Majikbeenz Nails

Watercolor Nails Tutorial

As promised, here is a tutorial for how I did my watercolor nails. I still don’t have video set up, but I hope to do that soon.

Here are all the colors I used for this mani. Just a drop of acrylic paint and lots of water to dilute the color for the watercolor effect. (click image to enlarge)

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I started with a neutral base (OPI “My Vampire is Buff”) and used a matte topcoat.

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The first color is some watered-down sky blue. I left the cloud space open so you can see the base color. It’s ok to leave spots with heavier color than others, it adds to the effect.

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Let that color dry completely before using another color. These paints dry fast, so by the time you finish the rest of your fingers it should be dry.

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Add a sheer green base for the grass. Again, thin out the green paint with water.

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While the light green is still wet, add some watered-down darker green paint just to the top edge. If your light green is still damp, it should spread out a little.

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Wait for the paint to dry then add some grass/leaves to the tip of your nail.

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With a REALLY thin brush and some watered-down black or brown paint, add in the tree trunk and a couple branches.

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Wait for the tree trunk to dry, then add some loose green leaves with watered-down green paint.

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While that is drying, add some yellow flowers. Using watered-down yellow paint, add dots of yellow.

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Let the yellow dry a little bit, then dry your paint brush on a paper towel. With your “dry” brush, soak up any excess paint from the center of the yellow dots. If it has dried enough, you should have a darker edge and a sheer yellow in the center. Dry your brush between each dot.

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Repeat the same technique with a lighter green on the tree. This image shows the paint still wet.

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This step shows you the tree leaves after the paint has been sucked up by the dry brush.

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Add some orange flowers with the same technique.

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I did the same thing with a darker green on the tree and the white cloud.

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Remove any excess paint from the cloud with your dry brush.

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Clean up your edges and finish with a matte topcoat. All done!

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial. I’ll definitely try to make more… and some easier ones too! :-)

Thanks for reading. Let me know what you think.

XO, Nicole

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