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Nail Art How To: The Splatter Effect

Nail Art How To: The Splatter Effect

10.24.13

By James

Even if you don’t have the patience to sit and paint tiny pictures on each nail (or at least not today…or tomorrow…), you can still have unique nail art! Leah of Color Happy Nails shows us exactly how to do that with just two colors and a straw. If you’re feeling like trying your hand at some modern art, prepare your ten tiny canvasses and then follow this step-by-step Leah has shared.

  • Supplies Needed:

     

    • Two polishes in contrasting colors. Laura used China Glaze Brownstone and Zoya Blu. Ideally, you want a color that covers well in one or two coats for the accent color.
    • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
    • Tape
    • Paper plate
    • Plastic drinking straw
    • Acetone and a flat makeup brush for cleanup

     

    SLIDE 1 OF 6
  • Step 1:

    Paint all nails in your base color and allow to dry completely.  Use a fast-dry topcoat like Seche Vite to speed up this step.

    SLIDE 2 OF 6
  • Step 2:

    Place tape vertically over about two thirds of each nail and paint the untaped portion with your accent color. Remove tape.

    SLIDE 3 OF 6
  • Step 3:

    Put a few drops of your accent color on a paper plate and dip the straw in the polish. There should be a thin film of polish over the end of the straw.

    SLIDE 4 OF 6
  • Step 4:

    Blow through the straw onto each nail, redipping it in the polish each time. You may want to do a few practice runs on the paper plate to get a feel for how close to your nail you should be and how hard to blow.

    SLIDE 5 OF 6
  • Step 5:

    Clean up any stray splatters with a brush dipped in acetone, then apply top coat.

    See the Color Happy Nails blog: http://colorhappynails.blogspot.com/
    Like Color Happy Nails on Facebook: Facebook.com/ColorHappyNails.
    Follow her on Pinterest: pinterest.com/colorhappynails/.

    [Courtesy of Leah Huberty of Color Happy Nails]

    SLIDE 6 OF 6
  • Supplies Needed:

     

    • Two polishes in contrasting colors. Laura used China Glaze Brownstone and Zoya Blu. Ideally, you want a color that covers well in one or two coats for the accent color.
    • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
    • Tape
    • Paper plate
    • Plastic drinking straw
    • Acetone and a flat makeup brush for cleanup

     

  • Step 1:

    Paint all nails in your base color and allow to dry completely.  Use a fast-dry topcoat like Seche Vite to speed up this step.

  • Step 2:

    Place tape vertically over about two thirds of each nail and paint the untaped portion with your accent color. Remove tape.

  • Step 3:

    Put a few drops of your accent color on a paper plate and dip the straw in the polish. There should be a thin film of polish over the end of the straw.

  • Step 4:

    Blow through the straw onto each nail, redipping it in the polish each time. You may want to do a few practice runs on the paper plate to get a feel for how close to your nail you should be and how hard to blow.

  • Step 5:

    Clean up any stray splatters with a brush dipped in acetone, then apply top coat.

    See the Color Happy Nails blog: http://colorhappynails.blogspot.com/
    Like Color Happy Nails on Facebook: Facebook.com/ColorHappyNails.
    Follow her on Pinterest: pinterest.com/colorhappynails/.

    [Courtesy of Leah Huberty of Color Happy Nails]

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