Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Cute and Fun Nail Tutorial

This is a fun day and gets me excited for Spring.  Yes, I painted my toes yesterday and yes, it snowed for the first time all Winter!!   Anyways, I have been doing what I like to call "Crazy nails" for a few years now.  It all started before I was going to Cabo San Lucas one year, I wanted cute toes for the trip.  I thought since Mexico is usually pretty colorful and full of pattern, that I would do my pattern my toes after it.  Everyone who saw my toes loved them and wanted me to do theirs like that.  So, here you have it, a cute and fun nail tutorial for all of you to do at home!

First of all, did you know that I am a retired nail technician?  Yes, a few years back I did nails and my favorite part was doing nail art!  But along the way I discovered some tips and tricks while painting nails to get the most of your application.  I am going to include these in the tutorial.

Trim and clean up your nails before starting.  Rub them down with some acetone to take the oils out of your nails, this will help the polish to adhere longer.  Next, you wanna apply a good base coat.  At the end of this post I have all the products I used listed.
 After applying one coat of the base polish, you can begin your color.  I chose three colors for my Crazy Nails (specific colors and brands listed at end of post).  Paint two coats of each color.  As you can see, I like to do my big toe the same as my fourth toe, and my second toe the same as my pinky toe, with my middle toe being the only one of its color.  I don't know why I like to do it like this but I feel that it gives it a nice balance.

So now is the fun part, pattern!  Feel free to add whatever patterns you are capable of doing.  I feel that polka dots are probably the easiest for anyone to do.  All you need is a ball pin and black nail polish and a paper plate.  Put a large drop of polish on your plate and dip your ball pin in it.  
 Begin adding the dots to your nails in a line starting from one corner of the nail to the other, then add the other dots accordingly.  I did dots on the white nails.

It is fun to do pattern on all 10 of your toe nails but I only chose to do patterns on the white nails and then the middle toe.  For the zig-zag I took a striper polish and with a steady hand (I may or may not be a surgeon in the next life), do your pattern.  I will give you a tip when using striper polishes: be generous with the polish.  Make sure your brush has more on it than you think you will need.

So once you have all of your toes done, let them dry for an hour before applying the top coat.  The reason being is because if you put on the top coat prematurely, you may smear your pattern and then it will be messed up.  Blow dry them, let them sit; do whatever you need to do to keep them nice before the top coat.  

When applying the top coat, make sure your brush has a ball of polish on the end of it and drag it ever-so-slightly across your nail so you aren't pressing too hard to smear your pattern.  Blow dry the nails after you do so then spray with the quick dry spray I have listed below.  

Everyone will love your nails and will ask about this cute and fun nail tutorial!  Make sure you share it with your friends and feel free to use an array of colors and patterns, because the crazier, the better!

Here are the products I used, and I have them listed below for more details:


Stripe Rate White


Tia said...

So cute! I need to do more than just paint them red, and this actually looks doable AND cute!

Unknown said...

These are so cute! With being the only girl in the house I think I need to do a few more girly things for myself. I'm going to have to try this. Thanks for the great tutorial