Tutorial: Splatter Nails! I swear its not hard!

Hey Everyone!

My first attempt at splatter nail art was a hit amongst my friends, and as per their request I have created a tutorial so you can re-create the look yourself. My next goal is to do this on my toes…but I may need to stretch a bit first. 😉

base coat nail hardener, 1st color, 1st splatter color, 2nd splatter color, top coat, scotch tape, cuticle pen and manicure correcting pen

First things first, let’s get your supplies all together. You will need:

  • A nail polish to use as your base color
  • 1-3 additional colors you would like to splatter
  • top coat & base coat
  • A straw for each color you plan on splattering (not a coffee stirrer and not a boba straw, something in between will work fine)
  • scotch tape
  • q-tips or a manicure pen to clean mistakes.

I like to start my manicure with a base coat specifically with a nail hardener in it. I file my nails square-shaped and they tend to break right at the corners. This at least gives them a fighting chance.

I always start with a base coat. Preferably with nail hardener in it.

Next, you’re going to do your base color. I needed two coats with this light blue color.

First color used Revlon: Cloud

Next, you’re going to use scotch tape to tape up each finger. You will need to work on a single hand at a time. It’s too difficult to handle everything with all your fingers taped up. You will need one piece of tape across the cuticle, and then one piece of tape for each side. I try to line up the tape with the nail/cuticle edge and then press the tape all around so its more streamline.

See the steps of putting tape on your fingers

After you tape up your fingers. Your going to set up your splatter area. Keep in mind this can get a little messy. When I first did this I used a plastic baggie, this time I used a piece of cardboard. You may also use a paper plate. Place 5-7 drops of polish in a little pool on the cardboard or plate. Dont try to spread it around, just drop the drops right on top of each other. Then dip the straw into the pool of polish.

Dip the straw into the polish. You will need a straw for each color you use.

Now quickly with a quick puff (like a blow dart in Indiana Jones) with your mouth through the straw to blast the polish. Now this is where you will just have to experiment with how big of a puff you give it. The best way was a quick directed puff close to the nail. Too far and you get it everywhere, too close and you get a giant splatter on the nail. Sometimes it looks cool, other times it just looks like a mistake. You may need to add additional drops of polish as the pool dries.

As you can see, splatter can get messy. That is why we use tape! Color used is Sally Hansen: Instant Iris

You’re almost there! LOL Now give your hand a minute to dry some before moving to your second splatter color. You will essentially recreate the process by making a pool of polish of the second color, dipping your straw and giving each finger a quick puff.

You may notice that your splatter looks “goopy” in areas. I thought I made a mistake while doing this but after two go arounds I know that the paint does still dry–but you must give it time! Patience is key with goopy polish globs. Second color used: Wet N Wild: Heavy metal

After giving your hand a moment to dry, you can now take the tape off your fingers and throw them away. Be careful! If your nails are still wet you could smear your splatter and it will be more difficult to fix since your other hand already has polish on it! Next step is cleaning all the splatter that still got on your hands. Get your nail polish remover ready! I switch between using a q tip for bigger areas and a manicure correcting pen when I want to get really close to the cuticle.

I stripped down the q tip a little more so its more precise. See how my other hand is still only base color?

Last step is giving your dried polish a nice shiny top coat. I learned about Seche Vite from the gals at Beauty Collection. It’s one of those top coats that extra special by bonding with the layer of polish below to strengthen the polish and prevent it from chipping off. Once dried, you can repeat the process with the other hand and Tad-ah! You’ve got yourself a new manicure design.

Final Result: Splatter Nails

Do you have a cool nail design? I’m always looking for new ones tor try out. If so, please share! I just started a community page on facebook to share our photos- I hope you will come and check it out.

Catch ya later! 😉

Splatter Nails

Below is my attempt at splatter nail design. It required me to tape each finger up with three pieces of tape (only to expose the nail).

You should first paint your nails with a basecoat color of your choice. Then choose 1-3 additional colors to “splatter” on. You will need straws to do this. I used straws from mcdonalds and they were pretty big. I suspect a thinner straw would have been easier.

Another thing I noticed is that holographic or metallic colors look the best with the splatter technique. Well, in my opinion.

I can’t wait to do this style again, but with different colors. What colors would you choose to do?