Hi everyone! I’m back! So I sit here and think to myself, wow where does the time go? It seems like it just yesterday I was putting on a scarf and heavy coat to head out the door, and now it’s all tank tops and sandals. Which of course got me thinking…spring is in the air!!!! I know, I know it comes EVERY year so really what is there to get excited about right? So wrong! I love the spring for many reasons, but mostly because it means mani/pedi time! We get to wear our cute sandals and shoes that expose our freshly painted toes! Unfortunately that blog will have to be for another day, because in this blog, I will be walking you through a simple color blocking technique that just about anyone can do. Of course this wonderful blog post is courtesy of Cid Style File, who so graciously allowed me to use her as a guinea pig for this simple tutorial. So without further gibber jabber, let’s get started!
Step 1: Gather your supplies. For this manicure, I used 3 colors. Green nail polish, white acrylic paint, and black acrylic paint, nail polish remover, cotton balls, paint brushes, and of course a base and top coat.
Step 2: Prep the nails with a base coat. For our manicure we used Sally Hansen Base & Top Coat all in one. It doesn't matter what base coat you use, but it is important to always use a base coat before painting you nails.
|base color - sally hansen - loden green (photo source)|
Step 3: Paint your nails with a coat of the nail polish of your choice. Our base color is Loden Green, from Sally Hansen/Prabal Gurung collection . You can choose to do two coats if you like. This particular polish we chose was a two coater. Depending on the brand, some will require more or less.
Step 4: Use your imagination! The beauty of color blocking, is that you have the ability to get as creative as you like. Decide on the pattern you want for your nails, do you want the pattern to be the same on all fingers? Do you want to mix it up with the blocking technique and do different or similar patterns on all the nails? The choice is yours!
Step 5: Next I prepared a small amount of black acrylic paint on a surface and with a fine paint brush I dipped it in the color and made a second diagonal line on the opposite side of the nail. Once I got the line the way I wanted it, I filled in that portion with the black. Do this for the rest of your nails. I applied the second color. I prepared a small amount of white acrylic paint on a surface and with a fine paint brush I dipped it in the color and made a diagonal line across the nail. Once I got the line the way I wanted it, I filled in that portion with the white.
Give your nails a few seconds to dry and put a clear top coat on them. Make sure you don’t forget the clear top coat, if you don’t put a clear top coat on your nails the design will wash off. Allow your nails to dry and voila you have created the color blocking technique!
|color block design before top coat|
We decided that we were going to mix it up with similar patterns of the 3 colors. After the 2 top coats dried (took about 10 minutes) I am sure a question popping up in your mind at this moment is acrylic paint on your finger nails? The answer is simply YES!
Here are the basic pros with using acrylic paints on your nails. Acrylic paint comes off with water, so if you mess up your design you can just wash it off and not damage your base color. Another pro to using the paint, you can use various size paint brushes to help you better detail your designs from simple to intricate. Getting back to this step, make sure you follow this step to all of your nails to cover a portion of all your nails and allow to dry (this should take a few seconds). You can take a q-tip and dip it in water to straighten the lines to make your color blocking more angular.
You can do various versions of this technique. Your imagination and practice is key when it comes to this technique. Using the acrylic paints is a little less time consuming, and can also lend to a better learning experience when it comes to trying out the color blocking techniques because if you mess up you can wipe and start over without ruining the entire manicure. The paints are also pretty inexpensive; I picked up a few of basic colors (black, white, and red) at a Wal-Mart for less than a dollar a bottle. I challenge you to give this technique a try with the twist of acrylic colors! I look forward to seeing some of your work! Remember practice makes perfect, and the more you practice the basics, the better you will get!
What spring colors will you try?
I would love to hear and or see! Until next month, keep them painted!