About a couple of months ago, I tried a new nail art design called splatter nails. The splatter was created using none other than a humble piece of straw. I knew it was going to be messy. So, I made sure I prepared everything, including covering the surface with old newspapers to catch all the miss-fired nail polish.
What I used:
– Essie Blanc (base)
– Essie In The Cab-ana
– Zoya Audrina
– Essie The More The Merrier
– NCLA Mulholland Maneater
– a piece of straw
Not pictured are white glue, a small synthetic angled brush to clean up the edges, nail polish remover and old newspaper. Oh, and a pair of scissors to cut the straw.
I have heard many nail bloggers out there suggesting to apply white glue on the skin around the nail for easy cleanup. I thought, hey, this is the perfect chance for me to try it out.
Alright, here’s the low down. It wasn’t as easy as I thought. I had to dip and blow out the straw so many times to get any sort of splatter. Believe me, I was half-spitting already. Even if there’s any, the splatter ended up on everywhere except on my nails. It was frustrating on the first, say, 30 blows?
Got to work quick too. The polish has to be wet and I believe the runnier it is, the better. I
wasted used a lot of polish for this nail art. The straw must be cut every few dips because the end will get clumpy and you don’t want that. You want to work with a clean end and wet polish.
Behold, the mess:
They’re AWESOME. It was like going back to my high school era where I spent most of the time playing with paints. Obviously, I was sweating inside about the cleanup process. Thank goodness I put that white glue beforehand. Albeit, I should’ve applied a thicker coat, but that was a huge help already.
After spending some serious amount of time peeling the glue off, removing the splatter with nail polish remover, and of course applying a top coat, I was left with these:
Neat, eh? I love how each nail is like a piece of art in itself.
It’s time and energy consuming, but the result was definitely worth it. The boy gave his stamp of approval on this, big time :)
P.S. Jackson Pollock, who? Here. Have fun.