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I'd been planning a festive red, white, & blue manicure for the 4th of July but hadn't really come up with any original ideas until I featured a fun tie dye manicure tutorial on BlogHer Style over the weekend and was instantly hit with inspiration. But let me just warn you... this is not a project for the impatient or short-tempered, and why I decided to tie dye only six of my ten nails. However, my nails are very short at the moment and this, along with many nail art techniques are far easier with a larger canvas to paint on. Obviously then, my thumbs turned out the best. But I think with a little practice, the results could be even better, though I do love the final product and how they kind of look like stars AND stripes. Here's what I used...
photos/post/design: Kristin Ess Considering nail art + polish colors are all we talk about for the first 20 minutes that we see each other, you don’t want to be that girl who has an immaculate mani accompanied by dry, crusty hands. Here in California winter has come to an end (UH, BYE!)
Splatter nails are super cool and easy to do, but they make a huge mess! I didn't tape my nails for this tutorial, and I really regretted it while I was doing the clean up. If you want a tutorial for how to tape off nails check out this one . Aside from the mess, this tutorial is a breeze and I got so many compliments on them. Play around with your color choices and make something beautiful!
I saw some video tutorials for this look on Youtube whilst looking at Galaxy nail tutorials. Basically you paint your nails with a base colour (I used Models Own Gun Grey) then apply a topcoat and carefully place the feather on top and press it down to make sure it sticks. Once that's dry you apply another topcoat, or three (!), to seal it onto the nail.