The Kodama Mani by Melissa Grey for Studio Ghibli Brunch

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In honor of GGB NY’s Studio Ghibli brunch, I turned to one of my favorite Miyazaki-helmed films, Princess Mononoke, for inspiration. With its unparalleled animation and strong aesthetic, the Ghibli oeuvre provides a ton of nail art design possibilities, but I wanted to go with something simple and easy to replicate for this tutorial. I’ve always loved the kodama — the transluscent tree spirits that make that slightly unsettling but also kind of cute clacking sound — and what they symbolize, particularly at the film’s end. To get a creepy/cute kodama mani, just follow these simple steps.

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Harley Quinn Mani Tutorial

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Harley Quinn Annual #1 Bombshells Variant

To celebrate New York Comic Con (and the wildly successful Fan Girls’ Night Out, naturally), I looked to one of my favorite characters in DC’s canon for inspiration: Harley Quinn. Ever since the character’s introduction in the animated series of the early 90’s, she’s occupied a special place in my heart, not simply because she pulls off a jester costume the way so few people can, but because she’s, to put it politely, absolutely fucking nuts. There are plenty of reasons to love Harley, her poor taste in men notwithstanding, and with a few (sort of) simple steps, you can show the world just how much you care.

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The Legend of Zelda Mani

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In honor of Retro Video Game Month here at Geek Girl Brunch, I’ve decided to tackle one of the world’s most beloved franchises: The Legend of Zelda. With just a few simple steps, you’ll have the cutest mani in all of Hyrule. All you’ll need is gold and black polish, a top coat, a small detail brush, and some vases to break for ambience (the last bit is optional).

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Captain Marvel Mani Tutorial

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Captain Marvel by Jamie McKelvie

To celebrate Geek Girl Brunch’s Marvel Month, I took inspiration from an iconic hero who bears her universe’s namesake: Captain Marvel. Carol Danvers is a genuine, grade-A badass so we hope we did her justice with this star-spangled design.

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