Thursday, July 05, 2012

Rainbow Ruffle Nail Art

Hey guys!

This ruffle nails tutorial by Sarah of Chalkboard Nails has been on my to-do list for a while now, so I finally made a point to do it last night!

I had a hard time deciding on what colours I wanted to use for my ruffles, but in the end I went with a rainbow theme. Anyone who's been following me for a while knows that I love doing rainbow designs, so this was a good choice for me.


The polishes I used are my go-to rainbow colours: Zoya Jolene (pink), China Glaze Papaya Punch (orange), Orly Spark (yellow), Orly Green Apple (green), Zoya Robyn (blue) and OPI Funky Dunkey (purple).


I was actually going to use red instead of pink as the base colour, but before I got started I realized that the red might be a lot harder to cover up with some of the lighter colours like yellow and orange. So that's why I went with a lighter pink, and I think it worked out perfectly in the end.

Also, if any of you have nail related OCD like I do, you'll notice that I wasn't able to fit the purple ruffles on my pinky. This bothers me immensely, but hopefully you guys aren't as bothered by it as I am. :)


I'm completely in love with this mani so I owe a big thanks to Sarah for the inspiration!

What do you guys think of my rainbow ruffles?

28 comments:

  1. Lovely! The colors all go so well together.

    Your dots are so big - did you just use a large dotting tool? (I feel like my largest one doesn't get very big)

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    1. Thanks! And yes, I used the biggest dotting tool that I have.

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  2. Wow this is so cool! Lovely rainbow nails :)

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  3. Love it! It looks so colorful and fun :)

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  4. Ooohh! I love the ruffle look and the colours are so cute!

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  5. Oh wow!!! Yours is so pretty!
    I tried it once, but I think I messed up the colors so it looked a little bleah. I'm gonna try again after this!

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  6. So Cute and Fun for the summer♥

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  7. This is so fun! You create the prettiest rainbow manis!

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    1. Thank you! Rainbow designs are definitely my favourite type. :)

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  8. Ahaha missing the purple would bother me a bit too, I'm OCD about the most random things. I love the pink instead of the red, it lightens the manicure up a bit, but...wouldn't it be easier not to paint your whole nails pink? You can just paint the bottom third and then dot away to your hearts content. Nobody will know there's no pink under the orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple :P

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    1. I could have, but I find it works better when using a dotting tool if you're dotting onto tacky polish and not just a dry naked nail. Maybe that's just me, though.

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  9. man this is amazing! i've got to try this

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  10. Lovely effect. goes and puts in to do list/folder. x

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  11. Beautiful, Kayla! I didn't even notice the lack of purple on the pinky until you pointed it out, honestly!

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  12. This is insanely gorgeous and I hope you don't mind if I "borrow"!

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  13. ola como foi que voce fez essas ondinhas nas unhas??? ficou perfeito.

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  14. This is beautiful. I love rainbows and I think you nailed it perfectly:)

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  15. Love this! So neat and clean:)

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  16. this is SUPER cute!!! this is what i consider the best ive seen of this style of mani so far!

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  17. Lovely! Also didn't notice the pinky until you mentioned it :).

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  18. what did you use to get the nice ruffle affect? :)

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  19. How do you get your dots so "flat"?

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  20. Just curious, did you put a base coat of white polish to make the colors ~pop~ with this one?
    Super cute!! :)

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