Do you remember the last time you were on Cloud 9?
I was on Cloud 10 with these Rainbow & Cloud Nails. Did them many weeks ago, but I’m only posting it now. It’s been a few days since my last nail post, so it’s about time!
You may remember me sharing my Dotty Nails that I did when I was just playing around with my new dotting tools. This manicure was done perhaps a few days after that one.
I always wanted to try my hand at rainbow nails, but i thought my hands would be too shaky to draw smooth arcs for each colour.
Using a dotting tool is very easy and the way the dots come out in various sizes depending on the tip and how much pressure you apply makes the end result more interesting to me than perfect arcs anyway.
Plus using a dotting tool is as much fun as popping bubble wrap! (I swear there must be some sort of gaseous substance in each bubble that makes the popping act seem so addictive! :P)
Hope you try this and share with me any of your dotty manicures! It’s cool when you can design a picture using just dots. I’d love to see what you can come up with!
Rainbow & Cloud Nail Art Swatches
All swatches have:
- Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat
- 2 coats of OPI What’s with the Cattitude?
- Clouds: OPI Alpine Snow
- Rainbow: China Glaze Phat Santa (Red), Orly Spark (Yellow), China Glaze Aqua Baby (Blue) & Nubar Forest (Green)
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
*~* Rainbow & Cloud Nail Art Tutorial *~*
What I Used:
Step 1: Apply a Base Coat
Step 2: Paint Your Nails a Light Blue
I went with OPI What’s with the Cattitude? because it’s such a fresh, bright sky blue. Looks so cheery on my nails, and it’s easy to work with.
Wait about 8 minutes or so to let it dry a bit before continuing.
Step 3: Add Fluffy Clouds
Add some white polish to your piece of foil. (I used OPI Alpine Snow, which is a standard white creme.) Then, dip your dotting tool into it and dot on your clouds.
I started painting on a dotted slanted line, which became the rounded edges of the clouds. Then I just kept dotting to fill in the rest of my nail. I suppose you could just use the polish brush and fill in the rest, but I was having fun using my new dotting tool.
You want to make your clouds as fluffy as possible. I think it gives it that cute cartoonish feel.
I decided to put the clouds on an angle near the tips of my nails, but you can put them anywhere you think looks best. Maybe put the clouds near the cuticles? Then you can make the rainbow like an upside-down U near the tips of your nails! There are so many possibilities.
Step 4: Add the First Colour of the Rainbow
Add a bit of polish for your first coloured arc to your piece of foil and then dip your dotting tool in it.
Dot a curved line onto each nail. Don’t worry about having exact spacing between the dots. Nail art doesn’t have to be perfect – it just has to make you happy! Besides, when you’ve added all of the arcs, it’ll even out and you won’t really pay attention to any goof-ups.
Step 5: Repeat the Previous Step with Your Next Colour
Don’t worry about overlapping or any sloppiness.
Step 6: Repeat the Step Again with All Your Remaining Colours
You’ll find that it gets trickier as you get closer to your cuticle since there’s less space there. Just do your best.
When you’re done applying all the colours you want, make sure to wait a good 10-15 minutes before continuing or you may risk streaking your design.
Step 7: Add a Top Coat
Step 8: Ponder the Existence of Pots of Gold at the End of Rainbows
Some Variation Ideas:
- Pot of Gold: If you’re feeling really adventurous, you might want to paint on a large pot of gold on your thumb nail. All you’d need is a black polish and a gold polish. Paint on a large circle for the pot and then put a heaping pile of yellow dots on top. Then go over the yellow dots and highlight them with gold polish to make the treasure come alive!
- Mr. Golden Sun: Instead of a rainbow and cloud, you could paint a sun with all its rays shining down on your ring finger or your thumbnail. I think that would be cute. You could even give him sunglasses.
And a few weeks ago, it rained and there was a rainbow after. I snapped several shots of it, but the colour in my photos didn’t do it justice. I still want to share one with you, though.
Have you ever tried rainbow nail art? What’s your favourite colour? Did you used to watch Rainbow Brite when you were a kid?