Here's a quick and easy tutorial using a bright red base colour and nail stripper polishes to create a light and feathery carnival nail art.
Step 1: Apply your base coat to protect your nails from staining. Red polishes usually stain the nail bed. After base coat, apply two coats of a orange based red colour. I'm using Bend Over Backwards from the China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil collection 2012.
Step 2: Using a gold polish stripped apply half moons at the nail tips and a diamond shape for your accent nail. I'm using Jordana Pop Art in Golden Artist.
Step 3: Using gentle strokes and a cobalt blue nail stripper, create small strokes radiating out from the top of the half moons and all around your diamond shape for the accent nail. I'm using L.A colors Art Deco in Sapphire.
Step 4: Repeat with a pink stripper. I'm using L.A.Colors Art Deco in Rose.
Note: It's up to you how many color strippers you use to create your headpiece designs. Choose colour from your costume to match.
Step 5: Repeat with a black stripper. I'm using Jordana Pop Art in Black Mark. The black bring some depth to the fan shaped inspired headpiece design.
Step 6: Add a top coat to seal in your design and add that shine!
Happy Carnival Costumes!