Thursday, July 25, 2013

TUTORIAL: Beauty and the Beach Summer Nail Art

To date, one of my most positively received nail art posts has been my entry for last year's Beauty and the Beach contest. I can't say that I'm surprised -- who can resist the combination of nail art and the beach? I know this manicure has me dreaming of the cool ocean breeze and aqua-colored waters.

Chalkboard Nails: Summer nail art tutorial

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In the spirit of summer, I've made you guys a video tutorial for this look! There are a lot of different techniques involved, and I did my best to demonstrate all of them while still keeping the overall video length reasonable. Please be sure to comment if you have any follow-up questions!

Here are the products I used in this look:
Cult Nails Tempest
OPI Did You Ear About Van Gogh
American Apparel Hassid
China Glaze For Audrey
OPI My Paprika is Hotter Than Yours
It's So Easy Nails Stripe Rite in White
Nail art brush
Makeup wedge
Cleanup brush/Q-Tips

Will you be trying out this summer nail art tutorial? I have to say, my favorite part is the little baby starfish. What do you think his name should be?


  1. Thanks for the great tutorial! :)

  2. So coooool, thanks for the tutorial!

  3. It's great to see how you do gradients, yours are always so smooth looking.

  4. I definitely want to try this :)

  5. Lucy from Lucy's StashJuly 25, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    thoroughly enjoyed your tutorial :)

  6. Cool! I wasn't that far off with doing mine! I did cheat and used a rocks/pebbles nail color but otherwise, I did ok!

  7. Great tutorial and very petty manicure!

  8. This is my most favorite manicure in the world, I think!
    I am definitely going to try this when I get some free time!!!
    Thank you so much for this awesome tutorial and a most amazing manicure!

  9. Actually, I am leaving on vacation tommorrow, I was going for neons, but now I think that I'm going to try this one, 'cause it looks awesome! :)

  10. Great tutorial Sarah!

  11. Oaw! You're fantastic... You've made it look so simple! :) I'll definitely try it! Great tutorial :)

  12. Great tutorial! It seems soooo easy when you do all this...

  13. His name should be Stanly

  14. I'll never fail to be impressed by the fact that you can do this all with polish. Lovely tutorial!

  15. Adorable! Thanks for the tutorial!

  16. i love this mani, great tutorial!

  17. :D wow that is super cute! I will definitely be trying this out! Also loved the tip about using the eyeliner brush, I always mess up my nails trying to get the polish off! X)

  18. I love your nails and nail art, it looks so amazing! It looks easy too, but I just can't get the hang of nail art.

  19. I've been waiting for this tutorial for so long!!! It's fantastic!

  20. I just did these nails and I love them! Thanks for posting such a great tutorial!

  21. I tried your nail art and I am satisfied even if I have no so attractive nails as you;) thank you for your creativity and to share !!!

  22. So great tutorial! Thanks! Need to try!

  23. Melina ComotepintasteAugust 9, 2013 at 4:09 PM

    Amé tus uñas de mar, y tu tutorial fue excelente, no veo la hora de hacérmelas. ¡Gracias!

  24. I am in love with this look! I can't wait for my skills to improve so I can try it! I think his name should be Jacques. :)

  25. Fantastic mani. I'm squirreling this one away so I can try it later. I appreciate that you use all nail polish for your nail art. I use acrylic paint as I find it easier to control, but sometimes I feel like that's cheating! You give me hope I may be able to do it all with just polish.

  26. I really like how you used the black and white polishes to make your base colors darker and lighter. It's a great tip that I will try and remember for the future! TFS =)

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  28. Looks as tho missjenfabulous has copied ur beach inspired nails I knew I had seen your design before!

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