Coral reef printed nails

Aug 1, 2013 at 8:00 a.m. ET

Bring the magic of the ocean to you with these coral reef-inspired nails!

Coral reef painted nails |

Coral reef printed nails


  • Essie's Bikini So Teeny
  • American Apparel's Poppy
  • Small paint brush

Finish with a top coat



Base coat

Start with a blue base coat. We did three coats of blue for maximum color.

Coral reef printed nails


Hand paint

With the small paint brush, paint a red line across the nail. This will be the main line everything stems off from.

Coral reef printed nails

Paint a few more main stems off of this one. Continue painting smaller stems off of those until you're satisfied with the design.

Coral reef printed nails

You'll want to switch up the placement and size of the coral reefs so it looks more natural. Try to have some coming in from the side or top.

Coral reef printed nails



Finish with a top coat!

Coral reef painted nails |

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