My past 5 consecutive blog posts have all been about nail polish, and this lacquer train isn’t stopping yet!
Whenever nail polish is concerned, I find it incredibly fun and creative. Hope you do, too. Have you done any nail art?
Since we’re entering summer soon and since I wanted to bust out several colors I bought a long time ago, I thought it was a good time to share my Watermelon Nail Art with you.
I almost didn’t post it because it turned out verrrry sloppy. But, y’know what? It’s not about having the perfect manicure. It’s about having fun and realizing that as long as you enjoy wearing it, that’s all that matters.
Sure, it’s definitely not the neatest. And I had to use a dotting tool instead of a proper striping brush or nail-art pen (hence the shaky white lines and crappy black seeds). But the results still brought a smile to my face and made me want to eat some watermelon.
If you try this, please share your photos of it with me. I love seeing other people getting creative!
Scroll down to the bottom of this post for the tutorial section where I show you step-by-step how I created this look. And let me know if you have some tips and tricks to share. I’m always trying to improve.
Watermelon Nail Art Swatches
- Base Coat: OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
- Red: Nubar Fire Sparkle
- Green: China Glaze Watermelon Rind
- White: OPI Alpine Snow
- Black: OPI Black Onyx
- Top Coat (not on all swatches): Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
*~* Watermelon Nails Tutorial *~*
What I Used:
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
- OPI Natural Nail Base Coat
- OPI Alpine Snow (white creme)
- OPI Black Onyx (black creme)
- Nubar Fire Sparkle (red glitter)
- China Glaze Watermelon Rind (green glitter)
- Orly French Manicure White Tip Guides
- Dotting tool (although it’s way better if you have a striping brush instead for the white polish)
Step 1: Apply base coat & section off your nails.
The nail guides are optional. You can totally freehand it if you want. I didn’t because I dug up these old nail guides that I had never used before and didn’t want to waste.
Step 2: Apply your red-creme or red-glitter polish.
Step 3: Peel off nail guides (if you used ’em) & paint your tips with the green-glitter or green-creme polish.
Step 4: Fill in the dividing section with your white-creme polish.
I used my dotting tool to apply the white polish. But if you have a striping brush or one of those white nail-art pens, use that and your results will be waaaay better.
Step 5: Create black seeds with your dotting tool, striping brush, or nail-art pen.
Step 6: Apply a shiny top coat to seal it all & increase your manicure mileage.
Super Quick Nubar Fire Sparkle Review
It catches the light as you would expect from a coarse glitter polish. Plan to use a thick top coat with this so that the gritty finish doesn’t annoy you. Plus the top coat really brings out the brilliance of the glitter, so you shouldn’t skip this step. And yeah, it’s going to be a pain to remove because the glitter is chunky.
This isn’t dense glitter, so you’ll need at least 2 coats to achieve the depth shown in my swatches.
Super Quick China Glaze Watermelon Rind Review
This pretty green glass-fleck polish isn’t gritty like Nubar Fire Sparkle. It goes on sheer, so expect to use a minimum of 2 coats or layer it over another color.
What do you think about these watermelon nails? Have you tried other fun summer nail art using other fruits as inspiration? Does this look Christmasy to you, too?