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Makeup Wars – My Favorite DIY Nail Art Tutorials

By on February 17, 2014
in Makeup Wars, Nail Art, Revlon, Sally Hansen

DIY Nail Art Tutorials

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Confession: I’m not a DIY sort of gal. For instance, we specifically bought our house because we didn’t have to change a thing, besides a few paint colors. And any improvements we’ve made have been done by pros. I see friends reupholstering chairs in funky fabrics, stenciling their walls or jazzing up thrift store pieces with rivets, buttons, sequins, etc and I don’t have the slightest desire to do that.

For those reasons and more, when I heard this week’s Makeup Wars theme, DIY Beauty, I was hesitant. Yes, I dabble in nail art but it’s not my forte. I just don’t have the crafter gene. However, there are a couple nail art techniques I simply adore so I’m sharing them with you in hopes that if my non-Martha Stewart self can attempt them, so can you!

Tweed Nail Art

This is a look I created last summer, featuring the Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat polishes. It’s my original take on a Chanel tweed jacket and pretty easy to replicate. The feathered polishes are tricky to work with and remove but, in this capacity, they are fabulous!

Get The Look: You need a base color, feathered polish, black & white polish and nail art brush. Or you can use a white and black nail striping polish, like the new Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Stripers and I Heart Nail Art Pens. For more detailed instructions CLICK HERE.

I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri In Record Lime, Fuzzy Coat Tweedy, and Xtreme Wear White On & Black Out

DIY Tweed Nail Art Tutorial

Marble Nail Art

I’ve shown you marble nails in the past but not a tutorial on how to create them. I don’t know who originated the whole plastic wrap marble concept, I just know it wasn’t me. Regardless, it’s one of my favorite techniques for the dimension and interest it creates on the nail.

This was my first attempt at this technique using the Revlon Brilliant Strength line and it’s still one of best nail art looks I’ve worn.

Get The Look: Apply your base color (Revlon Beguile). Wait for it to completely dry. Cut up squares of plastic wrap. Ball them up to create a textured surface. Apply your second color over the base (Revlon Tempt). Tap the ball of plastic wrap on the nail. Clean up any polish on the skin using a brush dipped in remover and seal with top coat.
DIY Marble Nail Art Tutorial

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Are you crafty? What are your fave things to DIY? What nail art techniques have you mastered?

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  1. Lisa N. says:

    I love the marbled technique too!

  2. These are both gorgeous tutorials! I can’t wait to give them a try :)

  3. The tweed and marble is SUCH a great idea… I definitely need to try that tweed one asap

  4. Carleenc says:

    I love both of those! The tweed would be great for St Patrick’s Day!!!

  5. Phyrra says:

    I’ve tried the marble one before. The tweed is cute!

  6. I once tried a marble one but didn’t know what I was doing and it was awful. I’m going to be try to be brave and follow your directions though.

  7. Bailey says:

    Now that tweed pattern is one I can get behind! I love nail art, but am too impatient to make it happen. Your tutorials made polished designs look easy and effortless. Thanks!

  8. Fantastic tutorials Michelle! I haven’t tried saran wrap yet – looks pretty easy though, might give it a go next weekend! Thanks for sharing! xx

  9. Moni says:

    I love painting on my nails. Its just so much fun and if something is less than perfect, that’s ok. Tis lasts only two days and will be replaced. Im quite a crafter, but with things which don’t dry like polish… so there is always something less than perfect. On the other hand (no pun intended, haha) I like sketchy style, which has more energy in the lines and I’m no perfectionist.

    I really like your Tweed Mani! The saran wrap ypu can do like stamping, tpo. When you put the second color on something to “dab it up” … if you understand what I mean…? Anyway, i think this is a great technique and you can mix colours as well like this. Gives great effects!

    Greetings from Berlin!