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Nail Art How To: Psychedelic Circle Nails

Nail Art How To: Psychedelic Circle Nails

08.06.13

By niwp_admin

We’re already getting dizzy at the sight of this talent! Chrissy August has already shown off her many detailed nail designs on her tumblr. She was even recently featured on MTV Style’s site for her killer Shark Week Nails. Now she has graced us with her inside look on the creation of these Psychedelic Circles! Use a wide variety of paints like she did, or stick to a monochrome palette of varying shades for an entirely different effect!

  • SUPPLIES

    • Paint palette (coffee can lid)
    • An array of acrylic paint colors, and black and white
    • A tiny paint brush (the one used here is a trimmed down 000)
    • Pure white nail polish
    • Matte nail polish
    • Seche Vite topcoat
    • Small square head paint brush
    • Pure acetone
    SLIDE 1 OF 8
  • STEP 1

    Paint your nails with two coats of white nail polish and let dry.

    Topcoat with a matte topcoat and let dry fully. This allows for the acrylic paints to grab the nail better.

    Get your paint palette ready with an array of acrylic paint colors that you love. You will also need a black and a white.

    SLIDE 2 OF 8
  • STEP 2

    With your very tiny paint brush. The one used here is a trimmed down, inexpensive 000 size. Start at the base of your nail near the cuticle and paint a small 3/4 or half circle. Working outward, like a rainbow would, paint 3 or 4 more layers of different colors that you think will look pretty together within the circle's parameters. Note: make the layers different thicknesses, some thin, some thicker.

    SLIDE 3 OF 8
  • STEP 3

    Outline this first circle in a bold even black outer line. Repeat this step along the cuticles edge with a different selection of colors. About 4 or 5 layers deep. You can also include black and white in your circle layers of color. Including these here and there really make the end result pop.

    SLIDE 4 OF 8
  • STEP 4

    Repeat Step 4 slightly overlapping your circle families like scales of a fish. You will literally be painting over some small parts of what you've already painted so don't let this bother you. Do this until the whole nail is covered.

    SLIDE 5 OF 8
  • STEP 5

    When this is done go over the entire nail shoring up the black outlines so that you have a clean, tight overall effect. This will also help cover any imperfections.

    SLIDE 6 OF 8
  • STEP 6

     When your paints are dry, (which is almost immediately) top coat with Seche Vite making sure you give your nail tip an extra thick swipe as that part takes most of the wear and this will give your design extra protection.

    SLIDE 7 OF 8
  • STEP 7

    Take a small square tipped brush dipped in pure acetone and clean around the entire outer edge of your nail for cleanup. Done!

    See more nail art on Chrissy's Tumblr: chrissynailart.tumblr.com
    And on Instagram: @chrissynailart

    [Courtesy of Chrissy August]

    SLIDE 8 OF 8
  • SUPPLIES

    • Paint palette (coffee can lid)
    • An array of acrylic paint colors, and black and white
    • A tiny paint brush (the one used here is a trimmed down 000)
    • Pure white nail polish
    • Matte nail polish
    • Seche Vite topcoat
    • Small square head paint brush
    • Pure acetone
  • STEP 1

    Paint your nails with two coats of white nail polish and let dry.

    Topcoat with a matte topcoat and let dry fully. This allows for the acrylic paints to grab the nail better.

    Get your paint palette ready with an array of acrylic paint colors that you love. You will also need a black and a white.

  • STEP 2

    With your very tiny paint brush. The one used here is a trimmed down, inexpensive 000 size. Start at the base of your nail near the cuticle and paint a small 3/4 or half circle. Working outward, like a rainbow would, paint 3 or 4 more layers of different colors that you think will look pretty together within the circle's parameters. Note: make the layers different thicknesses, some thin, some thicker.

  • STEP 3

    Outline this first circle in a bold even black outer line. Repeat this step along the cuticles edge with a different selection of colors. About 4 or 5 layers deep. You can also include black and white in your circle layers of color. Including these here and there really make the end result pop.

  • STEP 4

    Repeat Step 4 slightly overlapping your circle families like scales of a fish. You will literally be painting over some small parts of what you've already painted so don't let this bother you. Do this until the whole nail is covered.

  • STEP 5

    When this is done go over the entire nail shoring up the black outlines so that you have a clean, tight overall effect. This will also help cover any imperfections.

  • STEP 6

     When your paints are dry, (which is almost immediately) top coat with Seche Vite making sure you give your nail tip an extra thick swipe as that part takes most of the wear and this will give your design extra protection.

  • STEP 7

    Take a small square tipped brush dipped in pure acetone and clean around the entire outer edge of your nail for cleanup. Done!

    See more nail art on Chrissy's Tumblr: chrissynailart.tumblr.com
    And on Instagram: @chrissynailart

    [Courtesy of Chrissy August]

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