Acid rainbow

I redid my nails today in celebration of summer. The design isn’t even that summery, but it is pretty colorful and cool. Here’s the finished product:

Acid

 

Isn’t it cool?? I’ve been wanting to try the cutout trend, but I wanted to do something cool for the colored part. I was inspired by something I saw online a while ago that I believe was modeled after acid wash. It looks like the color is being washed away by acid. Since it was a pretty complicated process, I thought I’d include a mini tutorial.

The first step is to paint a few coats of clear polish, but only if you plan on doing the cutouts.

bare

Next paint at least three layers of nail polish. I did five: orange, green, red, yellow, and blue. Try to pick a good variety of warm and cool colors, and make sure they will stand out against each other. If you want to do cutouts, keep the shapes in mind. Notice that the edges aren’t exactly clean– the striping tape will cover that up.

layers

 

Now add the striping tape to the edges…

strips

 

And finally, the fun part. Dip a cotton swab in some nail polish remover and rub it on your nails to wear away the top layers of polish. You can go to different layers and of course make different shapes. This would be easier without cutouts, but I really like the final product. I also like that some spots kind of look like zombie gashes, but that’s just me.

Acid

 

It’s like a rainbow!

 

Until next time,

-Allie

 

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