Today we will be showing you how to do Nautical Half Moon nail art using nail polish, scotch tape, striping tape, and a striping brush.
Here is the finished look:
Please click the read more link below for the tutorial!
Find a nice bright red, navy blue, white, and a shimmery gold. Try to aim for a red and navy that aren’t too thick since we will be layering on top of them. The polishes I will be using for this look are piCture pOlish Vegas, piCture pOlish Vegas, Julep Sienna, and China Glaze Snow. You don’t have to use these exact colors, something similar will suffice. Patience, however, is mandatory.
Step 1: Paint a base layer of the red. piCture pOlish’s Vegas is potent enough that I only needed to use one coat. Allow ample time to dry, you’ll want to give it at least 5-10 minutes. I sometimes will put a top coat to speed up the drying time. Seche Vite Top Coat or Deborah Lippmann Addicted to Speed Top Coat usually do a pretty good job.
Step 2: Use either binder stickers or cut circular pieces of scotch tape to use as a mask. Binder stickers are easier to work with, I didn’t have any lying around so I used scotch tape. Tape your mask to the base of your nails.
Step 3: Paint navy blue over the layer of red and the mask. Allow ample time to dry, you’ll want to give this layer 10-15 minutes. (Each layer you add to your nail will add to the drying time.) The longer you wait, the less likely the paint will come off with the tape.
Here’s my handy dandy striping tape from Amazon (costs $1.65 for a set of 10).
Step 4: Cut your striping tape into roughly 1-1.5inch pieces. Then layer them vertically over the navy blue.
Step 5: Paint a layer of white over your nails.
Step 6: Let the paint for roughly a minute, peel the striping tape starting from the nail you painted the layer of white on first. After you peel the striping tape off, peel the binder sticker/scotch tape half moon mask off.
Step 7: Dab a bit of gold onto a striping brush.
Step 8: Line the edge where the red and the stripes meet with gold.
Step 9: Allow paint to dry for 10-15 minutes. Then finish it off with a top coat, and voila! (If you rush to paint the top coat too soon, the polish will smear).
Here’s the Pinterest Friendly Version!
Products used: piCture pOlish Vegas, piCture pOlish Freya’s Cats, China Glaze Snow, Julep Sienna, Seche Vite Top Coat