June 3, 2011

Neon Splatter Mani + Tutorial!

Happy Friday! Today I have something totally out of the norm for me, nail art AND a tutorial...yes, you are on The PolishAholic, I promise you didn't wander somewhere else lol

A while ago, probably about a year ago, I posted a blood splatter mani, I would link it but the pictures pain me to look at, you can go back and find it if you want though lol. I've been wanting to do that mani again and finally started toying with it the other day, if you follow me on twitter you might have seen a twitpic of my new improved blood splatter mani. I'll add a better photo of it at the very bottom of this post. When I posted the twitpic I got a lot of people asking how I did it so I decided to do a tutorial for you guys!

For the tutorial I wanted to mix it up and use summery neons, the result I think is pretty fun! I hope you like it as much as I do! I used OPI Alpine Snow as a base and the splatters are China Glaze Pink Voltage, China Glaze Kiwi Cool-Ada and China Glaze Sun Worshiper.

Here is what this will look like all done, fun right?!? I like this kind of nail art because it takes no skill and is practically impossible to mess up aka. the only kind of nail art I am good at!



Alright, tutorial time. Hope this makes sense...this is a first for me! What you will need:

Scotch Tape
Paper Plate
Straws (I use 1 straw per color, so for this I used 3 straws)
Fun polish colors to splatter on your nails!

Once you paint on your base color let it dry completely then tape around your nail (this nail art gets messy!). It will look like the picture below, I wrap the pieces of tape completely around my finger. Excuse the black base color in this one, originally I was going to use black as a base but the neons didn't look so great over it so I decided to use white as a base color instead.

p.s. I never realized how hard it was to take a picture of tape, there is a piece going across right above my cuticle but you can't really see it :D


Once I get all the fingers on 1 hand taped up I grab the first color I want to splatter onto my nail. I typically do one hand at a time, mostly because trying to hold a straw with your fingers covered in tape is no easy task! For one hand I put 5-6 drops of the polish on a paper plate. You won't use that much on one hand but you need to be able to dip the straw into the polish. Below is the amount I use. If the plate does not work for you try dipping the straw directly into the bottle of polish. I don't like to use that method because I tend to dip the straw in more than I need to and I waste more polish...but it is a little easier, especially if you are having a problem getting enough polish on the straw!



Alright, now the fun part! You dip your straw into the polish and then aim it at your nails and blow through the un-dipped end to splatter the polish onto your nail. I find that a strong fast puff of air works best (lol). If it doesn't work the first time keep trying, sometimes I don't get enough polish on the straw and when I blow to splatter it onto my nail nothing happens...just dip the straw into the polish and try again!  I do one hand at a time one color at a time, so I will do all the orange on one hand then pick my next color and follow the same steps.

Once you are done with all your colors your nail/finger will probably look like the photo below. See why I use the tape, cleanup without it would suck!


Once you are done carefully peel the tape off. There will still probably be polish on the skin around the nail, below is what it looked like when I peeled off the tape. To get the polish off my skin & cuticle I pull out my trusty cleanup brush (a cheap-o angled eyeliner brush from Target) and acetone. If you don't have acetone you can use regular polish remover, it will just take a little more effort. I dip my brush into the acetone and remove whatever polish is on the skin and cuticle. For a great tutorial on how to clean up like I did on this mani check out Polish Or Perish!


Hopefully that all made sense, if you have any questions feel free to ask them in the comments!

Edited 6/27/11 to add some info about the straws I use. I've been getting the question a lot so I thought I should update this post with the info! I use drinking straws I bought at Ikea, I bought them a while back because it was $1.50 for 200 of them and I'm cheap lol. They are on Ikea's website here. They are a bit smaller than a regular straw you would get somewhere like McDonalds but bigger than something like a coffee stirrer. I pulled out a couple straws I had to compare the size which you can see in the photo below. If you guys are having problems with your straws I would keep trying a bunch of different ones until you find one that works for you...I didn't try using these Ikea straws until my 3rd try doing these mani's!



Here is the blood splatter mani I mentioned earlier! For this I used Sally Hansen Without A Stitch as a base and Mac Obey Me for the splatter! I think adding these pictures is a great example of the different looks you can get by doing this...the splatters look totally different. It's all in the way you blow the polish onto the nail!


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98 comments:

  1. I love it! Great tutorial, very thourough and detailed :) I have to try this out!

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  2. this looks amazing, both of manis :-D
    really great idea, thanks for leting us know ;-)

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  3. Jen! This is sooooo cool! I am definitely trying this next. It looks awesome!

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  4. that is SO cool! seriously the best thing ever! great idea! <3

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  5. This is so awesome! I think this is some nail art I can actually manage lol. Thanks for the tutorial, I'll be sure to give you a shout out when I replicate this look! xx

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  6. The blood splatter turned out better than I thought it would! That looks really awesome. I like how airy it is, and how it looks like it's in the polish.
    - Liz

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  7. Excellent tutorial. I shall now have to do this because of the quality of the instruction given even though I am such a klutz and will make a rubbish job of it.

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  8. This. Is. AWESOME. I freaking love it so much. I'm going to try that this week! And you know I suck at nail art, but I think I can do that. I love both of these! I want to do the blood spatter one around Halloween. :)

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  9. awesome! i think i have some neon splattering in my future.

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  10. Wow, that's an amazing idea!! Thank you^^ I think I could try that....:D

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  11. OMG I cannot wait to try this!! Thank you for the tips <333 I love the blood splatter mani lol.

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  12. Awesome! I just posted another of my splatter manicures last night. Great minds think alike! Although I think your straw method is far superior to my method of just making my poor boyfriend fling polish at me!

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  13. Wow! Thank you everyone...all your comments have totally made my day! I'm glad you all like this, and that my tutorial makes sense, I was worried it wouldn't!

    @April LOL, your method sounds like much more fun than mine does!

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  14. OMG! I love this!! I will definitely be trying it soon. I loooove the neon one, neons are my favorite.
    Thank you so much for sharing!!

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  15. So cool! Thanks for sharing this

    ;***

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  16. wow...interesting technique

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  17. Okay I'm so doing this in the near future!! A great way to get several colors on one nail. It's Awesome plus seems a lot easier than water marbling!

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  18. I love this look! I really appreciate the tutorial because I never would have thought to do this on my own and even if I had, I wouldn't have known how.

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  19. this is AWESOME! what a great idea :)

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  20. That is AWESOME!! I suck at nail art (lol no pun intended)...maybe I could manage this one!! Thanks! I never would have thought of this on my own. :)
    Ashley

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  21. This looks awesome, I think I'll do the neon on white for when I go to Dayglow!! :D

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  22. amazing! i will definitely have to try this out some time!

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  23. They're both freaking gorgeous . I love them .

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  24. Love it, I am so going to try this technique out.

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  25. What a great idea! When it comes to nail art, I'd just be a giant hot mess. I guess this is my type of thing. Haha, your nails look surprisingly neat. (:

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  26. Great tutorial - I spent my entire commute thinking about how you did this after I saw your twitpic.

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  27. So creative, I love it! Definitely going to try the blood one for Halloween :)

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  28. Love the pictures and what a fun tutorial I can definitely see many people doing this and getting this "one of a kind effect on every nail...that's very,, very cool. The final result is a lovely adorable and cute mani...

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  29. I am so doing this!! This will be great way to use all the neons I buy & never seem to wear too. great tutorial. And I LOVE the blood splatter one...reminds me of my favorite tv show Dexter-lol!

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  30. This is insanely creative and amazing for a summer mani! I'm totally doing this ASAP!

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  31. love it! looks way easier and less messy than water marbling. thanks!

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  32. OMGosh this is AMAZING! WOW! I am so going to have to try this out! And I'm sure my son will be clamoring for me to let him help when he figures out what I'm doing XD

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  33. This is so awesome! I can't wait to try it! I really love the blood spatter mani too. I totally wanna try it for when True Blood comes back on!

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  34. Great tutorial! I want to try this because my hands are not nearly steady enough for nail art :)

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  35. OOOOOH that's awesome! I saw your twitpic earlier but had not idea how you created this. I am SO gonna do this when I get bored :D!

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  36. This looks so fun! I will have to try it out :D

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  37. Love it! Definitely trying it once I remove all the glitter I have on my nails atm!

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  38. The blood spatter one looks so creepy :) Have you tried it over black?

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  39. Love this look! May have to try it for my blog next :)

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  40. Amazing! I love the first one with the multi colors - gives off a tie dye nail look! I have to get with a friend and give this one a try! Thanks so much! A way to use my white polish that is sleepy along with some of my brighter, less used shades.

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  41. However did you think of doing this? I LOVE both of the manicures. There's millions of combinations you can do. This is a favorite manicure, if I had a list this would be in the top 5!

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  42. They look amazing and the blood splatter one is awesome! Great idea, I have to try this one day :)

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  43. Now that is HOTNESS! The blood splatter is the best ZOMBIE nails EVER!!! Look for a repeat of this come Halloween. :)

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  44. the blood splatter one is AWESOME! reminds me of dexter actually haha

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  45. This is so very cool! It totally reminds me of the 80s and wearing neon everything! LOL I love it - thanks for the tutorial, too!

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  46. cool tutorial. I'm going to try!

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  47. Thank you for posting this!! I'd seen this method before, but totally forgot about it. Now I can try it again, since I've been reminded of it!

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  48. Awesome! I can't wait to try it this weekend! I'll be posting my results on my blog and I'm linking this post..sweet!

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  49. @Jackie S.

    yay! I can't wait to see how yours turns out!

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  50. Pretty and fun! 1 question: how far back to you have the straw from your nail? THX.

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  51. @Micki

    Usually I have the straw about 3-4 inches away from my nail, sometimes a little bit closer

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  52. I feel stupid because I can't figure it out. I'll keep trying but I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong.

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  53. @Allison

    :( what isn't working for you? I can try to help!

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  54. I'm not sure- I dip the straw in the polish and blow and it doesn't come out. I tried dipping more polish and it still doesn't work.

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  55. @Allison

    Try dipping the straw directly into the bottle of polish, it sounds like you aren't getting enough on there. If that doesn't work I would try a different kind of straw

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  56. It worked :) I can leave the link to my blogpost NOTD on it when I make one if you'd like.

    and Thanks!

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  57. @Allison

    that would be great! Can't wait to see it!

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  58. Here it is :)

    It's fun!

    http://allisonsloves.blogspot.com/2011/06/splatter-manicure-nail-of-day.html

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  59. I love love love these, I've tried this look before with a hollowed out pen, it didn't work, I can't wait to try this!

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  60. Question-- do you use a full size drinking straw, or a skinny coffee-stirrer type one?

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  61. @Shieldmaiden96

    the ones I use are a teeny bit smaller than a regular drinking straw. I got them at Ikea!

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  62. thanks for the tutorial! This looks like a lot of fun! I really love the blood splatter mani, great for halloween or parties :)

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  63. very nice cool and i have to try this
    love it!

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  64. Hi Im new to you but I've done something like this where you drop polish into a cup of water and stir a design and to prep around the nail instead of tape I used petroleum jelly (actually I used Vick's rub bc it was all I had:) and that worked great. So easy.

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  65. @JenniBee


    Watermarbling! I've tried that but more times than not it just doesn't work out to well for me lol!

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  66. thank you sooooooooooo much for explaining this in detail. i've been trying to find a more detailed description of how to do this for a while!

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  67. cool....reminds me of grade school art assignment.....

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  68. Awesome tutorial! This looks like fun, I'm going to try it :)

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  69. Great post, I will definitey be trying this out!!
    xoxo,
    k.k.

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  70. This tutorial is great. I have some tiny straws. This looks like fun! I'll probably need to cover the whole table in newspaper like it's time for fingerpaint in kindergarten class :-D

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  71. I found it easier to use an used toothbrush actually then struggle with straws

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  72. Wow, so cool, I hope it's ok that I mentioned you on my blog? I put a link to you page.

    Thanks!

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  73. the effect will be different if we use toothbrush. the splatter should be smaller and sparse...

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  74. Made my first splatter mani today, so much fun and a great result! Thanks for a great tutorial, I will mention you in my blogpost about it

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  75. That looks like something even a nail polish newbie could do. Thanks! I'll give it a try. I especially like the neons!

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  76. Great tutorial, I might give this nail art a try (I am usually messy so maybe my flaws won't be really noticeable here) :-)

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

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  78. I'm pretty sure it would, the splatters would just be very small!I bet it will look good though!

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  79. This looks so cool, I definitely want to try it :) I recently did a blood splatter look myself, yours came out great :)

    Xo, Christine♥
    http://christineiversen.blogspot.com

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  80. I Just completed my first splatter mani and I love it! great idea! Although it was messy but totally worth it. I think the next time I will try acrylic paint instead of polish. I think it will dry faster and I wont feel like I am wasting so much polish.
     

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  81. I just tried this and I love it soo much! :D
    here's mine: http://livingforthememory.tumblr.com/post/13082356525/my-amazing-splatter-paint-nails-d-tutorial (:
    can't wait to try more colors!

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  82. so awesome - here is my try! http://clawsup.blogspot.com/2011/12/my-first-splatter.html

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  83. So creative! I'm not much for nail art (since I'm lazy) but anything this easy I'm up for.

    www.beautynthingsblog.com

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  84. A useful tip I discovered:  When doing cool nail art that can be messy (like this or the water marbeling technique) you can skip the tape and just paint around your nails (on your finger) with Vaseline.  I found that a super cheap and stiff bristled brush works best.  That way, you don't have tape flapping every where, and when your done, you simply wipe off the vaseline to leave behind clean fingers, AND moisturized skin!  It works great.

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  85. that was kool but next time can u show us how to splatter the paint from the straw to the nail plzz like video would kind of help aa little better thank u though for the tips they were awesome and cool

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  86. THANK YOU, FINALLY one tutorial that is clear for me. I've wanted to do this for ages but it never worked. Hope next time it will :) so thank you (for if that wasn't clear already)!!!!

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  87. fantasic designs, you can get so many diffrent looks. im totally going to try this today for the queens jubilee. thank you so much xx

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  88. this is so great.  when you blow the straw toward your nails, do you aim at one night at a time? or the general whole one hand at once?

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  89. looks amazing!!! want to try i want to get all the neon colors!!!!

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  90. Wow...it's so creative! Awesome idea!

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