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