kid just have an arrow on his head?

  2. thank you for the brush and this nail design

  3. i used to love the cartoon!!!!
    and i love these nails!!!

  4. I'd love to see how you do the marble nails!

  5. On the cartoon (which is great btw) the main character, aang, just has a a blue arrow as his tattoo. You can see it on his head and on his arms up to the hands.

    For the movie, they made it much more intricate and detailed.

  6. how do you clean the brush? just regular nail polish remover?

  7. I love Avatar, my fiancee introduced it to me as we were going to see the movie, then to find out on opening day that it is a complete utter mess. Oh well, I still love the cartoon and I don't know why I didn't come up with this idea myself. Nice nails!


  9. Omg, I love love love Avatar TLA.
    My whole family does...it's so sad how we all sit down and watch it together. My favorite character is Appa. lmao!!!

  10. hi!!! i'm a big fan of yours =)
    i love the designs you make!!!!
    i'm from uruguay and since we are in the world cup today i have uruguay flags in my nails.
    i wanted to ask you if you could make the flags of the 4 remaining countries in the world cup
    thankyou very much =) i love your nails.

  11. Hey,
    I'm from Brazil :D
    And I love this hehe, I love how you do this, and I'm doing too :) , I bought some nail extension and I'm making a lot of desings in this nails,and I'm loving, because this is one of my habits.
    So , I looove your nails :D congratulations bye bye

  12. WOW these are amaaaaazinnnnng!!!!! omg!

  13. I don't know if you've got this comment before but I'd like to see your interpretation of disney classics or disney princesses. Chowder would be cool too. Or classic art pieces like the Mona Lisa?

  14. I'm from Brazil :D
    I'd love to see how you do the marble nails!

  15. I love them!!!! I knew you would make an amazing mani with these symbols. I'm off to copy it now! Thank you!! Keep posting awesome manis!

    Michelle C.

  16. I'd like to see a tutorial of how you did these awesome blue nails!
    Great job!

  17. haha my 10 year old brother came up and looked at the screen while I was reading your post and he said
    "Oooh that is cool! there's fire, water, air, and earth, that is beast!"

    hehe so I guess you did a good job-I've never seen the signs:b


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