So last week I put up a poll in my sidebar asking you all to vote and let me know which of my previous nail designs you would like to see a tutorial for next.
It was pretty neck and neck for a while between Rainbow Polka Dots and Neon Rainbow Leopard but in the end, with 37% of the votes, the one you guys wanted to see the most was this one:
Keep reading for the tutorial!
- Base and top coat
- Black polish
- White polish
- Six polishes to make up your rainbow colours (I'm using neon shades today)
- Small nail art brush
Apply your base coat.
Apply one coat of your white polish (it doesn't have to be perfect since we're going to be covering it up). This will make the neon colours you're using pop and will also just create a better base for your design.
Take the first of your rainbow colours (I'm starting with pink) and and paint a rough diagonal line at the base of your nail. How thick or thin you make this line is going to depend on the length of your nail (i.e. if your nails are on the shorter side, you should make these lines thinner than what I'm doing here).
While the pink is still wet, do another rough diagonal line using your orange polish, making sure to slightly overlap the two colours.
Note: Neon shades dry rather quickly, so if you're using neon shades like I'm doing here, you're going to need to work quickly and you should only work on one nail at a time. You should also have your colours lined up in the order you'll be needing them, with the caps unscrewed for faster access.
Move on to your next colour and repeat Step 4.
Continue repeating Step 4 on all of your nails until you've used all your colours and your nails no longer have any white space left.
This step is optional, but you may want to go over your colours once more, especially if you're using neon polishes. At this point you can also clean up the edges of your polish.
After allowing your neon colours to dry, drop a bit of your black polish onto a piece of scrap paper. Then take your small detail brush and using the black polish, make random & jagged C, backwards C, U, upside-down U, O and dot shapes. Remember that this doesn't need to be perfect - leopard spots aren't perfect! However, if you're not comfortable with your freehand skills, there are a number of animal print stamps available from brands such as Konad, Bundle Monster, etc.
Finish doing the spots on the rest of your nails and after allowing your design to dry, add a layer of your favorite top coat. This will make your new mani last longer, it will smooth out any bumps that have been created during the process, and it will also give your nails a nice shine. As well, for this design in particular, a top coat helps to blend the rainbow colours even better.
I hope this tutorial was helpful! And if you try this design out for yourself, be sure to share it with me on the Nails by Kayla Shevonne Facebook page!
Thanks for looking!