Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Nail Art Tutorial: "Beach Inspired" Nails

I am off for a busy Tuesday, I hope things are looking better as Monday did not start off right, let's stay positive and let's thank the Lord each day we open our eyes, for the chance to go through TODAY, for the gift of Life!

To celebrate the gift of life, I am celebrating with "Beach Inspired" nails.  Though rainy season is here, my nails do not have to look gloomy!  Here's my "yet another sponge method" that I learned via a reader who sent me a link!  Thanks Jenny!

Here's my "Beach Inspired" nails using different flowers

Step 1:
Apply your favorite base coat to protect your nails especially if your polish color is loud.  Apply 2 coats of yellow polish and blue polish (alternately applied).  I used BNC Polish in Yellow and Elianto Polish in Turquoise.
Tip: You can use any 2 color combination of your choice.

Step 2:
Thanks to reader for requesting this sponge method. I've used a different method this time using eye makeup sponge.  If you can't seem to use this for your eyes, you can use this to create good looking unique nails! 

Brush on the BNC Yellow Polish onto the sponge applicator

Press excess on a sheet of paper if necessary, then gently tap on top of the dried polish base

Brush Elianto Polish in Turquoise on the opposite sponge tip applicator, 
again, press excess on a sheet of paper if necessary

Gently pat on top of your yellow nails
Repeat if necessary for gradient color to show up

Step 3:
Apply a sparkling gold polish on top of the "gradient" effect.  I am using Chic Polish or you can use any glitter polish of your choice.

Step 4:
Using my white Prettynails' 2 way nail art pen.  Create 5 dots for flowers, use the needle method to create a different type of flowers as shown on photo below.


Note: Create a sharp tip on both edges for a different flower look

Step 5:
Apply a red sparkly polish via L.A. Art Deco as a flower bud or rhinestones if you have enough time.

Step 6:
Making sure all the dots are dry, top your nail art with your preferred top coat.  I am using Elianto Top Coat at the moment.  Give The Face Shop one a rest :)

Beach Inspired nails ready to face the world!
Now let me play that Beach Boys song!  Any request?

Hope this sponge method is easier to the nail art lovers out there who wants to give another nail art a try.  I know I am a bit late with the sponge method, but hey?  It's never too late to get addicted!

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!


  1. woooow, how great is that ?!
    really like it.

    xoxo lala

    come and visit me

  2. This is so soooo pretty, Nikki! I love it!

  3. love the beach feel! my nails are on weird combo now: bright pink and neon green :P

  4. looks wicked!!!! tagged you in a post!

  5. This is so super pretty!! :D Perfect for the beach too!! You're amazing Nikki!! :D

  6. great job!i really like it! nice color combo!


  7. Absoutely pretty mani tutorial..I love it.. Love the colors combination..

  8. great !!! i do look forward for you to try it!!!

  9. love it... i also have some flowers dots on my nails now.. LOL

  10. Such a cute design. I have the same Elianto polish but I forgot all about it until I saw this post now. :P

    And the flowers look adorable too.

  11. I simply love this design and the sponge technique. u are so smart!

  12. So pretty! You did a great job!

  13. WOW! Thanks for the awesome sponge tip! I'm gonna try this one out now!

  14. ooh. so pretty! too bad I can't wear polish at work. rawr!

  15. Super colourful and cute! the flowers are a nice touch :)

  16. the sponge tip applicator method is neat! i shall try it out.
    love the colors you put together! and i'm always amazed how you can do both hands haha

  17. Looks great! Thanks for this tutorial. I would like to design my nail using this tutorial.

  18. Thanks girls! I am on the roll with nail art tutorials because of everyone's support :)

  19. ooohh..i la la la love! :))


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