Hey There Polished People!
For my first week at my summer job I decided to attempt tie dye nails and I’m just now getting around to sharing them. We do tie dye shirts a couple of times each summer at the park, and it’s really fun, so I thought hm, tie dye nails would be appropriate for the first few days! 🙂 Also, Frosso from Lacquer Me Silly and I were talking about nail art one day and I think I told her to do some tie dye, she told me to do some tie dye and we were both like “uh… nahhhhh, too hard” but then I got this wild idea to actually try it and today you will see my results.
Tie Dye (ish) Nails
How To Get These Nails:
- Start with a white (I like Nina Ultra Pro French White) base.
- Apply a healthy drop of blue polish (FP Inkblot Blue) on one side in the middle of your nail, apply a thick ring of pink polish (ChG Flip Flop Fantasy) around the blue, then apply a thinner but still healthy ring of yellow (Orly Glowstick) around the pink.
- Quickly grab a needle and drag it from the blue out through the outer rings of color in several areas radiating out from the blue dot, creating the tie dye effect.
- Apply topcoat when you’re done with each nail.
- Show your friends! 🙂
- I have seen this method around for a while now, but I followed Strawbrie’s tutorial on Instagram. You can find that tutorial here.
Next time I do this type of nail art, I think I will make sure to use thicker rings of polish, because as you can see, my pink and yellow didn’t drag very well. Also, I was trying to stick with traditional tie dye colors (blue, pink, yellow) but in the future I will use more because I think that will create a better tie dye effect. All-in-all though I was mostly happy with these nails. I wore them for three days before snapping this picture and OF COURSE right before I was going to take this pic I chipped a big ‘ol corner off of my ring finger, hence the peace sign. 😉 Whoops!! I will definitely try this again sometime though, and I encourage anyone else who hasn’t tried it yet to give it a go because it was really easy and even though it didn’t turn out perfectly, I think it still looked really cool. I hope you did too!
Tie dye screams summer to me, what screams summer to you? Is there a type of nail art you just are too nervous to try, or are you a fearless crazy nail lady? 😉 Let me know what you think in the comments below. As always thank you all very much for reading and till next time- Happy polishing!! 😀
uhmm…. LOVE these!!!
Thanks!!! They’re not quite draggy enough for tie dye but it’s close! 😉
You did an awesome job!! 🙂 I’m going to try tie-dye for the Tri-Polish Challenge in July. 🙂
Thanks! I was thinking about 4th of July and thinking it would be really cute to do red, white and blue tie dye and maybe place a tiny little star glitter or gleequin or stud in the center of the middle color. Let me know when you do yours so I don’t miss it! 😉
These look great!!
Thanks so much!
Haha, what a great use of clip art! I love these. Fruit nails really scream summer to me – either Fimo fruit slices or just fruits done with polish. I’ve got a kiwi technique down pretty good, I should do a tutorial for it.
I only did tie dye once last summer and I loved it!!! I do tie dye a few times with my summer job too, so it will definitely make a return soon!
Nice! Peace out 😉
WHOA! I saw these before, but seeing them larger-size on my computer now makes them insanely impressive! Plus, they’re so appropriate for your summer job! 🙂
Nice peace sign camouflage, hahaha. I wouldn’t have even guessed, it goes so well with the theme!
I think neons are definitely summer to me.
I am pretty much scared to try all nail art, including this, hahaha.
You don’t know how much……..
I love these! This mani screams out loud, my summer days as a youth; in summer camp programs at the park with my friends, chewing pink bubble gum, watching cartoons with the words (smack) (boom) (pow)! These nails are so cute & fun! By the way, how do you tie dye shirts?
Wowza! This is the best tie-dye mani I’ve seen!! Awesome, Nicole!!
Wow to you! Thanks so much!
very cool! love tie dye 🙂
Awesome! Thank you!
I’m glad you did this and not me…mine would have turned into something gross. This looks good especially for your first try. I came across some tutorials on youtube a few days ago, some were good some not so great. Now I can’t find them…maybe it was pinterest. I’m obviously no help.
You should try it! If you keep your polish thick enough it’s really quite easy and quick. I should have watched a video probably cuz just a picture didn’t quite convince me to use enough polish, obviously. 😉
They look like claws to me. Am I weird? Anyway, I am impressed by this method but doubt that I would ever be able to do it. That peace sign cracked me up because I thought it looked so weird and then you mentioned it was because you chipped your nail. LOL Silly goose.
Hahaha!! I know… The peace sign is just kinda hanging out there but I could not bring myself to redo these nails and I was kicking myself for letting them get all busted before I took a picture. The summer program is rough on my nails. I’m being totally shameless now and if I don’t get a good pic before work I’ll just take one at the park… I can’t be having all these funky little pictures all over the place to hide chips and things! 😉
1. I love tie dye! Used to do it ALL The time when I was younger
2. I love these nails and definitely want to try the technique.
Thanks so much! I hope you try it, it’s really pretty easy and always has a fun outcome. 🙂