I began with Nailene's French Manicure polish as a base. And I let it dry completely. I like using it as normal polish because it's such a pigmented nude and it goes on like a dream.
Next I knew when I did music nails I wanted to have actual music on them. Now I've seen music nails before but most of them consist of like 3 lines and random notes. Which I get is cute but the music nerd in me could not do that. I needed the whole staff, the treble clef, the key signature, the whole party.
I actually did this a few times. At first I tried a striping pen. But unless you have really long nails or can do uber skinny lines it's super difficult. Next I contemplated using some string of sorts, but that proved tricky as hell to get it exactly how you wanted it.
Finally I found something that worked. A rollerball pen. Now here's where the matte comes in. I mattified my nails so they were easier to draw on. Then with Rembrandt's guiding hand I freehanded the whole thing. When I was done I finished it with a coat of topcoat.
In case you didn't know I used their classic song "Back For Good". If you haven't heard it before I suggest you go listen to it.
Close up of the treble clef and key signature.
What I used
The only thing that kind of irks me about this manicure is it's missing rests :/ Oh well I will be doing this again for sure!... Both musical manis and Take That manis :D