strawberry nails, a tutorial.
1. Supplies used by moi:
- Wet n Wild Megalast Nail Color (214A Caught Red Handed)
- Milani Nail Art Lacquer (708 Yellow Design)
- Milani Nail Art Lacquer (709 Green Sketch)
- Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear (01 Invisible)
- Nailene Perfect Tips (french manicure guides)
2. Apply two coats of red nail polish to clean, dry nails. If you are using new acrylic nails (store bought), swipe an acetone remover-soaked cotton ball over the nails (briefly) to remove the shiny film off of them. This provides a better base for the polish and helps to prevent chipping.
3. Once the red polish has dried thoroughly, carefully apply yellow (or white if you prefer) polka dots to nails. For best results, stagger the polka dots and avoid straight vertical or horizontal rows (look at an actual polka dot pattern for inspiration). Allow them to dry.
4. Make sure all nail polish layers are dried first. (If they aren’t, you’ll eventually pull the polish off of your nails. I don’t want you to cry.) Apply tip guides to each nail. Make sure that the curve is centered or your tips will be crooked.
5. Once guides are positioned, apply one to two layers of green nail polish. Allow the polish to dry completely and thoroughly. I know it’s exciting to do awesome nail art on your own, but please be patient.
If you use a hair dryer to dry your nails, make sure to use a cool/cold air setting!!! If you use hot hair while the manicure guides are on your nails, you WILL cook a layer of adhesive to your nails. Yuck.
6. Carefully remove the manicure tip guides from your nails and apply two coats of clear polish or topcoat to your nails. Allow them to dry thoroughly and clean up cuticles, fingertips, etc with Q-Tips and nail polish remover as needed/desired.
7. Rock out your awesome strawberry manicure.
**yes, these are actual photos.