Tie Dye (ish) Nails

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! šŸ™‚ 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

Tie Dye-esque (4)

How To Get These Nails:

  1. Start with a white (I like Nina Ultra Pro French White) base.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Apply topcoat when you’re done with each nail.
  5. Show your friends! šŸ™‚
  6. 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. šŸ˜‰ 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? šŸ˜‰ 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!! šŸ˜€


21 thoughts on “Tie Dye (ish) Nails

    • 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! šŸ˜‰

  1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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! šŸ™‚
    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.

  4. 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?

  5. 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. šŸ˜‰

  6. 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! šŸ˜‰

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