Nail Art Tutorial: St. Patrick's Day Plaid
What better way to ring in St. Patrick's Day than with a Black, White, and Green Plaid design that's simple enough anyone can do. A pattern even Mr. and Mrs. Patrick would be proud of!
What I used: Nubar Foundtion (base), LA Colors in Energy Source (white), Essie Pretty Edgy (green), Milani Nail Art in Black Sketch (stripes) and China Glaze Fast Forward (top).
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Step 1: Start with a white base color like a french white creme. Apply two coats or until completely opaque. Let dry.
Step 2: Using Essie Pretty Edgy (or any green creme) apply a swipe of color to the nail. Repeat this step if necessary. Let dry.
Tip: When positioning the green stripe, just be sure there is plenty of room for your lines shown in Step 3.
Step 3: Take Milani's Precision Nail Art Polish (or your preferred brand) and start drawing vertical lines starting at the base of the cuticle to the tip of your nail.
Tip: Oh, boy. Drawing perfectly straight lines was a killer for me! But, after some good ole' practice it gets much easier - I promise. Two important factors I learned: First, find a striper brush that's easy to work with. I really like Milani and Art Club's (aka Color Club) nail art polishes. The brush is thin and perfect for smaller nails. Secondly, make sure your hand is super steady.
If you're having trouble keeping your hand still, try moving your nail/finger with the brush.
Step 4: Using the same technique as Step 3, start drawing your lines in a horizontal (side-to-side) motion.
Tip: Horizontal lines are a bit more challenging than vertical ones. I found it much easier to draw halfway then connect the ends from the opposite side.
Step 5: Finish with a glossy top coat and you're done!
What do you think of my Green, White and Black Plaid design? Is this something you would try? What did you end up wearing for St. Paddy's Day? Have a great night!
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Posted by Steph at 10:24:pm
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nailpolishtwit said on Mar 18th, 2011 10:27 pm
That's really adorable, Steph. I might try that next year.
Karli said on Mar 19th, 2011 12:09 pm
Love this! I'm going to try it with pink, green & purple for Spring. Thanks for the instructions!
Tracy said on Mar 19th, 2011 10:35 pm
I'm actually really surprised there isn't more comments.. this is so awesome.. and to think it's freehand!!
Shelly said on Mar 20th, 2011 12:32 pm
I love this...but I am just not steady-handed enough to do it well. I wonder how masking tape would work? :-)
krystal said on Mar 17th, 2012 12:59 pm
love it tried it and I was even able to do my right hand lol! I used different colors but still love it thanks for sharing yeah def. have to have steady hands lol but not hard very easy thanks again.