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Splatter Tutorial

29 Nov

When I guest posted over at Nailed: A Nail Polish Blog last week, I promised a tutorial on how I did my splatter nails.  Well, here it is!

First paint your nails your chosen base color.  I painted my nails white.  I didn’t worry too much about them being super opaque because it was going to be covered up.

I dripped my colors into my palate.  I used a regular old fountain drink straw cut into thirds (just so I wasn’t wasteful.)  I taped my fingers off like I would for a water marble.  I didn’t want polish splattered all over my hand so I took a latex glove, cut the finger tips off and put it on.

To keep the splatter from getting all over the place, I took a small cardboard box and kind of cut it open so I could basically put my hand in it (like a back drop.)  Actually getting the splatter to hit my nail was the hard part.  You can see from the box that there was plenty of splattering going on, but my nail is such a small target that I kept missing.  I did find it difficult to actually get the polish to splat off the end of the straw.  Quick, powerful bursts of air seemed to work the best.  It seemed like I wasted a lot of polish to try to get my nail covered.  I’ve since tried the splatter again with a coffee straw and didn’t really notice much improvement.  Like with my water marbles, while the polish was still wet I took the point of my shish kabob skewer and ran it all the way around the edge of my nail to get the polish that was flooding the sides and cuticle of my nails.  It helps with the clean up.

When I took off the tape I wasn’t sure I was actually going to post these pictures.  What a mess.  I got out my trusty cotton swabs and acetone and started cleaning.  Once I got a top coat on it I was pleasantly surprised.  I really quite like it.

See all the purple at the tip of my index finger?  That’s where a giant glob of polish landed on my nail and I tried to fix it.  The giant purple spot on my pinkie is camouflaged a bit, but that’s where I accidentally blew the straw right out of my hand and it hit my nail.

Precision is not a word I would use to describe a splatter mani.  Although messy, this was a pretty easy mani to do.  Leave a comment if you have any questions, tips of your own to add or if I’ve missed anything.

The colors I used for this mani were Sinful Colors Snow Me White, WnW Buffy the Violet Slayer, Orly Terracotta and Sinful Colors Happy Ending.

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