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Nail Art How To: Gray Matte Hearts

Nail Art How To: Gray Matte Hearts

10.14.13

By niwp_admin
  • INTRODUCTION

    When you top a fresh white OPI Alpine Snow mani with gray acrylic paints and Essie Matte About You, the finished effect is a smooth heart that looks like the pencil doodles we innocently covered our pages with in middle school. In fact, that same feeling of naive infatuation fills us when we look at these! A Nail It!tutorial spoiler: the light gray centers of the hearts are achieved by watering down the paint in the center of the shape. But the design's creator, Angelique of Meisie's Nails, shares the full step-by-step tutorial for replicating these nails; just click through and see.

    SLIDE 1 OF 10
  • TOOLS

    Supplies Needed:

    OPI Alpine Snow (white)
    Essie Matte About You (matte top coat)
    Watercolor paint in gray (Or black and white mixed together, if you don't have gray)
    Nail art brush

    SLIDE 2 OF 10
  • STEP 1

    Paint your nails with OPI Alpine Snow.

    SLIDE 3 OF 10
  • STEP 2

    Apply a matte top coat to your nails. This step is optional, but it is much easier to work on a matte surface. 

    SLIDE 4 OF 10
  • STEP 3

    Using the gray paint, outline a heart on your nail. Your heart doesn't have to be perfect. 

    SLIDE 5 OF 10
  • STEP 4

    Fill the heart with the gray paint.

    SLIDE 6 OF 10
  • STEP 5

    Dip your brush in water and add a blob of water to the center of your heart. Then spread the paint all over your heart with the help of your brush. This will water down the paint and create a smokey/watercolor look. 

    SLIDE 7 OF 10
  • STEP 6

    Wipe the excess paint/water from you brush. Then use your brush to suck out the excess water/paint from your heart. Dry your brush each time and repeat the process of sucking out the excess water from your heart. If you think your heart is too dark, repeat step five and six until you have your desired shade of gray.

    SLIDE 8 OF 10
  • STEP 7

    Paint several hearts in different sizes on all your nails following the previous steps. It's best to paint one heart at a time, otherwise the paint will dry and you won't be able to create the smokey/watercolor effect.

    SLIDE 9 OF 10
  • STEP 8

    Let them dry, then apply a matte top coat to seal in your design. Done!

    Check out the Meisie's Nails blog: www.MeisiesNails.com
    See Angelique's nail art on Instagram: @MeisiesNails

    [Courtesy of Angelique W.]

    SLIDE 10 OF 10
  • INTRODUCTION

    When you top a fresh white OPI Alpine Snow mani with gray acrylic paints and Essie Matte About You, the finished effect is a smooth heart that looks like the pencil doodles we innocently covered our pages with in middle school. In fact, that same feeling of naive infatuation fills us when we look at these! A Nail It!tutorial spoiler: the light gray centers of the hearts are achieved by watering down the paint in the center of the shape. But the design's creator, Angelique of Meisie's Nails, shares the full step-by-step tutorial for replicating these nails; just click through and see.

  • TOOLS

    Supplies Needed:

    OPI Alpine Snow (white)
    Essie Matte About You (matte top coat)
    Watercolor paint in gray (Or black and white mixed together, if you don't have gray)
    Nail art brush

  • STEP 1

    Paint your nails with OPI Alpine Snow.

  • STEP 2

    Apply a matte top coat to your nails. This step is optional, but it is much easier to work on a matte surface. 

  • STEP 3

    Using the gray paint, outline a heart on your nail. Your heart doesn't have to be perfect. 

  • STEP 4

    Fill the heart with the gray paint.

  • STEP 5

    Dip your brush in water and add a blob of water to the center of your heart. Then spread the paint all over your heart with the help of your brush. This will water down the paint and create a smokey/watercolor look. 

  • STEP 6

    Wipe the excess paint/water from you brush. Then use your brush to suck out the excess water/paint from your heart. Dry your brush each time and repeat the process of sucking out the excess water from your heart. If you think your heart is too dark, repeat step five and six until you have your desired shade of gray.

  • STEP 7

    Paint several hearts in different sizes on all your nails following the previous steps. It's best to paint one heart at a time, otherwise the paint will dry and you won't be able to create the smokey/watercolor effect.

  • STEP 8

    Let them dry, then apply a matte top coat to seal in your design. Done!

    Check out the Meisie's Nails blog: www.MeisiesNails.com
    See Angelique's nail art on Instagram: @MeisiesNails

    [Courtesy of Angelique W.]

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