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Spring Watercolor Nail Art

By beautopia · April 6, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

The new watercolor trend is so pretty, and I wanted to give it a try since the weather is becoming so beautiful in my region right now. The basic technique is to paint the nails a base color, and then with several colors one after the other you dot a small amount on the nail and sort of blot it out with a larger brush with a little acetone in it. The beauty of this technique is that the less "perfect" it is, the better, so the expertise level on this would probably be at "Novice." I think there are videos on how to do this on YouTube, so search for "Watercolor Nails" and you should find something. The only trick is to use *just* the right amount of acetone to dab the paint around, and not to dab too much or it will get muddy. Paint a few nails white and give it a little practice to see what you come up with. I think it's really pretty, and with just a couple colors blotted on, it would also make a pretty background for other art on top, or even some metal studs.

Products used:

  • Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud
  • CND Sweet and Anchor Blue
  • China Glaze High Hopes
  • Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow


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This looks great! I feel like you should have mentioned this: http://imabeautygeek.com/2011/10/13/painting-class-watercolour-nails-from-lucian-matis-spring-2012/

It was just posted on my tumblr this morning. It looks exactly like what you did. ?? Did you not use this? Maybe I'm wrong!

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Yeah, watercolor nails are all over now. Tumblr, etc... Yup I've seen that video, it's been making the rounds on tumblr and twitter. Such a cool idea. I couldn't remember where I saw it so I just mentioned in the post to check YouTube because a lot of the other people who have tried it before me have made vids and tutorials. Thanks for that link! I hope it helps someone out!

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