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Watercolour Nails Tutorial

Remember my first attempt at watercolour nails? It turned out more like speckled nails since the methylated spirits didn’t quite agree with the polish formula. So now that I got the acetone, here is my second attempt at watercolour nails with a tutorial in case you want to try this out for yourself. 



Since it’s really sunny out here lately or summertime in other parts of the world, I choose to use bright vibrant colours. For this design you will need: 
1. Opaque white polish: I used China Glaze White on White
2. Top coat: I used Seche Vite Dry Fast and China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat
3. Bright pink polish: I used China Glaze Flirty Tankini(From the summer neon collection)
4. Bright orange polish: I used China Glaze Orange You Hot? (Summer neon collection)
5. Bright blue polish: I used Jordana Sapphire
6. Paper towels
7. Nail brush
8. Acetone

Step 1: Start off with a base coat if you like and then one coat of your opaque white polish. The white forms your base. Seal off the white base with a top coat. I used Seche Vite since its quick drying. Make sure you use the top coat after the white since this will prevent the acetone from affecting the white and causing bald spots.

Step 2: Taking your bright pink polish, apply a few small drops onto one nail. If you use too much, transfer some onto the next nail. You want to work on one nail at a time though. 

Step 3: Working quickly, dip your brush (I used an ELF eyeliner brush) into the acetone. Tap off the excess onto the paper towel. Tap the pink colour lightly with the acetone bearing brush. Move the colour around a bit. The acetone will diffuse the colour.

Step 4: Repeat step 3 using the bright orange colour. You may go over the pink but try to get the orange as well on any white spaces. The overlap of the orange and pink will appear as another colour. 

Step 5: Repeat the process again using the bright blue colour. This gives the more watercolour effect. You can also see bits of green appearing where the blue overlaps with the pink and orange.  

Step 6: For a long lasting manicure, seal off your design with a top coat. I used China Glaze Fast Forward top coat. 
With soft flash
In sunlight
In sunlight
This was really a fun manicure. The acetone evaporates rather quickly so the drying time between the colours is very small. It took me about 30 minutes to complete this one though. Any watercolours for you?
Happy Watercolouring!
XOXO
Naomi

Comments

  1. wow they came out sooo pretty!! I love it! Great job!

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    1. Thanks Chantel! I appreciate your support alot!

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  2. It sorta looks like your blog colours, nicely done:)

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    1. Oh my, now that you mention it, i see what you mean! didnt even realize that! thanks for mentioning!!!!

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  3. They came out so pretty.

    http://www.mzprettyparis1.blogspot.com

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  4. I love this! Its gorgeous. I must try this asap :)

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    1. Thanks! Oh and I want to see your design on your blog of course!!!!!!

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  5. Oh I love this Naomi! I haven't done watercolor type nails this way at all. Thanks for posting a tutorial on it. Gotta try doing this one day!

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    1. Sure! It was pretty simple to do and I had some time on my hands. I'm trying to do some more manicure with tutorials to may it a bit easier for my readers! glad you stopped by!

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  6. Oooo...soooo pretty! Love this effect! Great tutorial Naomi! :)

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    1. Thanks Chelsea! I'm trying to do more tutorials once i have the time

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  7. You can really appreciate the difference the acetone makes,it looks very pretty:)

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    1. Oh yes, i'm gping to try some more, maybe a green and orange look!

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  8. Great tutorial and lovely mani! I like the colours you choose. I'm really surprised by how soft and pretty they ended up being!

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    1. Yeah i see what you mean for such bright neon colours, they sure came out soft, washed out by the acetone!

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  9. This looks beautiful, I love it!

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  10. Beautiful! The colours look so soft thanks to the acetone!

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  11. Wow your nails look amazing! Great job girly!
    Brand new follower over here :-)

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