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Nail Art Tutorial: Rusty Nails

Nail Art Tutorial: Rusty Nails

04.18.14

By Elma

Antiqued cabinets and torn up jeans each have their place — but the newest trend you’ll want to try is the rusty nail. Rough nails up with a matte finish, paint splatters, and a touch of metal. See how Hana of @nananailart does it.

  • You will need:

    • Orange nail polish
    • Metallic grey nail polish
    • Silver, gold, or copper coloured metallic nail polishes
    • nail foil of your choice
    • nail studs, charms or embellishments of your choice
    SLIDE 1 OF 6
  • Step 1:

    Paint all nails with 2-3 coats of an orange color and allow to fully dry. You could use crème or metallic finishes, both work well, and don’t worry if the finish isn’t perfect at this stage, as you’ll be covering it with other layers.

    SLIDE 2 OF 6
  • Step 2:

    One nail at a time, paint on a coat of grey. While the polish is still wet, use a scrunched-up piece of plastic bag to remove some of the polish in an irregular pattern.

    SLIDE 3 OF 6
  • Step 3:

    Using the other metallic polishes, dab a little of each color onto the nail, one by one, and repeat the plastic bag process. Here I used gold and copper.

    SLIDE 4 OF 6
  • Step 4:

    Now it’s time for the nail foil. Using a similar technique as step 3, dab a little of the foil adhesive in an irregular pattern onto each nail. You may wish to blot the adhesive lightly with your fingertip while it is still wet, so that not too much of the foil comes off and covers the rest of your design. On the other hand, you could leave it for a shinier effect; the choice is yours! When the adhesive is almost dry, lay the foil over the nail and pull off quickly. The idea is to leave small streaks and chunks of foil on each nail to achieve a distressed, weathered effect.

    SLIDE 5 OF 6
  • Step 5:

    Finish off with some embellishments to add to the heavy metal effect. I chose a silver rhinestone and circular mini-frame, but the possibilities here are endless. Fix the embellishments using a dab of top coat or nail glue, and seal with a layer of top coat. Use a cotton bud soaked in acetone to clean up any traces of nail varnish from the cuticle and you’re ready to go!
       
    Note: Quick drying top coats such as Seche Vite tend to take the holographic effect out of nail foils, so if you want to keep that effect, its best to use a different top coat. However in this case, it may add to the grungy, rusty effect we’re going for, so experiment away!

    Find Nana Nails on Instagram @nananailart

    SLIDE 6 OF 6
  • You will need:

    • Orange nail polish
    • Metallic grey nail polish
    • Silver, gold, or copper coloured metallic nail polishes
    • nail foil of your choice
    • nail studs, charms or embellishments of your choice
  • Step 1:

    Paint all nails with 2-3 coats of an orange color and allow to fully dry. You could use crème or metallic finishes, both work well, and don’t worry if the finish isn’t perfect at this stage, as you’ll be covering it with other layers.

  • Step 2:

    One nail at a time, paint on a coat of grey. While the polish is still wet, use a scrunched-up piece of plastic bag to remove some of the polish in an irregular pattern.

  • Step 3:

    Using the other metallic polishes, dab a little of each color onto the nail, one by one, and repeat the plastic bag process. Here I used gold and copper.

  • Step 4:

    Now it’s time for the nail foil. Using a similar technique as step 3, dab a little of the foil adhesive in an irregular pattern onto each nail. You may wish to blot the adhesive lightly with your fingertip while it is still wet, so that not too much of the foil comes off and covers the rest of your design. On the other hand, you could leave it for a shinier effect; the choice is yours! When the adhesive is almost dry, lay the foil over the nail and pull off quickly. The idea is to leave small streaks and chunks of foil on each nail to achieve a distressed, weathered effect.

  • Step 5:

    Finish off with some embellishments to add to the heavy metal effect. I chose a silver rhinestone and circular mini-frame, but the possibilities here are endless. Fix the embellishments using a dab of top coat or nail glue, and seal with a layer of top coat. Use a cotton bud soaked in acetone to clean up any traces of nail varnish from the cuticle and you’re ready to go!
       
    Note: Quick drying top coats such as Seche Vite tend to take the holographic effect out of nail foils, so if you want to keep that effect, its best to use a different top coat. However in this case, it may add to the grungy, rusty effect we’re going for, so experiment away!

    Find Nana Nails on Instagram @nananailart

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