Today we're going to spice up our color blended polish with some very basic nail art. This technique is a little more difficult than what we did yesterday, but it's still very easy, and I'd venture to guess that anyone reading this can paint their own nails using this technique and have them turn out well. If you're not sure, just practice a few times on a piece of paper before you start your nails. You'll be painting like a pro in no time!
- Dotting Tool or Toothpicks
- Nail Art Brushes or Nail Art Striper Paints (White and Silver Glitter)
- White and Silver Glitter Nail Polish (if using Brushes)
- Acetone to Clean Brushes and Dotting Tool
Step One: Prep
Step Two: Silver Glitter
Load your brush up with silver glitter polish (in this picture I'm using a Nail Art Polish). Start at any corner of your nail and press down with the tip of the brush. Draw the brush out across your nail, lessening the downward pressure as you go.
Repeat to create a silver V shape.
Step Three: White Stripes
Load your Brush with White Polish.
In this step I'm using white nail polish (Hot Topic Brand - I love these polishes for nail art, but not for painting nails!) and a nail art brush so you can see the difference. To load the brush with polish, place a drop on a piece of scrap paper, and dip your brush in it until the bristles are covered about 2/3 of the way up. You can also thin the polish if necessary by dipping the brush in acetone before dipping it in the polish.
Using the same stroke method as you did with the silver polish, Draw three stripes of white radiating from the same corner as the silver.
You should now have a design that resembles a a starburst shooting from the corner of your nail.
Step Four: Clean
Clean your brushes in a dappen dish filled with acetone before the polish dries.
Step Five: Dots
Place a new drop of white polish on your scrap paper if the old one has begun to dry or thicken.
Dip your dotting tool into the polish, covering about half of the ball at the end, but not submerging it completely (completely covering the dotter ball will produce dots that are uneven). Or, if using a toothpick, dip one end into the polish.
Starting at the base of your starburst, place a dot of polish along the side of your nail plate by pressing down gently (try not to touch the ball to your nail as this will result in a dimple in the middle of your dot). Without dipping back into the polish, keep dotting until you have a line of dots that follows your starburst.
As you use up the polish on the tool, the dots will become increasingly smaller.
If necessary, dip your tool in the polish once more and re-dot the entire line to fill in any dips, or smooth out uneven dots. Don't try to touch up a single dot, as it will increase the size of the dot and give you an uneven line.
Step Six: Top Coat
Seal your nail art after it's dried with a good quality top coat. Clean off your dotting tool with acetone, and admire your work!
Click to see a larger picture.
That's it! You've officially created your own, beautifully hand-painted nail art! Now make sure your husband takes you out for dinner so you don't ruin all of your hard work doing the dishes!
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