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Nail Art Tutorial: How to Use Eyeliner for Nail Art

Nail Art Tutorial: How to Use Eyeliner for Nail Art

12.10.14

By semick

Inspired by Robin Moses, this look by Bowful is elegant and detailed enough for the most dressy occasions — and yet the secret to it is super simple! Just use eyeliner. Click or swipe through.

  • Materials needed:

    • Liquid Eyeliner (L'Oréal Carbon Black Brush Tip Liquid Eyeliner)
    • Silver Polish (Julep Harley or any shade lighter than black)
    • Base Coat (Essie Grow Stronger)
    • Top Coat (Essie Good to Go)
    • A dotting tool or toothpick
    • A slightly long and thin nail art brush
    SLIDE 1 OF 11
  • Step 1:

    Start with a base coat to ensure a lasting manicure and prevent staining.

    SLIDE 2 OF 11
  • Step 2:

    Using the nail art brush and chosen polish, line the top of your nails upward in a slanted motion. Your left hand should have lines upward from the left to the right edge of your nails, while your right hand should have lines upward from the right to the left edge of your nails. This doesn’t have to be perfect because these lines will be covered later. If you want an accent nail, create two lines from both edges meeting up in the center, as seen on the middle finger above.

    SLIDE 3 OF 11
  • Step 3:

    Create more lines parallel to one another.

    SLIDE 4 OF 11
  • Step 4:

    Create lines perpendicular to the initial line for a crisscross appearance.

    SLIDE 5 OF 11
  • Step 5:

    I used liquid eyeliner for the next few steps because the consistency is easier to work with than polish. You can cut the brush of the eyeliner to your liking if you wish to make it thinner. To create the border of the design, start by painting a C-shape with the liquid eyeliner. Continue by creating similar C-shapes, as shown in the picture. Paint small upside down V-shapes for every second intersection of the C-shapes, resulting in four small lines. Using a dotting tool or the eyeliner brush, apply small dots by each of the four lines.

    SLIDE 6 OF 11
  • Step 6:

    For the optional accent nail, paint three little tails facing the center of the nails on both sides. Connect the tails by following the silver lining to the top. Apply three small dots by the tails on each side and add three teardrop-like shapes at the top for some detail.

    SLIDE 7 OF 11
  • Step 7:

    For the intricate lace design, start with a clover by roughly painting four or five very small hearts in a circle.

    SLIDE 8 OF 11
  • Step 8:

    This is where improvisation and creativity can heavily influence the design. Paint stems and leaves in the silver area, as shown above, and feel free to add more clovers or flowers.

    SLIDE 9 OF 11
  • Step 9:

    The eyeliner will turn matte when it dries, and when it does, seal the design with a top coat. Another great thing about liquid eyeliner is that once it dries, it won't smudge when top coat is applied. This step is extremely important because the liquid eyeliner is not waterproof, and will remove if your hands get wet. The top coat will also finalize the design with a shine. Let the top coat dry, et voilà!

    SLIDE 10 OF 11
  • Done!

    Visit her blog: bowful.blogspot.com
    Instagram: @bowful
    Twitter: @bowful

    Courtesy of Alexandra Lopez

    SLIDE 11 OF 11
  • Materials needed:

    • Liquid Eyeliner (L'Oréal Carbon Black Brush Tip Liquid Eyeliner)
    • Silver Polish (Julep Harley or any shade lighter than black)
    • Base Coat (Essie Grow Stronger)
    • Top Coat (Essie Good to Go)
    • A dotting tool or toothpick
    • A slightly long and thin nail art brush
  • Step 1:

    Start with a base coat to ensure a lasting manicure and prevent staining.

  • Step 2:

    Using the nail art brush and chosen polish, line the top of your nails upward in a slanted motion. Your left hand should have lines upward from the left to the right edge of your nails, while your right hand should have lines upward from the right to the left edge of your nails. This doesn’t have to be perfect because these lines will be covered later. If you want an accent nail, create two lines from both edges meeting up in the center, as seen on the middle finger above.

  • Step 3:

    Create more lines parallel to one another.

  • Step 4:

    Create lines perpendicular to the initial line for a crisscross appearance.

  • Step 5:

    I used liquid eyeliner for the next few steps because the consistency is easier to work with than polish. You can cut the brush of the eyeliner to your liking if you wish to make it thinner. To create the border of the design, start by painting a C-shape with the liquid eyeliner. Continue by creating similar C-shapes, as shown in the picture. Paint small upside down V-shapes for every second intersection of the C-shapes, resulting in four small lines. Using a dotting tool or the eyeliner brush, apply small dots by each of the four lines.

  • Step 6:

    For the optional accent nail, paint three little tails facing the center of the nails on both sides. Connect the tails by following the silver lining to the top. Apply three small dots by the tails on each side and add three teardrop-like shapes at the top for some detail.

  • Step 7:

    For the intricate lace design, start with a clover by roughly painting four or five very small hearts in a circle.

  • Step 8:

    This is where improvisation and creativity can heavily influence the design. Paint stems and leaves in the silver area, as shown above, and feel free to add more clovers or flowers.

  • Step 9:

    The eyeliner will turn matte when it dries, and when it does, seal the design with a top coat. Another great thing about liquid eyeliner is that once it dries, it won't smudge when top coat is applied. This step is extremely important because the liquid eyeliner is not waterproof, and will remove if your hands get wet. The top coat will also finalize the design with a shine. Let the top coat dry, et voilà!

  • Done!

    Visit her blog: bowful.blogspot.com
    Instagram: @bowful
    Twitter: @bowful

    Courtesy of Alexandra Lopez

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