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Nail Art Tutorial: Metallic Leaves

Nail Art Tutorial: Metallic Leaves

11.25.13

By James

Metallic is in! Lisa Bailey of Nail Art 101 shows you what unique designs you can create when you put your favorite shimmery shades together!

  • Supplies needed:

     

     

    SLIDE 1 OF 8
  • Step 1:

    Apply thick blobs of polish randomly all over your nail. Make sure it's a generous amount, and don't worry too much about your cuticles. We'll clean up later! For this technique you should work on one nail at a time, or the polish will dry too much. 

    SLIDE 2 OF 8
  • Step 2:

    Use a dotting tool (a thin brush or toothpick would also work) to swirl the polish around and create a marble effect. Be wary of swirling too much or it will all mix into one muddy color! 

    SLIDE 3 OF 8
  • Step 3:

    Once all nails are dry (you can use a fast drying top coat like Seche Vite to speed this up, but be careful not to smear!), paint a thin black line down the center or your nail using a long, thin nail art brush. 

    SLIDE 4 OF 8
  • Step 4:

    Create a row of chevron shapes extending from the center line. Pay attention to the angle of your lines. They should run parallel to each other. 

    SLIDE 5 OF 8
  • Step 5:

    Carefully paint a black outline around your entire nail using your long, thin brush. This will help the design look "finished" and hide any mistakes you might have made.  Start with a thin line at first. You can always make it thicker later, but it's hard to go back! 

    SLIDE 6 OF 8
  • Step 6:

    Use a larger angle brush dipped in acetone to clean up any polish on the skin. I like to do my top coat before I clean up to protect my design from accidentally getting brushed away. Acetone is very hard on your skin, so always use cuticle oil or moisturizer after. 

    SLIDE 7 OF 8
  • Step 7:

    Add another layer of top coat if you want and go show off your pretty jewel nails! 


    See Nail Art 101: Nail-Art-101.com
    Like on Facebook: facebook.com/nailart101
    Follow on Twitter: @nailart101
    Subscribe via Youtube: youtube.com/user/nailart101dotcom

    [Courtesy of Lisa Bailey] 

    SLIDE 8 OF 8
  • Supplies needed:

     

     

  • Step 1:

    Apply thick blobs of polish randomly all over your nail. Make sure it's a generous amount, and don't worry too much about your cuticles. We'll clean up later! For this technique you should work on one nail at a time, or the polish will dry too much. 

  • Step 2:

    Use a dotting tool (a thin brush or toothpick would also work) to swirl the polish around and create a marble effect. Be wary of swirling too much or it will all mix into one muddy color! 

  • Step 3:

    Once all nails are dry (you can use a fast drying top coat like Seche Vite to speed this up, but be careful not to smear!), paint a thin black line down the center or your nail using a long, thin nail art brush. 

  • Step 4:

    Create a row of chevron shapes extending from the center line. Pay attention to the angle of your lines. They should run parallel to each other. 

  • Step 5:

    Carefully paint a black outline around your entire nail using your long, thin brush. This will help the design look "finished" and hide any mistakes you might have made.  Start with a thin line at first. You can always make it thicker later, but it's hard to go back! 

  • Step 6:

    Use a larger angle brush dipped in acetone to clean up any polish on the skin. I like to do my top coat before I clean up to protect my design from accidentally getting brushed away. Acetone is very hard on your skin, so always use cuticle oil or moisturizer after. 

  • Step 7:

    Add another layer of top coat if you want and go show off your pretty jewel nails! 


    See Nail Art 101: Nail-Art-101.com
    Like on Facebook: facebook.com/nailart101
    Follow on Twitter: @nailart101
    Subscribe via Youtube: youtube.com/user/nailart101dotcom

    [Courtesy of Lisa Bailey] 

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