Sunday, July 24, 2011

Nail Art Tutorial - Abstract

Hey guys!

As promised, I'm trying to get more tutorials up while I'm doing my wear tests of the Nfu-Oh Holographic Series of polishes so that you'll still have some nail art to look at around here.

Once again, we had a tie in my sidebar poll. This time it was between my Abstract design and my Ice Cream Sundaes design. Instead of asking anyone to break the tie this time, I just decided that those two designs would be my next two tutorials and I flipped a coin to decide which one I would do first. Tonight I'll be showing you how to do my Abstract design.

To refresh, here's what that looked like:


Keep reading for the tutorial!

What you'll need:
The exact brands/names of the polishes I've used are in brackets but you can use whatever brands/shades you have in your stash.

White cream polish (OPI Alpine Snow).

Cream finish polishes in the colours of your choosing (all I suggest is that they be complimentary).
The ones I'm using are light teal (China Glaze For Audrey), light purple (China Glaze Agent Lavender), medium teal (China Glaze Flyin' High), light pink (China Glaze Empowerment), soft green (OPI Gargantuan Green Grape) and medium purple (China Glaze Secret Peri-wink-le).

Your favourite base (China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat) and top coat (Seche Vite Top Coat).

A striping brush (mine is from eBay and you can get them for next to nothing).

Small sized dotting tool (you could also use toothpicks if you don't have one of these dotting tools).

Step 1:
Apply your base coat. (I didn't think it was necessary to take a photo of this step.)

Step 2:
Apply two coats (or until it's opaque) of your white polish to all of your nails. This will serve as your base colour.

Step 3:
Starting with your light teal polish and using the brush within the polish, make a thick rounded line that starts at the base of your nail and extends the length of the entire nail.

Step 4:
Using your light purple polish and the brush within the polish, make a thick squiggly line that overlaps the line you just made.

Step 5:
Using your light pink polish and your striping brush, outline the bottom edge of your squiggly purple line.

Step 6:
Using your dark teal polish, outline the inner edge of the light teal line that you did earlier. This one is meant to overlap the light pink line that you just did.

Step 7:
Since most of your lines are now concentrated on the left side of the nail, take your medium purple polish and your striping brush and make a small squiggly line on the right side of your nail coming down from your nail base.

Step 8:
Still using the same colour and your striping brush, make a small line coming straight out from the top of the pink line you made earlier.

Step 9:
For the last of your lines, take your soft green polish and your striping brush and make a small squiggly line on the left side, near the tip of your nail, extending into the center of your nail.

Step 10:
Now that we've completed all of the stripes/lines, we'll be moving onto the dots. First, taking your medium purple polish and your small dotting tool, make a few small dots (as many as will fit on your nail) on the outside edge of your thick teal line.

Step 11:
Next, using your soft green polish and your dotting tool, make only a few (I suggest 3-4) dots above the straight purple line on the right side of your nail.

Step 12:
Last off for the dots, using your light pink polish and your dotting tool, outline the inside edge of the squiggly purple line that is on the right side of your nail coming down from your nail base.

Step 13:
Because you've used so many colours, wait a decent amount of time before adding your top coat so that you don't experience any dragging of the colours. After allowing your design to dry completely, add a layer of your favorite top coat. This will make your new mani last longer, it will smooth out any bumps and ridges that have been created during the process, and will also give your nails a nice shine.

With this design, you can switch up the colours/patterns that you do on each nail or you can choose to keep it consistent on each nail, which is what I chose to do.

As always, I hope this tutorial was helpful and I hope some of you will try this design out for yourselves. And I'd really like to see pictures of this if you try it. :)


  1. very cool! thanks for sharing!

  2. Nice design! It looks fairly easy,and the colors are so pretty! Especially on your own nails!

  3. Awsome! finaly i can make this design
    i've try it before but i messed up! im gonna try again!
    thanks for the tuto

  4. thank you. i really luv it!

  5. This is an amazing tutorial. I just bookmarked it so I can try it later.

  6. love it! thanks for sharing it with us :)

  7. This looks so pretty! I'm going to try this sometime.

  8. Very cool! I think I'll do an inspired look tonight and post it. Maybe a neon version? Hmmm. Decisions! :)

  9. Yey finally ;) I love that the mani looks less busy when it's on all your fingers :)

  10. REally cool!
    I love this mani !
    Thank you!

  11. ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh love love love this mani! really cute and simple... but quite eye catching! Adorable!

  12. This tutorial was so helpful for me, thanks :)

  13. This is amazing looking. I am thinking I could do this one (finally - one I could do!!) without trying to go beyond my talent level. Thanks for the tutorial!!!

  14. I wanted to show you the mani I did inspired by this look :D

  15. I'm so going to try this! love the color combo!!!


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