Tuesday, May 8, 2012

IKAT Nail Tutorial

Hi everyone! Recently the ikat nail pattern has become pretty popular I think now it might be dying down (?) so I'm a little late, but that's okay! It's still a really great easy fool-proof nail art design that can be done pretty quickly and takes pretty no much no nail art skill. That is my type of nail art, friends! So, let's get to it!

 Click "read more" for the full tutorial & pictures!
(Not Pictured) Tools: White polish, Black polish, two other polishes of your choice, Striper brush, cleanup stuff (acetone, brush or oragestick).
 1. Start with your base color, let dry.
2. Paint disproportionate circles, or little clouds in white (you want them to be kind of tall not wide) with the nail polish brush. Some people perfer little "bubbly triangles".
3. Paint dashes or lines inside the white (don't cover all of the white) with the nail polish brush.
4. Using your striper and black nail polish paint with tiny, light upward strokes around the entire perimeter of the white 'blobs'. You can see on some of the blobby thing that were only halfway on my nail I didn't paint black all around but others I did. It just depends on what you like better. Finish off with 1-3 little lines or dots in the middle of each pattern.
5. (two bottom pictures under instructions) Apply 1-2 coats of topcoat to create a smooth glossy finish.

Colors Used: Essie - All in one base, Wet n' Wild - Sunny Side Up 2 coats, (white) Wet n' Wild -French White Creme, (blue) NYC quick dry - Water Street Blue, (black) Wet n' Wild - Black Creme, NYC quick dry topcoat - 2 coats.  

I hope this worked out well for you! Send me pictures!

- xoxo Alexis Leigh

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