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May 19, 2012
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Hannah’s graduating from high school this month (go Hannah!) and asked for some calculus nails before May 26th — done and done!  Instead of focusing just on the numbers I decided to use more of the graphs for this one, which worked out for a subtly nerdy manicure (on first blush it just looks like a line-based sort of pattern going on).

I started with a 3 coat base of L’Oreal Versailles Romance, a sheer-type peachy number that has been waiting around to be tested for months now.  A little underwhelmed by it really; nice shade, and I like the pearly finish, but getting an evenly opaque coat even after 3 passes was a bit of a struggle.  I wish I could be one of those one-coat-sheer-and-go chicks, but my nails are just crazy stained after so many different colors being put on the nails that I *have* to go opaque at this point.  Oh for the love of nail… Once that dried I used some black acrylic paint, real ink and the smallest brush I have to add in the calculus bits — totally overshot the scale on this and probably should have gone larger, but the educated geek should know what I was going for here.

Happy graduation Hannah, you should be very proud of yourself!

Calculus Nails

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L'Oreal Versailles Romance

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10 Responses

  1. This is fun, and congratulations to Hannah!

  2. Jenny says:

    This is cool, kinda reminds me of Leonardo da Vinci’s sketches.
    I especially appreciate this as I studied maths at university.
    Really love your blog btw :-)

    • the nerd says:

      Oh gosh those would be fun to do! I’ll have to practice more to get there, but thanks for planting the seed. And thank you! <3

  3. Irma says:

    i dislike math but this is just too awesome

  4. Yuetiva says:

    I am so madly in love with this mani. :)

  5. Finished10dnails says:

    Wow – this is amazing! Makes math cool!

  6. the nerd says:

    Thank you ladies! Honestly, the nerd in me that thought it was super romantic to get physics equations from my boyfriend as a 20something really enjoys the idea of these.

  7. Neat! (Olivia) says:


  8. Ashley says:

    I absolutely LOVE this manicure. For some reason, I am never happy with my manicures. Hmm…

  9. Bella says:

    Love the math on nails <3

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