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Nail Art How To: Teal Art Nouveau Nails

Nail Art How To: Teal Art Nouveau Nails

09.05.13

By niwp_admin

Take your nail designs to a new level this fall with Chrissy’s Teal Art Nouveau Nails! She used a combination of polishes and acrylic paints, which dry faster than polish when exposed to air, to do this very detailed pattern based on a fabric swatch. When broken down into simple steps, these seemingly complex nails are actually pretty doable. Try it out on your whole hand, or do a sample on an accent nail. Click through to see the paints Chrissy used and full the step-by-step.

Prepare your colors:


In your paint palette, mix two drops of Hauser Light Green with one drop Vineyard Green, add a drop of water, and mix.

For you deep teal, take a bit of your green mixture and add a tiny bit of Ultra Deep Blue and a small bit of Indian Turquoise and mix together until you are happy with a nice, deep teal color. Then add a drop of water and mix.

In another spot on the palette, mix a drop of Ultra Deep Blue and a drop of Indian Turquoise with a drop of water.

In another section of your palette, take a tiny bit of your deep teal mixture and a small drop of the Indian Turquoise and mix until you have a light teal mixture.

In one more section on your palette, put a small drop of Ultra Deep Blue.

Finally in a separate section on the palette, put a drop of pure Metallic Inca Gold.

  • SUPPLIES NEEDED

    • Brucci Sheri's Pistachio Creme
    • Water
    • Small nail art brush size 5/0
    • Small square head brush
    • Acetone
    • Seche Vite Top Coat
    • Paint Palette
    • Americana acrylic paints: Hauser Light Green, Indian Turquoise, Ultra Deep Blue
    • Apple Barrel Vineyard Green acrylic paint
    • Folk Art Metallic Inca Gold acrylic paint
    SLIDE 1 OF 13
  • STEP 1

    Paint your nails with two coats of Brucci Sheri's Pistachio Crème and let fully dry.

    SLIDE 2 OF 13
  • STEP 2

    With your green paint mixture, paint two crescent shapes on your nails. Do one on the upper section, near the cuticle line curving the line north. Paint the other crescent shape down near the tip of your nail, curving it south.

    SLIDE 3 OF 13
  • STEP 3

    Paint two vertical lines in the center of each crescent and then extend each line toward the center of your nail. Paint two horizontal lines in the middle of your nail extending them toward the center.

    SLIDE 4 OF 13
  • STEP 4

    Connect the horizontal and vertical lines with a curved crescent shape. You should have an open diamond shape in the dead center of your nail when you are done connecting them.

    SLIDE 5 OF 13
  • STEP 5

    Paint crescent shapes from the horizontal lines to your original top crescent shaped line and from the horizontal line to the crescent shape near the tip of the nail.

    SLIDE 6 OF 13
  • STEP 6

    Now you have four oval shapes surrounding the center of your nail. Fill these in with your deep teal paint mixture. Note: if you only paint one coat, it will have a transparent, almost stained glass finish. Giving your nails two coats gives this deep fall look.

    SLIDE 7 OF 13
  • STEP 7

    While that dries, rinse your paintbrush and go back to the green mixture: paint two vertical lines on either side of your main vertical line on the top and tip of the manicure. Rinse your brush again.

    SLIDE 8 OF 13
  • STEP 8

    Paint the negative space in your center diamond the light teal color and let dry. Rinse your brush. Take the medium vibrant blue mixture (the Ultra Deep Blue and Indian Turquoise), and paint the negative spaces on the outer edges of the deep teal ovals to frame the design. Let dry. Rinse brush.

    SLIDE 9 OF 13
  • STEP 9

    With pure Ultra Deep Blue, paint a very small diamond shape in the dead center of your light teal diamond. Leave enough space surrounding it so that the light teal background shows through. Let dry. Rinse brush. Touch up any of the green lines that need it and let them dry.

    SLIDE 10 OF 13
  • STEP 10

    With Metallic Inca Gold, outline the deep blue center diamond. Spacing them apart equally, put little tiny dots of the gold paint through all the green lines.

    SLIDE 11 OF 13
  • STEP 11

    Let dry fully and then top coat with Seche Vite. Clean edges of mani with the small flat head brush and acetone for a clean crisp look. Done!

    SLIDE 12 OF 13
  • MORE TUTORIALS

    Want more of Chrissy's tutorials? Check out her Japanese Flower Vase Nails.


    See more of Chrissy's nail art on her tumblr: chrissynailart.tumblr.com
    Follow Chrissy on Instagram: @chrissynailart

    [Courtesy of Chrissy August]

    SLIDE 13 OF 13
  • SUPPLIES NEEDED

    • Brucci Sheri's Pistachio Creme
    • Water
    • Small nail art brush size 5/0
    • Small square head brush
    • Acetone
    • Seche Vite Top Coat
    • Paint Palette
    • Americana acrylic paints: Hauser Light Green, Indian Turquoise, Ultra Deep Blue
    • Apple Barrel Vineyard Green acrylic paint
    • Folk Art Metallic Inca Gold acrylic paint
  • STEP 1

    Paint your nails with two coats of Brucci Sheri's Pistachio Crème and let fully dry.

  • STEP 2

    With your green paint mixture, paint two crescent shapes on your nails. Do one on the upper section, near the cuticle line curving the line north. Paint the other crescent shape down near the tip of your nail, curving it south.

  • STEP 3

    Paint two vertical lines in the center of each crescent and then extend each line toward the center of your nail. Paint two horizontal lines in the middle of your nail extending them toward the center.

  • STEP 4

    Connect the horizontal and vertical lines with a curved crescent shape. You should have an open diamond shape in the dead center of your nail when you are done connecting them.

  • STEP 5

    Paint crescent shapes from the horizontal lines to your original top crescent shaped line and from the horizontal line to the crescent shape near the tip of the nail.

  • STEP 6

    Now you have four oval shapes surrounding the center of your nail. Fill these in with your deep teal paint mixture. Note: if you only paint one coat, it will have a transparent, almost stained glass finish. Giving your nails two coats gives this deep fall look.

  • STEP 7

    While that dries, rinse your paintbrush and go back to the green mixture: paint two vertical lines on either side of your main vertical line on the top and tip of the manicure. Rinse your brush again.

  • STEP 8

    Paint the negative space in your center diamond the light teal color and let dry. Rinse your brush. Take the medium vibrant blue mixture (the Ultra Deep Blue and Indian Turquoise), and paint the negative spaces on the outer edges of the deep teal ovals to frame the design. Let dry. Rinse brush.

  • STEP 9

    With pure Ultra Deep Blue, paint a very small diamond shape in the dead center of your light teal diamond. Leave enough space surrounding it so that the light teal background shows through. Let dry. Rinse brush. Touch up any of the green lines that need it and let them dry.

  • STEP 10

    With Metallic Inca Gold, outline the deep blue center diamond. Spacing them apart equally, put little tiny dots of the gold paint through all the green lines.

  • STEP 11

    Let dry fully and then top coat with Seche Vite. Clean edges of mani with the small flat head brush and acetone for a clean crisp look. Done!

  • MORE TUTORIALS

    Want more of Chrissy's tutorials? Check out her Japanese Flower Vase Nails.


    See more of Chrissy's nail art on her tumblr: chrissynailart.tumblr.com
    Follow Chrissy on Instagram: @chrissynailart

    [Courtesy of Chrissy August]

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