It’s always fantastic to add fabulous flash to your wrists and digits with gorgeous bracelets and rings, but if you want to further customize your look, manis are the way to go! Here at HeirloomFinds.com, we’ve been perusing runway nail art trends and have discovered that watercolor nails are in for spring. We seized the opportunity to visit our local beauty supply store and gather the tools necessary to craft such a unique look.
Although the artistic nature of watercolor manis allows you to choose whatever palette you like, we decided that a mélange of springtime pastels would be the perfect selection for celebrating the return of warm weather.
What You’ll Need:
- Clear base coat
- Clear top coat
- One base color. We chose “Paper Mâche” by Finger Paints.
- Three or more nail polishes. After some deliberation, we decided on “Can’t Find My Czechbook,” “Hawaiian Orchid” and “Do You Lilac It?” by OPI.
- Pure acetone
- Small mixing cups
- One pipette
- One or more small nail art brushes
- One small cleanup brush
Step One: Apply your base coat and let dry. Then apply one to two coats of your chosen base color.
Step Two: Use the pipette to place four drops of pure acetone into a small mixing cup, then add one large drop of your first nail polish color. Stir until the mixture is well combined. Repeat for your remaining nail polish colors.
Step Three: After making sure your base color is dry, begin using a small nail art brush to dab splotches of color onto your nails. Since you’re the watercolor artist here, you may be as random or careful as you like. We decided we wanted our colors to have a mottled overlapping effect. Continue until your nails are completed to your liking. Also, you have the option of diffusing the painted splotches by gently going over them with pure acetone.
Step Four: Remove any excess polish around your nails using the small cleanup brush and pure acetone. Once everything’s dry, apply the clear top coat.
Voilà! You have a watercolor manicure that’s perfectly on-trend for spring and totally one of a kind! Now all you need is to do is layer on some ring stacks and bangles before going out to enjoy the sunshine. Have fun showing off your fresh springtime look!
by Sarah Clark