Being inspired by all the watercolor painting I’ve been doing lately, I decided to experiment and combine that with nail art. At first, I tried using nail polish but didn’t like the results, so I went for it and used real watercolor paints for authenticity. After a few tries, I learned that it works best being painted on a matte base coat and to use as little water as possible. Since it’s such a small surface, if a lot of water accumulates on your nail, the colors will bleed and you’ll end up with one murky blob.
The way I created this look was by using two colors: pink and yellow. When I mixed them together with minimal amounts of water, they blended nicely and gave me the beautiful orange color. I started with a white base coat and gave it a matte top coat to make the perfect canvas. After you’re done painting, it’s imperative that you apply one or two top coats, otherwise the watercolors will vanish when you wash your hands (and we don’t want that!). Follow with a fresh top coat every day or two.
Check out the video Trent and I made to see the process in action: