Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Nail Art Tutorial: "First Sponge Nail Art"

Blogger friends are truly an inspiration.  A dearest blogger Xin, who I fondly call my long lost sister, because of our love for nail art is fond of nail art designs as much as I do.  I saw a couple of her "gradient" nails using "sponge" and I told her I'll be trying them out myself but things got pretty..well...I got pretty OLD busy and I tend to forget!  Glad I remembered over the weekend because its one of the easiest nail art I've tried that most of the "first time nail art" designers can try at home! 

Here's my "First Sponge Nail Art" design finishing it up with Prettynails' Stickers!

Step 1:
Apply a base coat to protect your nails prior to nail polish application.  After try, choose you base polish.  I used 2 coats of OPI Nail Lacquer Suzi and the Lifeguard making sure its completely dry.

Step 2:
Use "nail art sponge" that can be bought on your nail art stores or Ebay, or in my case, I went through hubby's "trash" and found a gold mine!  A porous sponge!  *laughs*  I will teach you guys how to do DIY sponge for nail art on a separate post soon!

I used ELF Nail Polish in Royal Purple and paint it on the sponge itself, dab excess on paper, and with a "stamping" motion, dap on top of the tip of your nails for that "gradient" effect.

Step 3:
This gets a bit messy so feel free to clean the sides of your nails with cotton buds soaked with nail polish remover.

Step 4:
This step is optional, if you want "sparkly "effect, apply sparkly polish on sponge and dab it on top of the purple shade.

Step 5:
You can top the "Spongey" Nail Art Design with a clear coat or top coat for a simple nail design.  You can go further by adding up 3D Design Nail Stickers.

Step 6:
Use a tweezer to gently lift the stickers and stick on the preferred area of your nails.  Be creative!

Step 7:
Top the design with your favorite top coat.  I prefer to apply 2 coats of The Face Shop's Top Coat to prevent the white 3d stickers from getting dirty.

Voila!  My First Sponge Nail Art with 3D Floral Designs

How do you find my first experiment?
Do check back on a quick post on how to do DIY Nail Art Sponge.

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!


  1. This is so cute sis!!! Winner to be exact!!! You should open a nail spa of your own I am sure it would be amazing!!!

  2. ur first time to do the sponging technique and it looked like a pro!!!!!! love it nikki!!!!

  3. Oh my, what a cool idea! It turned out great! Very pretty and not messy at all. :)

  4. Very nice Nikki!
    I will try the sponge effect in my next nail art too!
    You are such an inspiration!

  5. wow, I think you did an amazing job! I love this look! I just might have to give it a try myself!!

  6. Hi! New follower here! :) Thanks for the great tutorial. I'm gonna have to try it. =D


  7. sweet! i am proud to have inspired u sis :D i want to top up with stickers too :P lemme find some free time to sponge again :D

  8. wow!

    it's been a while since i did the sponging technique in doing nail arts. I cut my nails now for they're getting yellow-er already, so i can't do nail arts for the meantime.

    i like that purple polish!

  9. i love the design, it looks so girly! wow pwede pala ordinary sponge lang hehe will try this technique next time.

  10. great tutorial! thank you very much for it :)
    drey jewelry.

  11. Gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial.

  12. Thanks for this great tutorial! Your tutorials are always great =)

  13. I love love loooove those tips. I wish I could wear looks like this to work. :( But I can only have fun on the weekends. And by then, I'm too lazy to do my nails. LOL!

  14. so CUTE CUTE CUTE! and simple! ='.'=

  15. Thank you girls for giving me the confidence to try more new "nail art" stuffs :)

  16. I really loved your nail art tutorials! I spent a long time just looking through the different ones you have, really really great! I can't wait for more :)



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