Tie Dye Nails Tutorial

Summer trend is here and its all about being colorful again. Tie dye has been a hot trend lately and they are not limited to just being on the clothes. I thought they would look pretty on nails and its fun creating such pattern onto my nails. It’s really easy and here’s a short pictorial tutorial for you.

Tie Dye Nails - What You'll Need

What you’ll need is:

  1. Base coat and top coat
  2. Base color
  3. A selection of colors (minimum 3 shades)
  4. Nail polish remover with cotton
  5. Needle

Tie Dye Nails - Step One Apply Base Coat

Applying base coat is really important to strengthen your nails and prevent discoloration of your nails. Its a coat to help to protect your nail bed.

Tie Dye Nails - Step Two Apply Base Color

Before you start on any tie dye shades, you want to ensure having base color on your nails. Best to select light shades. Do allow this base color to dry completely.

Tie Dye Nails - Step Three Stripes of Colors

This is the fun part of creating the tie dye shades. I have selected five bright shades to play with and simply dab and create stripes of colors like above. You want to go quickly onto next step.

Tie Dye Nails - Step Four Stroke With Needle

Once you have the stripes of color on, you want to quickly pick up the needle and gently create strokes across it as shown above. If you’re not quick enough for this step, your nail polish will become dry and the pattern will not appear well. Once you’re done, allow this to dry completely and do clean the needle with nail polish remover, otherwise it will not go smoothly for your next nail.

Tie Dye Nails - Step Five Seal with Top Coat

Once the pattern is dry, seal your design with a top coat ¬†and you’re done!

Tie Dye Nails 2

Here is the result of my first attempt of tie dye nails. You can try to layer different sequence of color strips to experience different mash of colors.

Tie Dye Nails 3

This is on my left hand which appears nicer since I got the hang of it. Please excuse those dry and peeling cuticles. Somehow this tie dye pattern does seems like marbling too. Different color combination will give different look and feel to it. Have fun and good luck!


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    • Thanks, although it was the first time but I think it isn’t too bad.

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