Hello beauties!

I want to show you how to create a knitted manicure with just regular nail polish. 

Here's what you need for this look...

PRODUCTS USED:

  • NAIL POLISHES / PRODUCTS:
    • nail conditioner
    • 2 colored polishes
    • transparent matte polish
    • fast drying top coat (optional)
  • BRUSHES / TOOLS:
    • 1 thin nail art brush
    • 1 nail art brush for cleanup around the nails and skin
    • clean cotton swabs
    • small container for acetone or nail polish remover (whatever is easier to dip your brush into)
  •  EXTRAS:
    • handkerchief / paper kitchen towel
    • foil paper or clean chocolate wrapper (something for mixing the polishes)
    • Small, sturdy stand, scissors, nail art tape/ribbon for decorating 

STEP BY STEP TUTORIAL:

Step 1: Apply a nail conditioner. I used one coat of Miss Sporty Whitener Nail Brightener. Of course you want to do this after you file your nails to the desired shape and prep them (cleaning, removal of skin).

Step 2: Paint your nails with the selected lacquers of your choice. I chose 2 coats of varnish: Lovely, Like Gel Gloss No. 160 and My Secret, 212 Sea Green. Now, wait for nails to dry.

Step 3:  Once your nails are dry, paint over them with a matte effect top coat. I just applied one coat but you can apply two. I used My Secret Matte Effect Top Coat.

Step 4: Once the top coat dries, pour a drop of polish on your mixing tray and mix with the matte top coat. I combined the two with a nail art brush.

Step 5:  Using the narrow part of the brush bristles, paint patterns similar to those on sweaters. I tried 3 different patterns (although not entirely successful) but the internet has plenty of inspiration (and your closet too!). The idea is that these combined lacquers create patterns on your nails. It is best if the paint will dry on the mixing tray just a bit so that it's tacky and not too thin.

Step 6:  If the effect is too soft, you can pour another drop of the matte top coat on your mixing tray and improve the brush patterns so they're "thicker" and more prominent. You may finish the look with a clear top coat to protect your nails.

Tadah! You now have knitted lacquer nails. 

FINISHED LOOK:

 

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