Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Nail Art Tutorial: "M&M" Nails

Mr. AMW is fond of chocolates!  Buying him chocolates as a "surprise" before I head back home is the easiest, no-brainer gift!  One chocolate he adores are M&Ms!  I hope he won't chew my fingers during my sleep!  *scared*!

Can I be honest?  This is one of the hardest nail art tutorial I've done, M&Ms may sound and look easy but it took me a long time to do this!  I hope I give justice to the gorgeous faces of M&Ms inspired by this photo...

Taken by Mr. AMW year 2006 
at the Duty Free Shop Philippines

And here's my version...
Yes, I went all the way to my toes!

Step 1:
Apply your preferred base coat to protect your nails.  Apply one coat of Essie Polish in Playa Del Platinum as base.

Step 2:
Gently draw in the shape of the M&Ms.  It is your choice not to draw the "shapes" of M&Ms and paint the respective M&M shades on the nail itself.  I've used different nail polish brands for the shades closest to our favorite chocolate brand!

Step 3:
Using Prettynails' 2 Way nail art pen in Black, gently draw the outline.

Step 4: "Blue M&M"
Use a dotting tool to create the eyes with white polish.

Using the Prettynails' 2 Way Nail Art Pen in Black, draw the rest of the face (eyebrows, mouth and eyes).

Let's not forget the letter "M"

Step 5: "Orange M&M"
Same as the other nails, use dotting tool with white matte polish to create the eyes.

Draw the different expressions of M&Ms.

Again, do not forget the letter "M" using White Prettynails 2 Way Nail Art Pen.

Step 5: "Green M&M"
Create eyes with dotting tool.

The Green M&M is the only female in the group.  Draw extra lashes as shown on photo below.

Step 6: "Red M&M"
Use a dotting tool to create the eyes with white polish.

Draw the expressions of Red M&M. 

Step 7: "Yellow M&M"
The yellow M&M is one of the major character for M&M ads.  That's the reason why I chose the yellow to be located on my thumb.  Yellow M&Ms are usually the Peanut version so I have the whole thumb to draw the details of its face!

Since I have bigger space to draw the face, I am using the nail polish brush to create bigger eyes.

Gently draw the rest of the face with Prettynails' 2 Way Nail Art Pen in Black.

Step 8: Optional
After drawing the M&M characters, I felt the design is a bit bland so I added glitters on the "blank" area.

Step 9:
You can choose to blowdry your nails or wait for a couple of minutes.  Making sure the designs are COMPLETELY dry, top your precious nail art with your  choice of top coat!  I used the wrapping method!  I actually applied 2 coats of top coat in this tutorial.

Voila!  Nails ready to be bitten!

Hope everyone gets the kick out of my crazy and colorful nail art tutorial!
Have a wonderful "almost weekend" day!

Keep smilin'
Stay happy!


  1. And I feel hungry now.. :)

    I love the design! And the colors really match the real thing! :))

  2. OMG this is the coolest! I can't believe you did everything by hand. WOW!

    LOL your hubby is gonna be all over your fingers and toes!

  3. hahahaha i love it (♥∀♥) that is just too cool yummy m&ms

  4. OMG!!!! SO CUTE!!!!!!! CAN I EAT YOUR NAILLLLSSS? *slurp*!

  5. wish I have longer nails as well . . . looks great and yummy!!!

  6. OMG, that's some crazy great brought out all of their personalities...

  7. Haha this is so cute. Good job using the nail pen, I've never been able to get a drawing I'm satisfied with!

  8. I'm not a big fan of chocolates but that is just super cute! :P Can you do Looney Tunes or Tiny Toons someday? Or perhaps Archie, Betty, Veronica, Hughead, Reggie, Mr. Weatherbee, etc.? :D

  9. ang sarap kagatin ng kuko moooo! hahahaa kyot!

  10. OMG Niks!!! Ang cuuuuute!!!! =D I love M&M's. This is just too adorable!!! =) Nakagawa ka na ng Sanrio inspired nails? Or one inspired by your doggies!!! If not, make one make one pleeeease? Super galing ng nails mo!!! Can't wait for your next design!

  11. Wow.. You are so talented x.x I love these! Would never draw on my own hands though. I'll probably ruin them and cry

  12. WANT! You're so good at nail art!!

  13. Oh wow, how cool! I wouldn't even manage that with my good hand, and with my other hand I'd probably end up with polish all over the place if I attemtped this :) Awesome job!

  14. This is so cool! You did a great job!

  15. You're soooo amazing Nikki! Everything is so detailed, and very true to character! Galiiiing

  16. Thanks girls for the continuous support and compliment on my nail art! :)

    Ronabeth, no Sanrio inspired nails pa! I may give drawing a break for awhile but I'll do more designs in the future! hahahahha naloka ako sa mga requests! pahirap ng pahirap! hahahaha


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