Monday, March 26, 2012

Tutorial - The Hunger Games "Girl on Fire"

Hey guys!

Since it was requested, I decided to do up a tutorial for my "Girl on Fire" nail design. Plus, I haven't done a tutorial in far too long so it's way overdue.

Hopefully some of you still haven't seen the film and thus you'll be able to follow this tutorial and wear this mani when you go see it. And if you're not interested in The Hunger Games books and/or movie, this can just be done as a fierce, fiery mani!

To refresh, here's the finished design:

Keep reading for the tutorial!

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

- Base coat (CND Stickey)
- Top Coat (Seche Vite)
- Yellow creme polish (Color Club Almost Famous)
- Sheer red neon polish (China Glaze Rose Among Thorns)
- Black creme polish (China Glaze Liquid Leather)

Other tools:
- A makeup sponge
- A small nail art brush

Step 1:
Apply your base coat.

Step 2:
Paint all of your nails with your yellow creme polish.

Step 3:
Using your makeup sponge and your neon red polish, start from the base of your nail near your cuticle and create a gradient. You want the most colour concentration to be near the base of your nail and for it to get lighter as you work your way down. If you feel that you got too heavy-handed at any point, go back and touch up with your yellow polish and the sponge.

Step 4:
Once you're satisfied with your gradient and it's dry, use your small nail art brush and your black creme polish to freehand the shape of the flames. This doesn't need to be perfect or consistent from one nail to the next.

Step 5:
Once you're satisfied with the shape of your flames, fill in the outline you just created with the black polish.

Step 7:
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 it will also give your nails a nice shine.

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


  1. Fantastic tutorial! This is stunning. I'm really glad you shared this with us!

  2. If I had better skills I'd do this. thanks for posting!

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  4. waiting for this! thanks a lot!! <3

  5. This is a great tutorial! I love your tutorials :) Thanks for sharing :)

  6. Great tutorial thanks for sharing, I will definately be trying this!

  7. Wow this is amazing!!! Great Job!!!

  8. Im probably goin to try that today for my girly girl challenge for tomorrow! :) I will def leave credit to you on my page and will probably send you a link to it ! :) thank you for this tutorial

  9. Thanksss for sharing! I will try it, sure!

  10. Amazingly done! Thank you for that tutorial! :D

  11. I loved your design so much I actually tried the design out for the midnight premiere. Though next time I try it out, I'll definitely be referencing this tutorial! Love the look!

  12. Awesome tutorial! I don't think I'd ever be able to achieve freehand skills are not nearly good enough to get those lines!

  13. Great tutorial! It seems so easy to re-create!

  14. i was wondering how you made it look so good! thanks for the tutorial :)

  15. I love this! And ty for the awesome tutorial! I want to use this to do Harley Davidson inspired nails.

  16. love it! i definitely going to try this!

  17. I love that you post tutorials for your designs, thanks for that, this is so cool!
    I did something similar, and kinda wish I had had your tutorial, for when I saw the movie on Friday, except I used glitter.
    I've got pics of it here:

  18. Accidently deleted my last comment... But thanks again for the tutorial, here are nails I made! Not as good as yours, but still

  19. That looks great!

  20. This is a great tutorial! I love how you simplify the process of creating the nail art. I shall definitely be trying this soon!

  21. wow, interesting to see this kind of stuff, I really appreciate your stuff.
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