11.06.2012

How To: Snakeskin Nails



I voted today! And that is officially the only political thing I'll say on here, haha. Let's see, how can I segue into today's tutorial? Hmm. Politicians can sometimes be sneaky snakes? Let's just get on with the tutorial for my (faux, obv) Snakeskin Nails! I got the inspiration to do these after looking at the pattern of my brush holder (see my How to Organize Brushes) and here we are. I chose a dark purple (Revlon's Bold Sangria) and a gold polish (Color Club's Disco Nap fr Birchbox), obviously not the colors of any snakes I've ever seen, but I liked the combination and it's perfect for fall/winter. This can be done from none to a few dollars. Here's How To:


T O O L S

  • Tulle (I used the same tulle from my Halloween post, but tulle is probably in your house already! Maybe on a wreath? An old shower pouf? Or a produce bag?)
  • 2 polishes of different colors
  • Clear/base coat
  • Polish remover for touchups
  • Sponge (I used a makeup sponge)
  • Paper plate/scrap paper

M E T H O D



Paint base coat and allow to dry.


Pour a little of the second polish onto a paper plate.
Wrap tulle around top of nail.
You can use two fingers two pinch the tulle to prevent it from sliding, if needed.
Dip the sponge into the paint and dab off.
Dab onto the tulle gently.
Gently remove tulle and allow to dry. Clean up any excess polish.
Paint top clear coat. Repeat for all nails.


N O T E S
  • Remember, if you end up dabbing on too much of your second color, just repaint and start over.
  • If, after a couple of nails, you're getting too much second color on your nails, just cut the sponge and start with a fresh side.
  • While I chose purple and gold, use colors that you like--there are so many possibilities! I wouldn't suggest glitter for this.
  • If nail art isn't your thing, just use this as an accent nail. After all, it's just polish! Enjoy.
What's on your nails today?


PS: My glittery background is actually an old Myglam clutch!

65 comments:

  1. awesome tutorial! i wish i would have thought of that when i did snakeskin nails...much less time consuming than going it by hand lol.
    love your blog!
    <3
    nailvarnishvixen.blogspot.com

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  2. Great tutorial! I can't wait to try this. Your nails look awesome!

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  3. Chanced upon your blog and enjoy reading it!

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  4. Wow, great snakeskin look! Love the colors you chose!

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  5. Gorgeous post, I'm not a big fan of doing nails but this tutorial rocks! Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog!

    ♡ veena | seveninchstilettos.com
    twitter/instagram: @veenamccoole

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  6. Fantastic Elle. I love it! Thank you.

    Loulou

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  7. Hi Elle, I always wonder how you come up will all these creative ideas!! It looks pretty fantastic, more so because of the glossy gold shade.

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  8. Something I have to try! xoxo.

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  9. Gorgeous!!!

    http://mandycrandell.blogspot.com/

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  10. This is such a cool tutorial! Amazing colour combination as well :)

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  11. Ooo love this one! The gold looks awesome, I think I'll try this with black and gold.

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  12. They look brilliant - what an awesome job you did!

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  13. That's gorgeous Elle! What a great idea

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  14. This is good! I must try! Did I mention that you are Awesome!

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  15. Haha, I liked your segue :) This is a great idea, and I love the way it turned out!

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  16. I was totally going to try these nails with some tulle! Great minds think alike!

    xoxo,
    Chic 'n Cheap Living

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  17. Definitely going to do this and I love your color choice too. I never would of thought of using an old loofah...great tip!!

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  18. These are awesome, my fav you've ever posted. Now I just need to stop biting mine so I can try it....

    xo Rach
    rachiecakes-rachael.blogspot.com

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  19. I love your nails so much! Seriously, come over and do mine!

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  20. Absolutely LOVE this look! Amazing and looks pretty simple to pull off. :)

    -Ashley
    http://lerougestylo.blog.com

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  21. Whoa, this is super cool! And yes, politicians can be sneaky as snakes sometimes! I just have simple pink polish on my nails today, since I did them in a hurry.

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  22. oh my gosh! this is so cool, i cannot wait to try it. thanks for the tips!


    seriously so freakin cool.

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  23. what a great trick! I would have never thought of that!

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  24. Oh my gosh Elle they look amazing!
    XO,
    Zhanna
    www.lifeandbows.com

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  25. I love this original idea! Looks great.

    LUXESSED

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  26. this may be my favorite nail tutorial you've ever posted!

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  27. you always come up with the coolest idea.

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  28. GREAT idea!!! That reminds me that I need to paint my nails!

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  29. Oh wow this is amazing! Well done :)

    Much Love,
    Ranim
    the.perfect.disease

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  30. That's a brilliant way to this pattern, Elle:) And love how you segued into it....heehee....

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  31. Those are amazing!! I love them!
    xoAmy
    www.dreamingincashmere.com

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  32. your nails are always so great. really like this one.

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  33. that looks awesome! love it!

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  34. Hey! Thanks for stopping by my beauty blog...I wanted to come stop by and visit yours too! This nail design is awesome...I've never tried designs but this is so unique & creative it makes me want to :)

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  35. Freaking awesome!!! I am so in love with this!!!!

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  36. Love it! But how do you get the tulle to not move around??

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  37. Anon: I wrap it around my nail and hold between two fingers. In the pic, the tulle is around my ring finger. My Pinky and Middle finger (or whatever two you'd like) are holding it in place.

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  38. D: that's so freakin' awesome. I want to try!!!!!!! ;~;

    -Jae
    aleume.wordpress.com

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  39. Awesome. I think I have just the thing to use for this new purpose too!

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  40. This is such a great idea! I just had my first shellac manicure, and I LOVE it. I picked fire engine red, and they're still shiny and perfect a week later. I'm a big fan. :)

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  41. Fantastic tutorial! This is such a cute mani and a great way to add texture to a look!

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  42. My nails are red today, polish from Revlon.

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  43. wow! these nails are awesome! love the color you chose to do it in too!

    xxx
    www.ladyalamode.com

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  44. that's really cool! i love the final look. who would've thought TULLE!?! Brilliant Elle!
    http://www.averysweetblog.com/

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  45. these are SO great!!! thanks for sharing!

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  46. This tulle nail painting idea is just brilliant!

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  47. looks awesome, love it! xx

    coffeebooksandcitylights.blogspot.com/
    facebook.com/rocknrolllies

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  48. WHAT?! This is so sick... how have I not seen this before? I'm bookmarking so i can give it a try :)

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