Yesterday afternoon, I set up a poll on the Chalkboard Nails Facebook page to have you guys help choose my manicure. But it was a secret! I only offered options A and B, and then in my head I knew which manicure corresponded to which. This was the winning choice!
I originally saw this technique when Rebecca showed me this video tutorial from Beautygeeks on how to achieve it. Check out Rebecca's interpretation of the design, I love the neons!
It is a surprisingly easy look to achieve. I would recommend watching the Beautygeeks video to see it done "in action," but I'll also do a quick run down of the process for you. Rebecca also has a tutorial on her post about this technique.
- Paint your nails a base color. Top that with two coats of topcoat to make sure that when you use acetone to make the watercolored look later, your base doesn't get ruined.
- Pick out your first color. Place a couple small dots of it on your nail, in random locations.
- Take a medium sized brush (I used a makeup brush, but a watercolor brush would work well here) and dip it in acetone. You don't need a lot of acetone, but you don't want your brush to only be damp, either.
- Dab your acetone-d brush onto the small dots of polish. Continue to dab the brush around to achieve the watercolor look that you like.
- Repeat with 2-3 more colors.
- Topcoat again!
For my color palette, I chose:
OPI Skull and Glossbones (base)
China Glaze Heli-yum
China Glaze Happy Go Lucky
OPI Ogre the Top Blue
OPI Funky Dunkey
That is also the order that I applied the colors in.
This is a really really cool look, guys. Especially in person!! It's unique and I can guarantee you will get a lot of people asking you about it and being interested in what your nails have got goin' on.
I hope you enjoyed this design and I also hope you give it a shot yourself! I promise it is quite simple to achieve! :)