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 was my first try and it was a bit of a mess, I'm going to try it again, for sure! In this tutorial I used Beauty UK in White, O.P.I in La Paz-itively Hot, NYC in Spring Street, Barry M in Spring Green, Nina Ultra Pro in Blue Blaze, and Seche Vite top coat.

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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. The blue I used is a semi-matte neon and it didn't spread out at well.
  • Pure 100% acetone works best, you can get it at beauty supply stores, or from Amazon for super cheap.
  • Prefer a video? No problem!

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