Today I have some slightly time-consuming, easy, and awesome nails to show you. I don’t have a good name for these so if you suggest something that I like in the comments, I’ll change it to your name and give you a little shout out for coming up with such a stunning name. What a prize, huh? Haha. Anyway, let’s just have a look at these:
Black With Tie-Dye Stripe Nails:
I saw another picture on Pinterest which inspired me to do these nails. I was happily able to find the actual website that the photo that I saw came from and it is pshiiit.com. The author has some awesome nail art, but I think it’s in French, so I can’t read it. 😦 The good thing is- I mostly care about pictures! Haha. Anyway, that’s where I got my inspiration. 🙂 I loved the combination of bright colors and black, and how the colors fade into one another, and just the overall look. It’s a little different and really awesome. The good thing is that anyone can do these nails, they take a little time, but not really any skill (yayyy!) and definitely not a steady hand, which I do not have.
How To Get These Nails:
- Start with base coat.
- Paint your nails with one coat of metallic silver polish. I used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Celeb City. It’s my favorite silver polish.
- Cut up a makeup sponge into 2 tiny pieces, and put a couple drops of yellow nail polish (I used Ulta Sun-Sational) onto a piece of foil.
- Use one of the sponge pieces to sponge an imperfect strip of yellow down the center of each nail. Leave it a little spongey looking but try not to let too much of the silver show through. The silver is mostly there to keep the colors bright without allowing any nail to show through.
- Put a drop or two of pink polish (I used OPI Koala Bear-y) onto the foil and use the other piece of makeup sponge to sponge a line down one side of the yellow stripe on each nail. Let the pink overlap the yellow a little, and keep it a little spongey like you did with the yellow.
- Put a drop or two of orange polish (I used OPI A Roll In The Hague) on the foil and use the yellow polish sponge (it should be mostly dry by now so you can just reuse that sponge) to sponge the orange on the side opposite of the pink.
- Apply a coat of SecheVite and allow to dry thoroughly. You don’t want the tape you’re going to apply to tear up the polish you just sponged on.
- Once your sponged nails are dry, cut thin strips of tape, or cut straight french manicure guides in half. You’ll need 20, so you might as well cut them all now.
- Apply two thin strips to each nail in any design desired. I liked them diagonal and if I did these nails again I would do them all diagonal, fyi.
- Once your nails are taped off, paint over the tape strips on two nails with an opaque-in-one-coat black polish like FP Black Expressionism. I hated that polish the first time I used it but now it’s one of my most used polishes. I need to re-write that review.
- Immediately remove the tape from those two nails.
- Repeat steps 10 and 11 for all nails.
- Allow the black to dry to the touch, then apply a final coat of Seche Vite. Your nails will look much shinier than mine because I took my pictures a couple of days after I did these nails, and I had taught a clay art class so my nails got pretty scuffed up. 😦
- Sit back and enjoy your nails. Take a picture on Instagram, tweet it to me, show your friends, call your mom and tell her how awesome they are, make your husband/bf admire your nails… you know… the regular routine. I know I can’t be the only one!! 😉
I just LOVE how these nails look! It’s my favorite combination of nail colors: brights and darks! 🙂 Let me know what you think and your name suggestion in the comments below! I wasn’t kidding!!! I need help! As always, thanks for reading and Happy Polishing!!
PS: Happy President’s Day to my US readers!