Spotty Spring Nails | Tutorial for beginners
Sorry for being so quite lately, I'm experiencing a rather nasty flu and I'm still not back to my normal health! I hope you're all fine and happy :)
Easter is just around the corner so it's about time to show you some Spring and Easter-themed nails, right? Well, I have partnered up with JustMyLook.co.uk to bring you two nail art tutorials - one for beginners and the other for advanced nail artists. Today I'll be sharing the beginner tutorial.
The idea was to show you a very easy nail art that anyone could recreate with no nail art tools or tools easily available at home. I've decided to do a splatter manicure in spring colours with a cute little daisy flower on an accent nail. Let's have a look at the final design and how to recreate this playful look:
Step 1 – Apply a base coat on clean, dry nails and let it dry for couple of minutes. I’m using OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
Step 2 – Apply first coat of colour and alternate shades on thumb and ring fingers to create accent nails. I’m using OPI Pink-Ing Of You and OPI You're Such A Budapest.
Step 3 – Apply second coat of nail polish.
Optional: if you have a liquid latex barrier, apply it around your nails and on fingers for easy clean up
Step 4 – Mix a drop of blue acrylic paint with a bit of water. It doesn't really matter which brand of acrylic paint you use, just make sure you mix the water and paint properly.
Here I'm using Bliss Kiss Simply Neat Miracle Mat that has these 'Create & Contain Circles' ideal for mixing paints and liquids. If you don't have this mat you can mix your paint and water in a cup, dish, bowl, dappen dish, lid etc.
Step 5 – Dip a toothbrush into the watered-down acrylic paint and saturate the bristles
Step 6 – Hold the toothbrush above your nails and flick the bristles with you thumb. This should spray small drops of paint on the nails. Repeat as many times as you need until you're happy with the amount of paint drops
Step 7 – Repeat steps 4-6 with purple acrylic paint
Step 7 – Repeat steps 4-6 with white acrylic paints until you’re happy with the colour splashes
Step 8 – Apply a coat of topcoat. I'm using OPI Top Coat. This step is somewhat optional. You can proceed to step 10 if you want to add the daisy flower or you can apply topcoat and finish with the design now.
Step 9 – Clean your skin with cotton pad and cotton buds moistened with water. Alternatively, wait till your manicure is completely dry (give it at least 1 hour) and then gently wash off the acrylic paint with soap and water
Step 10 – If you want to add an accent flower, paint five dots in a circle with white nail polish. I’m using OPI Alpine Snow. To create perfect dots without a dotting tool, use a bobby pin or a pin with round head stuck in a pencil
Step 11 – Fill in the space in the middle of the flower with another white dot. Let it dry for few minutes
Step 12 – Add a yellow dot to the centre of the flower. I’ve used OPI The It Colour. Apply final coat of topcoat to seal the design. I’m using OPI Top Coat.
What do you think? Pretty easy to do, eh? The mess might look like a lot but don't let that stop you. You can easily protect your skin with latex barrier like Bliss Kiss Simply Peel or Bundle Monster Poli-Peel or you can easily wash off the splatter later with warm water and soap.
All the nail polishes I've used are available at JustMyLook.co.uk and the rest around your house ;) If you recreate this look, don't forget to tag me, I'd love to see your creations!
Have a lovely day! Lucie x