Nail Your Books #3: City Skyline Nails (Divergent)

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Hello and welcome back! Nail Your Books is a feature at The Princess of Storyland that Cristina created in order to show off some great book related nail ideas. They can be anything from a book inspired design to a matching nail varnish. Since I love nail varnishes and – as my Twitter followers know – I often create book cover inspired nail designs for myself, I decided to join this feature and bring them here to the blog to show you.

Hello everyone! Those of you who have been following me on Twitter for at least a few months might remember that a.) I’m a big fan of cutepolish‘s Youtube channel and b.) I adored her city skyline nails. So much so that I just couldn’t resist giving them a try back in August. (see the result here) When I was rearranging my bookcase the other day I realised it looks a little bit like the skyscrapers on Divergent’s cover. So I added a bit of glitter and silvery colours to the base coat and… well, this is how it turned out.

Divergent nails

If you’d like to recreate this look, you’ll need the following:

  • Base coat (Quick Dry Nail Colour 13 by Rival de Loop)
  • Silver nail varnish (Metal Shine by Miss Sporty)
  • Black nail varnish (Fatal Black by Miss Sporty) or a black nail art pen
  • Top coat (Ultra Gloss Nail Shine by Essence)
  • A cosmetic sponge


The only thing you’ll need to change is the colours. After starting off with a base coat, I applied one coat of slightly darker blue and let it dry. Next, instead of the blue/purple combination, I applied some silver nail polish onto a cosmetic sponge and sponged this colour halfway down my nails. I also used this silver polish for the tiny windows (instead of the white one in the video). And the rest is the same. :)

Will you give it a try? Have you tried any book cover inspired nail designs recently?

50 Responses to “Nail Your Books #3: City Skyline Nails (Divergent)”

  1. OhmiGod! I love this! I recently bought Divergent and Insurgent so maybe this is a sign that I should just read them already.

    I really like skylines. I have like, a ton of wallpapers of city skylines and so I will surely give this a try =D
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  2. Wow – Your nails are stunning! I love the design :) And it fits so well with the cover!

    How long does it take you to do them? :)

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    • Vicky says:

      Aww, thank you! It depends – I think this one took me about half an hour or so. It depends on the nail polish I use because some of them take ages to dry. :D

  3. This is amazing, Vicky! If I’m ever in the area, I just might have to look you up so that you can do this for me! :)
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  4. Awesome Vicky! I wish I was this skilled in nail art :) I’m actually reading Divergent right now for a read-a-long I’m hosting!
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    • Vicky says:

      Thanks R! :) And I know! I actually saw your tweets the other day and it must be so much fun – I would have joined you guys if I hadn’t read it last year. Aren’t you planning on hosting an Insurgent readalong, by any chance? I’d be totally up for that – it’s been on my TBR list for ages!

  5. Melissa says:

    Thos are completely awesome Vicky…I am so amazed at how talented you are…I can barely get one coat of one color to look decent when I do my nails! lol
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  6. kimbacaffeinate says: are so clever!
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  7. Zara Alexis says:

    Very cool! I’m an avid reader, book blogger, and nail polish addict! Have you joined the Nail Polish Lottery Club on FB?

    Here’s my post:

    Zara Alexis @ The Bibliotaphe Closet
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  8. Beckie says:

    Oh my Goodness! I love this idea. Your nails look so amazing. :)

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  9. Those are some awesome details. Loved the first and need to read 2nd.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  10. Katja says:

    Love it! That’s so creative and perfect for Divergent :)
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  11. Mama J says:

    They look amazing. I wsh I could do fancy nail varnishy things but I can only just about manage dots!
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  12. Britt says:

    First of all, the new blog look is phenomenal!! And the nails are awesome, love the book and the nails! :)
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  13. Steph, The Readingista says:

    That is bad a$$! Thanks for the video.
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  14. Pragya says:

    Ooh gorgeous! They look amazing. You are the nail art queen. :)
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  15. SweetMarie83 says:

    Vicky, those are AMAZING!! I showed my sister-in-law and I’m going to make her do my nails like that someday lol
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  16. Kristy F says:

    These are fantastic! I’m in love with anything to do with city views, so I think I know what I’ll be doing on my nails next!
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  17. Jenna says:

    Ooh! I like! Thanks for sharing! Will try this one now!
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  18. Leah says:

    Ahhh this looks so cool! :)
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  19. Juhina says:

    ooh this looks so cute! I would love nails like that, especially sing i love divergent <3

    – Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf
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  20. Petra says:

    Beautiful! :)
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  21. Philippa says:

    Wow your nails look awesome. I wish I could do fabulous nail art like that :)
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  22. Erin says:

    I wish I had this kind of patience and steady hand!
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  23. Amazing! I could never do this without “painting” half my room while at it!
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