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Nail design tutorial: The watercolor effect

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Swirl some color on your nails!

Use a few colors and nail polish remover to create the watercolor paint effect on your nails.

Watercolor manicure

Nail design tutorial: The water color effect | Sheknows.com -- final result

Supplies:

  • Medium paint brush
  • Nail polish remover
  • Essie's Lovie Dovie
  • SquareHue's Collins Avenue
  • SquareHue's Ocean Drive

Nail design tutorial: The water color effect | Sheknows.com -- supplies

Instructions:

1

Swatch & swirl

Nail design tutorial: The water color effect | Sheknows.com -- swatch and swirl

Nail design tutorial: The water color effect | Sheknows.com -- swatch and swirl

Working one nail at a time, apply all three colors in various swatches. Dip the paint brush in nail polish remover (not too much), and swirl the colors together. Add more color or nail polish remover as needed. (Note: Using too much remover will make your design have air bubbles.)

2

Clean up

Nail design tutorial: The water color effect | Sheknows.com -- clean up

Nail design tutorial: The water color effect | Sheknows.com -- final result

Clean up any excess polish around the nail with the acetone-soaked brush. Let the design dry and finish with a top coat.

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