Thursday, June 16, 2011

Splatter Nail Art Tutorial

Here is the tutorial for the splatter nail art that I posted the other day.

Finished product looked like this:

How I did it: 

What you will need:
  • 1 Straw. A normal sized straw will work and possibly a smaller straw from a juice box. Large straws will not work for this.
  • Piece of paper to practice on and work over top of.
  • Base Color
  • Splatter colors
  • Foil
  • Tape
  • Cleanup brush
  • Acetone

Step 1: Pick your base color and paint your nails with the base color. I used WnW French White Creme. Allow the base color to dry before moving to step 2.

Step 2: Pick your colors, for this I used 5 colors as pictured below.

Step 3: This step is optional and could be done several ways. I used scotch tape to tape off my fingers to limit the mess. I really hate taping off my fingers so I only did this for left hand and it honestly wasn't that bad cleaning up my right hand without taping it. I have also heard that you can use vaseline or chapstick to keep the polish from getting on your skin. Sine I was using pure acetone to clean up my mani, the cleanup didn't take very long. 

Step 4: I use foil for this but you can use what every you want. Take one of the colors and put a drop or two of polish on the foil.

Step 5: Take your straw and dip it in the polish.

The polish should form a film on the tip of the straw and look like this:

Step 6: Take the straw and blow through the straw. I practiced on a piece of paper first to get a feel for how close the straw should be to the nail and how hard to blow. It really just takes a little practice to get a feel for it. After doing it a few times then move to your nails. I did one or two splatters of the first color on each nail and then did the rest of the colors in the same way.

Step 7: Using acetone, cleanup the edges where the polish spattered on your skin and cuticles. I have a tutorial on cleanup here. Top two are cleaned up and bottom two are not cleaned up:


If you have any questions about this tutorial please feel free to ask :) 


  1. Nice tutorial, these nails look so cool!!

  2. I really need to try this! Thanks for sharing! I'll blog about it once I do it!

  3. Do you think one of those small, like coffee stirring straws would work?

  4. OMG! You are so AMAZING! :) This is great! I am going to try it!! I'll let you know how it turns out!

    xoxo, nykki

  5. OMG this is so cool! I will have to try it! Thanks for sharing:)

  6. In India, where starters have great passion for nice effects on nails, basic designs are always aspired. Nail art in Delhi is also a great place where one could visit the nails at Zoe nails & practice at home. A smart hobby could make you go places in life & this is the beauty of a novice desire to learn nail art.

  7. This is a great tutorial!!! Thanks so much

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