Thursday, April 18, 2013

Pastel Watercolor Nails

Hi guys!

I feel like I haven't done nail art in way too long! I was sick there for a while which is why I sort of neglected my nails, but I'm back in the full swing of things now, so I have some nail art for you today!

I had an idea of what design I wanted to do right from the start, but no really colour scheme in mind. So I just started opening my polish drawers to see if any colours jumped out at me, and what do you know, the Lime Crime Les Desserts d'Antoinette Collection did!

To create the pastel watercolor look, first I started with a base of a standard white creme. I was originally going to use Lime Crime Milky Ways as my base colour, but since the base colour isn't seen in the end result, I didn't want to waste my any of my precious bottle of Milky Ways. Once the white was dry, I added random blobs of polish using the remaining polishes from the Les Desserts d'Antoinette Collection: Lime Crime Crema de Limon, Lavendairy, Once in a Blue Mousse, Parfait Day, Pastelchio and Peaches ♥ Cream.

While the blobs of polish were still wet, I wrapped a piece of plastic wrap around each nail and pushed down ever so lightly on the plastic wrap to mix the polish blobs together. The result is this wonderful watercolor effect! I read about this technique on Pinterest a while ago, but I stupidly didn't re-pin it so I'm not sure where the original source comes from. If someone knows, please let me know in the comments below! Just before I was about to add top coat, I decided on a whim to add some sparkle to this mani by throwing on a thin layer of China Glaze Fairy Dust.

Here's my word of advice if you want to try this technique: make sure your base colour is completely dry! I waited what seemed like an appropriate amount of time, but the plastic wrap still picked up some of my base colour and left gaps. So I started over on those nails and added a coat of Seche Vite to the white in order to speed up drying time.

This is just one way to create watercolor nails, but there's also another method that utilizes acetone/nail polish remover. Basically, follow the same steps that I outlined above, but after adding the blobs of polish, use a brush dipped in acetone to spread out the polish blobs. My friend Rebecca created an easy-to-follow tutorial for that technique here.

I really like this look! I like it just plain the way it is, but I know it would also look great with some extra art added over it.

And just for fun, here's a look at the plastic wrap wreckage:

Thanks for looking!


  1. Very beautiful!!!
    I'm gonna try to to this!

    follow me!

  2. Wow! What a fantastic effect! Love it <3

  3. That is a cool design! Love the colors :)

  4. very nice

  5. Amazing!! I love how bright the colours are xx

  6. the first place i ever saw this technique was but i dont know if she was the first one to ever do it. it is definitely the best way to do watercolor though, i love this technique!

  7. wow, pretty nails !! beautiful colours ! :)

  8. This is the first time I'm reading about this technique and I am really liking it! A very pretty design and I love the colours!

  9. I do really love this mani, you cannot imagine.
    This Lime Crime collection is one the biggest lemmings of mine.... <3


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