Watercolor Nails Tutorial

Difficulty - Intermediate

This watercolor nails technique is really cool, but it takes a bit of practice. It creates a really soft look, kind of the opposite of water marbling. This is my favourite nail art style and is almost always my go-to design when I'm feeling stumped. It also looks amazing and beautiful if you do it just on your tips for a watercolor french!

In this tutorial I used Sally Hansen Extreme Wear in White On, Seche Vite Top Coat, OPI Nail Envy base coat, China Glaze For Audrey, Orly Petit Four, and NYC Water Street Blue.

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Watercolor Nails Tutorial


Tips & Tricks

  • Don't skip the top coat before you start. It acts as a barrier between the acetone and your white polish so you don't end up with bald spots
  • Try to use a "dabbing" motion to get more of a water splotch look.
  • I found that wide, fat brushes worked better than a thin, narrow brush.
  • You really don't need a lot of polish. If your drop was too big, pick up a bit of the polish on your brush and remove it.
  • I found creme polishes worked best but play around with what you like best.
  • Pure 100% acetone works best, you can get it at beauty supply stores, or from Amazon for super cheap.

Watercolor nails
The finished product.

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