Nailed It: Watercolor Mani Tutorial

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Summer is the perfect time to play around with colour and to have a little more fun with your look.  I personally really enjoy playing with my nail looks during this season since there are a whole whack of fun (and bright) new shades out thanks to the summer collections.  Today I wanted to show you my latest look – the watercolor mani.  It’s unbelievably easy to do yourself, and nearly impossible to screw up, so even those of you who aren’t super confident in your nail art skills won’t have a problem.

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What will you need for this mani?  5 polishes – one white toned for the base and 4 other shades (have a little fun and play with colours!  You can go any direction with this one; neons, brights, pastels… Go crazy!) – and a cosmetic sponge.  I decided to go with 5 polishes from the Essie Summer 2014 collection since they’re all such bold shades.

How to:

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1.  Start by applying two coats of a white polish to act as the base (I used Essie Urban Jungle).  Allow to dry completely.

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2. Apply your first shade (I used Essie Strut Your Stuff) to the corner of the cosmetic sponge.  Lightly sponge the polish onto a corner of the nail.  Repeat for the rest of your nails.  You will need to reapply polish to the sponge every few nails.

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3.  Repeat this step for the other 3 polishes (in my case: Essie Roarrrange, Haute in the Heat and Ruffles & Feathers).  Don’t worry about any overlapping of shades – it makes for a really neat look!

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4.  Clean off any polish that made its way onto your cuticles using a brush or q-tip dipped in nail polish remover.  Seal it in with a base coat (I used Seche Vite) to lock in your mani and blend the colours a little.

It’s that easy.  Just sponge on some polish and you’re left with a fun, watercolor mani to show off.  Will you be giving this a try? What shades would you use?

 

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  • annet

    this looks great and is relatively simple to do; thanks for the tutorial, I’m going to actually try this!

    Anne Taylor

  • This looks so easy and is completely gorgeous! I gotta up my nail art skills.

  • Guppy

    Very pretty on you. I have never tried applying nail polish with a sponge before.

  • PrettyLittleLiar412

    This looks so cool! I’d need to buy some kind of clean up tool first before I tried! Thanks so much for this easy to do tutorial! I’m def going to have to try and I love the colors you picked!

  • Ohh…that’s nice! I gotta try this out sometime!!! 😛

  • Melinda Jana

    Cute idea. I think I would try it. Not sure what colours…maybe similar vibrant shades that you have used.

  • Victoria Ess

    Oh that’s cute! I would love to wear that design!

  • Letícia Fonseca

    Still i don’t have the pacience for that xD But the result is too cute! 😉

  • Nicole W

    This is really cool! Love the idea!

  • Geoff

    I’ve seen my gf do this..it actually works and looks great.

  • Ka .

    Great idea!!! Very smart!

  • Amy Lovell

    super cool! will def be trying this!

  • Such an easy to do mani! And it looks really pretty 🙂

  • Stefani

    These nails are awesome! So simple but look so complex! I’m a huge nail junkie (otherwise I’ll bit them) and this is definitely something I want to try!

  • margaretimecs

    Cute and so easy to do!

  • Yuen Ch

    This would be great to wear for the holidays!