For today’s tutorial, things get messy – Jackson Pollock/grade school art messy, and we couldn’t be more happier with the results. We’ve been wanting to test out a splatter manicure for a long time and we finally found the perfect colour combination we were looking for. Make sure you have a large area to work with & no valuable things are too close by!

Step 1: After applying a base coat, paint nails with two coats of China Glaze – Pelican Grey. If you follow nail polish & nail polish trends you will know of the loooong gray trend that happened about a year ago. Out of nowhere everyone was ripping Essie – Chinchilly off the shelves and looking for the perfect gray hue. Gray is a great alternative to a nude for an everyday nail. We found our favourite in China Glaze’s – Pelician Gray from their Anchor’s Away Sea Spray collection. This colour is a light creme base dove gray with hints of silver shimmer and was our favourite from the whole collection. Once your base colour has dried, tape sides of nails – try to get as close to the nail as possible for easier clean up (things will now get extremely messy).

Step 2: Cut a straw into three pieces, one for each colour. We have a feeling a cocktail straw would be absolutely perfect for this nail art but couldn’t find one anywhere, so we just used a regular drinking straw. Dip the end of the straw into your first polish and make sure to cover the hole in the bottom. Maybe our straw was too big but we could NOT cover the bottom, so ended up chewing the base of the straw for a smaller opening. Our first colour was Essie – Red-y Set Ex, this red has just a hint of pinkishness to it & seems to be the red we gravitate towards most. With the opening covered in polish blow out the top of the straw towards the nail creating a splatter on your nail.

Step 3: Repeat previous step using OPI – Fly from the Nicki Minaj collection. We are still in love with everything about this colour/polish/collection & highly recommend this shade if you don’t have something similar in your collection. With the addition of a new colour, we tried to strategically blow the polish in the open areas.

Step 4: Repeat previous step using OPI – Fiercely Fiona. This polish was from the Shrek collection, we remember seeing the shades from this collection and being like WHOA, when will we ever need a bright yellow/green polish? (obviously bought it anyway) & today is the day! Try to cover up the remaining holes with your final colour.

You can keep the process going with as many colours as you like. Once you are done, take off the tape and clean up the polish around your nails. We use a thicker nail art brush dipped in remover to get in close around the sides, but a qtip works just as well. There are SO MANY ways to do the splatter mani – ombre shades, metallics, add glitter (always), neons, etc. If you hesitate with a lot of nail art – we really recommend you try this one, it is super simple and looks great when completed. Show us your splatter on twitter or fb & let us know what you think of ours!

  1. intomind says:

    this is so cool!

  2. TopCoatIt says:

    I’ve tried this with a regular straw and a coffee straw; the regular straw worked better. While the regular straw is bigger and harder to cover the opening; the coffee straw was too small to really move any air through. I could cover the opening, but couldn’t get enough air through the straw to splat anything. I think your “chew the end” step is the perfect solution! It makes the opening smaller so you can cover it, but the straw is still large enough to move the air through. If I ever try another straw splatter, I’ll remember to chew the ends first.

  3. kayatee says:

    J’adore this idea!! The final product is really unique and I can definitely see the inspiration source. I’ll be giving this a try myself.

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