Friday, August 30, 2013

Rainbow drip nail art (with tutorial, kind of)

Hey everyone! Today I have a super fun nail design that was inspired by Karla. I saw her drippy nails and decided to do my spin on it this week.

Taken indoors at my poorly lit table where I do my nails :P
Here's a picture of the colors I used - only the dots; the swatches were done a while ago. From red to purple:
  • China Glaze - Salsa
  • A random orange polish
  • Orly - Glowstick
  • Sally Hansen - Lickety Lime Split
  • Essie - Naughty Nautical
  • Orly - Snowcone
  • The Face Shop - BL602
  • Orly - Charged Up
How I did these nails (I did them a little differently from Karla):
  1. Use a base coat (please, it's important to use a base coat if you want to protect your nails from ugly staining)
  2. Paint two coats of white polish; I used China Glaze - White on White.
  3. Put a blob of polish (you might be thinking, what a waste and yes, it is kind of a waste) on a piece of scrap paper/hard paper/cardboard/whatever you want to put it on.
  4. Use a dotting tool/toothpick/end of a pen/end of a skewer/whatever qualifies as a dotting tool and create a random dot on your nail.
  5. If there isn't enough polish on your dotting tool, dip it into the main blob and create a downwards line from the small dot. You don't have to drag it all the way down to the tip of your nail. Now you have a 'spore' (think enoki mushrooms).
  6. Make another 'spore' beside your first spore at a different height.
  7. Connect the two spores at the base, making sure to make a U-shape connector and fill in the polish at the tip of the nail.
  8. Make however many spores your nail can fill and finish with top coat.
Here is my, um, attempt at showing you how it's actually done on the nail... using Paint. Haha, I'm sorry, I should have done a step-by-step like Karla did.

(My sister claims that my tutorial is cool... Well... if you say so, haha!)
Taken in indirect sunlight

Taken under sunlight

Taken with flash
You can't see Glowstick because Orly wasn't lying when they labeled it as neon. It's blinding. I'm sorry for the terrible flash pictures. I need to build myself a light box stat!

Taken indoors under yellow lighting

I've always wanted to do these nails but some other design would always distract me and steer me away from doing this. So glad I saw this on Karla's blog.

How do you like my drippy nails?? Ever done them yourself? What color combos did you use? Would you try this? Inspired to do this for Halloween?

Thanks, as always, for reading! :)

25 comments:

  1. Love your post, great nail tutorial. Gonna pin ya:)

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    1. Hi there! Thanks so much for your lovely comment and Pin. xx

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  2. Don't think my last comment posted, so I love these nails! Great job :)

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    1. Your comment did appear :B - Blogger can be a pain when it comes to commenting without a Google ID.
      Thank you so much for dropping by and commenting! xx

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  3. This is so cute! I've been really inspired to try out nail art lately, maybe I'll have to try this one!

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    1. Hi Megan, thanks so much, I hope you give this a try. I'd love to see how they turn out. :) xx

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  4. Hi, I love manicures and doing me own nails as well too! Nail art is not easy and can be hard when you are doing your own nails. You do are really nice job. I am now following you too with bloglovin and thanks for your sweet comment on the broccoli tart that I made from the life on lakeshore drive link party. Have a great weekend.
    Julie from juliesilfestyle.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Julie! Thanks for your lovely comment and for following me! DIY manicures are the best ;)

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  5. So adorable! I will certainly have to try this- I'm all about the paint dripping look. Love it!
    (new follower here)
    Morgaine from Madcap Frenzy
    P.S. I would also like to invite you to join my August Totally Tuesday Link Party:
    http://madcapfrenzy.blogspot.com/2013/08/august-totally-tuesday-link-party.html
    Hugs!

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    1. Hi Morgaine! Thanks so much :)) I'm heading right over. xx

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  6. Super cute!! Thanks for stopping by my Diana Rambles blog!

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    1. Hi Diana, thanks so much for dropping by ! xx

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  7. Great tutorial. I don't have a steady hand, but I might be able to do this.

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    1. Hi Kim! Ahah thanks, hopefully I'll remember to do a better step-by-step tutorial. I hope you try this out - I would love to see your version of it. xx

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  8. Cute! I like how you used 2 colors of drippy paint on each nail. cute! Thanks for sharing at Submarine Sunday!

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    1. Thank you for commenting! I'm glad you like my spin on these drippy nails :)

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  9. These are so fun!!! I love that you made yours colorful! They look so pretty. Thanks so much for sharing this at "That's My Style" Link Party!!! You made my day. I do hope you'll join in again. I can't wait to see what you have to share this week. :)

    Karla @ www.MySerendipitousLife.com

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    1. Hey Karla - thanks for the inspiration! I'm glad you like them. :) xx

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  10. This is so cool and colorful!!! Awesome job!

    Bailey

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