One of my readers, Annika, e-mailed me her ideas for a Violet Beauregarde nail design and asked if I could do a nail tutorial based on the character from the original 1971 Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory character.
Since I haven’t done freehand nail art in some time, I thought I’d give it a go.
You’ll remember that Violet was the one who chewed the same piece of gum for a long time. And when at the factory, she can’t resist trying the new chewing gum that Willy Wonka has come up with that includes flavours such as appetizers, main courses, and even desserts!
Haha, she grows bigger and bigger, turning blue/violet as the seconds pass! Finally, the Oompa Loompas have to take her to the Juicing Room to squeeze it all out.
Here is my version of Violet Beauregarde Nails.
Instead of making the buckle sideways on the red belt, I wanted to give it a twist, so I painted them very similar to the buckles in the Santa Nails I did before on here.
If you want to take a completely literal and accurate approach, paint the red belt and buckles horizontally.
In this post, I’ll show you more photos of this quick design as well as step-by-step instructions with photos for how to recreate it.
Violet Beauregarde Nail Art Swatches
All swatches have:
- Essie First Base (Base Coat)
- Blue: China Glaze Frostbite
- Red: Nubar Sensual
- Gold: L.A. Colors Art Deco Nail Art Lacquer Gold Glitter
- Black: Milani Nail Art Black Sketch (This was provided by PR.)
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
Dim Natural Light Photos
*~* Violet Beauregarde Nail Art Tutorial *~*
What I Used:
Step 1: Apply a Base Coat
Step 2: Paint Your Nails Blue
One of my favourite blues is China Glaze Frostbite because it’s so vibrant and reminds me of car paint for some reason.
You can use any blue, though. Not everyone has a bazillion blues in their collection, so just use the shade you enjoy painting with the most. 🙂
Let this dry for maybe 5 minutes. It doesn’t have to be completely dry before you proceed to the next step, but it shouldn’t be fresh and wet, or you could risk dragging and mixing polish colours together.
Step 3: Add the Red Belt
You could take the completely literal and accurate approach by making your red belts horizontal. However, I chose to do vertical belts because I have a soft spot for vertical stripes on nails. 😉
Plus when you use vertical stripes on your nails, it helps create the illusion that your nails are longer. When you use horizontal lines, you call attention to the width of your nails.
Give your red belts a few minutes to dry a little before proceeding to the next step.
Step 4: Create the Golden Buckle
You can use a long, thin brush dipped in gold or gold glitter to create the buckle. I had a gold-glitter nail-art striper handy, so I used that.
Create a box that fits the width of the red belt. You could add a little line inside the box that spans only half way across. However, that’s optional.
Step 5: Add Buckle Details
Originally, I went over the little belt latch with yellow in an attempt to make it stand out. (Note the slight bit the yellow peeking out on my index finger.) However, I later decided that using black was a better choice.
This step is optional, but I think it enhances the way the buckle looks, even if Violet Beauregarde’s belt doesn’t seem to have this black latch.
After this step, it’s critical to wait at least 15 minutes to let your design dry as much as possible. If you have the luxury of waiting even longer, do so. You really want this to set more before you add a top coat. If you rush to the next step too soon, you may accidentally smear your design.
“Patience, Willow!” Extra points for you if you know where that movie quote is from. 😉
Step 6: Apply a Top Coat
When you’re applying top coat over nail art, try to use a light hand. And I’ve found it helps if you put a thick bead of top coat onto your brush. When you glide the bead of top coat onto your nails, just let the top coat touch your nail instead of actually touching the nail with the brush. This really helps prevent a lot of smearing.
Are you a Violet Beauregarde fan? Do you prefer the original or the new version of the movie with Johnny Depp? Who’s your favourite character in the movie? (Mine’s Willy Wonka…of course! He was a passionate dreamer who was also crazy. Eccentric people fascinate me.)