Saturday, October 26, 2013

Beauty Tip: Spooky Splatter Nails

Spooky Splatter Nails (+ Tutorial)

If you've never done a splatter before, they are actually pretty easy and just take a small amount of practice to get right. Here's how I do mine!

You'll need a drinking straw cut in half, a few colors of polish, tape, and wax paper.
  1. Start by painting your nails a base color.
  2. Cover your workspace with wax paper to protect from flying polish. Cover more space than you think you need to... better to be safe than sorry.
  3. Tape off your fingers, using painters tape or regualr tape, tape around the edge of your finger nail. This will help your skin later when you go to clean.
  4. Dip the half straw right into the bottle of polish. You can wipe a bit off the sides when removing it from the bottle but try not to disturb the polish inside the straw.
  5. Hold the end of the straw about six inches from your nail. Shoot a quick and strong puff of air through the straw to propel the polish onto your nail. Repeat on all fingers.
  6. Remove the tape from your fingers and begin cleanup. I use a cotton swab dipped in remover on the larger areas of my finger and a cheap makeup brush dipped in acetone to clean up around my cuticles.
  7. Let your splatters set, and finish with topcoat.

It is messy, so don't think you'll just get to spray on polish and be done. Cleanup is an important part of this technique and can take quite some time. I love splatters though and think the time investment is worth it!

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