Wednesday, 27 July 2011

TUTORIAL - Grunge Glamour Pigment Spatter Nails

Ever wondered how you can incorporate loose eyeshadows and pigments into nail art? This is a really easy, fast way to make any bland nail polish seem 100x more interesting and use up any loose pigments you don't often reach for...

1. Remove any existing nail polish, file your nails into shape and apply a base coat. 

2. Paint your nails your desired base colour. On the last coat to achieve opacity, place a little pigment underneath your nail using a small brush/ orange stick/ cotton wool bud/ whatever small tool you have...

3. Working quickly, tilt your finger downwards and blow the pigment across your nail while the nail polish is still wet. It's easier to do steps 2 and 3 at one nail each, so the polish doens't dry before you blow the pigment across.

 4. Once the base colour has dried completely, blow your nails again to remove any excess pigment. Now apply a topcoat, the topcoat will drag the pigment across in streaks, giving a pretty cool aged effect.

5. Bask in the glory of your awesome nails!

I USED
China Glaze 'Strong Adhesive Base Coat', Avon 'Blackened Red' polish, Shiro Cosmetics 'Shall Not Be Mourned' pigment, unbranded topcoat.

There you go! Simple, fast and effective nail art! I think metallics over dark bases look most effective - gold over black, silver over navy and so on. You could even use glitter instead of pigment - how awesome would that be?! Have a go and see what you come up with :)

What's your favourite nail art technique?

21 comments:

cait said...

Very cool! I am definitely going to try this. I actually have that exact pigment, so I may use it with a dark green creme.

Tamsin said...

That looks awesome! You could try it with so many colours and shades aswel. Great post! xxx

Jade. said...

Love this idea! definately trying it! x

Alhrayth said...

ohhhh that's a fun idea! I think I have the very same Avon polish, and it sits unused in one of my nailpolish boxes... I might try to do just this!

kia said...

looks great, i just got some andrea fulerton glitter puffs which is similar to this :) x

Kristen said...

thats such an awesome idea!

Kelly said...

this is such a great idea! I love this!

Morgaine said...

I am going to try this sometimes, what a cool effect!!

Darling Girl said...

That is so cool! I might have to try this sometime. Thanks for the great tutorial!

Claire said...

this is really cool, I think i'll try it out :)

frilly-lace-knickers said...

wow this looks absolutely amazing xx

Rocaille said...

I like that color combo a lot, so pretty!

Liz said...

This looks really cool. I should try this out.
Right now I'm really into nail marbling.

musicndaydreams said...

Ooh I love this! Will definitely give this a go :)

Lois xx

Makeup Morsels said...

Gorgeous! I'll definitely give this a try soon.

Holly Arabella said...

This effect is really lovely, the colour combination is really great! I don't think I could achieve this look so easily however, I'd have pigment flying everywhere!

Nicole1275 said...

love it I need to try this thanks

Demonicsmurfette said...

Oooh, love that! I can find a use for all the pigments that have been languishing in my drawer!

Julia M said...

This looks seriously cool, it rarely works so beautifully when I try it! My last combination was bright blue polish/copper dust. Yours has that lovely vintage/aged effect :)

Corina Muru said...

That's a really nice ideea and seems easy to do, perfect for someone as lazy as me, when it comes to nails :)). I just discovered your blog and I'm really glad I did! :)

Beauty's Bad Habit said...

@ EVERYONE! It's way easy, just make sure you tilt your nail down and onto paper or something you can wipe clean before you blow it! I ended up with pigment all over my A3 sketch pad haha.

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