Tie-Dye and Glitter Nail Tutorial from Star Blogger Chelsea King!
by Jill Russell
Published Jun 1, 2013
We already shared our Q &A with the extremely talented and accomplished nail art blogger Chelsea King. As promised, here's our second step-by-step nail tutorial she created in our Los Angeles studio. The look part tie-dye, part glitz and glam, and totally eye-catching. Here's everything you need to try it out yourself.
What you need
neutral nail polish
three bright nail polish colors of your choice
scrap of paper (to use as a palette)
1: Start with a layer of basecoat. We used Nubar Foundation Base Coat.
2: Two coats of neutral polish. We Used OPI Nail Lacquer in My Vampire is Buff.
3: Let that dry for a few minutes.
4: Then, using a color of your choice, add a few dots of polish across the nail. Dip small brush in acetone and then dab over the top of polish to create a watercolor effect. We used a pink, Nails Inc. London Nail Polish in Kensington Palace Gardens.
5: Repeat step 4 to layer on a new color. We did neon green, Floss Gloss LTD Pro Nail Lacquer in Con Limon.
6: Repeat step 4 with yet another layer of color. This time, we went with bright blue, Color Club Professional Nail Lacquer in Evolution.
7: For a touch of glitz, apply individual glitter pieces on nails. To do it, put a few dabs of topcoat on your slip of paper. Dip toothpick in topcoat, then use it to pick up a piece of glitter. You can add glitters randomly for a sparkle accent, or do an orderly stripe down the middle, as we did here. Removing glitter polish when you're done is easy.
8: Finish with topcoat like Seche Vite Dry Fast Topcoat.
Tip: Acetone can leave cuticles dry and parched. To moisturize and smooth the delicate skin around the nails, finish your mani with a cuticle cream or serum. Chelsea recommends Julep Mighty Nail & Cuticle Serum.
Did you try your hand at Chelsea's custom design? Show us your manis below in the comments!