Well, lookie here. Mr. Tom Thumb decided to make an appearance. “What better occasion than for the unveiling of Easter Egg Nails?” He told me.
(Don’t tell him, but he’s kind of a hot head, thinking that he’s better than the other fingers just because he’s bigger. And he keeps talking about how without him, humans wouldn’t be able to brag about having opposable thumbs…or play an octave on the piano with one hand. *Pfft*)
Today I’m going to show you how this Easter nail design is very easy to do. I’ll walk you through it step-by-step with written instructions as well as photos so you can see the process and not just the end result.
Easter Egg Nail Art Swatches
All swatches have:
- Seche Clear Crystal Clear Base Coat
- Orly Spark (yellow)
- OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender (pink)
- OPI Do You Lilac It? (purple)
- China Glaze For Audrey (teal)
- OPI Gargantuan Green Grape (green)
- L.A. Colors Art Deco Nail Art Lacquer White (white)
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Natural Light Photos
*~* Easter Egg Nail Art Tutorial *~*
What I Used:
Step 1: Apply a Base Coat
This is really important to protect your natural nails from getting stained. And if you’re using a colour that unfortunately stained your nails in the past, consider applying two layers of base coat underneath to prevent it from doing it again.
Step 2: Paint Each Egg’s Base Colour
Okay, not everyone has a polish ‘problem’ (hehe, note the quotation marks) like I do. If you don’t have many colours to work with, it’s okay. You can use just two colours and alternate the hue for each nail.
But, if you have a generous palette to work with, I suggest using 5 different colours that you think will look nice together. The more colours you use, the more you can play around with making each egg look different.
Wait about 5-8 minutes before proceeding to the next step. This is just so your base polish has some time to dry a little. (Note: You don’t need it to be completely dry at this point.)
Step 3: Draw the Zig-zag & Horizontal Lines on Each Egg
Now’s the fun part!
Put a few drops of polish onto your piece of foil, which you’ll be using as a palette. Then, dip your striper brush into it. Take your time to carefully add zig-zag and horizontal lines for each egg.
For my nails, I did zig-zag lines on my thumb, index, and ring fingers, and horizontal lines on my thumb, middle, and pinkie fingers. I also used 2 lines per nail, except for my thumb, which has 3 lines since I had more space to work with.
Feel free to go where your imagination takes you! While I’m flattered if you choose to recreate this look, don’t be afraid to experiment outside the box and add both zig-zag and horizontal lines on each nail…or even adding more than 2 lines per nail.
I used a single nail-art striper brush to create all the lines. I suggest painting on the lines with the lightest-coloured polish first (e.g. yellow), and then work your way to the darker shades (e.g. purple). In between colour changes, just wipe your brush onto a piece of paper towel. This will help minimize any colour bleeding.
To achieve opacity, you may need to retrace over your lines more than once. Also, to get more-even lines, I found that it’s the easiest to work from the left edge to the middle, and then dip your brush to get more polish before drawing the other side of the line from the right edge to the middle. After that, you add more polish on top to even things out. This technique is way better than trying to draw the complete line (left to right) all in one shot.
Not everyone has a steady hand. I sure don’t – my hands are movers and shakers. I’ve found that it helps to firmly plant your painted hand on a table and then rest part of your working hand on the table, too. This will reduce any extra shaking.
Step 4: Add the Dots
Put some polish onto your piece of foil, dip your dotting tool into it, and get dotty!
I liked to add my lines first so that I had a better idea of the spacing for each nail. However, if you wanted to add dots and lines in the same step, that’s up to you.
This is the crucial part: Make sure that you wait about 20 minutes or more to allow all this to dry a bit. The dots and lines will be thick pools of polish, and if you jump the gun and slick on a top coat too soon, you’ll smear your design badly no matter what top coat you use.
I waited 30 minutes to be on the safe side. And then when I put my quick-dry top coat on, I made sure to add it very delicately. You basically want the bead of top coat to touch your nail without pushing the polish brush onto your nail. If you use a light hand, you further minimize the risk of smearing your design.
Step 5: Apply Your Top Coat
Hope you enjoyed this simple little Easter egg nail-art tutorial! It’s not hard to do, but you just need to take your time and not rush. Even if you’ve never done any freehand nail art, give it a chance, and you’ll surprise yourself. (You won’t surprise me, though, because I know that you can do it!)
If you do give this a go, or even if you want to share your Easter manicures with me and other readers, please feel free to post it on Swatch And Learn’s Facebook wall! (I love seeing what my readers can come up with – it’s very inspiring!)
Do you celebrate Easter? What spring manicure will you be sporting? What’s your favourite Easter candy? (I love the Cadbury Creme Eggs!)
Edit: Yay! Orly favourited my tweet about this post. I’m extremely flattered!