Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Money Smart Nail Art: The Toothbrush Method Tutorial

Here's the tutorial for the hodge splodge nail art I posted earlier in the week. It had a great response and 5 of you guessed my tool correctly - it was a toothbrush! Angie D, TheNailNut, Caitlin, TheBeauBow and Lisa all got it right... give yourselves a high five from me!

This is my entry to Money Supermarket's Money Smart Nail Art competition. I don't make any secret of the fact that I am a stingy SOB and I like to think myself a thrifty, bargain sniffing miss. For this criteria, I really wanted to create a tutorial for a nail art look that only used nail polish and tools that you would already have around the house, or that cost literally pennies to buy. It really doesn't get much more money smart than an 18p pack of toothbrushes. That's a quarter to my American friends.

To create this nail art, you'll need to pick a polish for your base colour, a few others that you want to use for the splodges, a toothbrush and a top coat. You'll also need nail polish remover or acetone because there'll be a bit of cleaning up to do at the end.
The colours I'm using here are (l-r) China Glaze Sunday Funday, Barry M Greenberry, Barry M Blueberry and China Glaze Pink-ie Promise.


I got these toothbrushes from Tesco and for 18p! You can but cheap toothbrushes pretty much anywhere that sells toothbrushes but try to make sure you get ones where the bristles are all the same length.  

Step 1: Paint on your base colour and wait for it to dry completely.

Step 2: Paint your first splodge colour straight from the bottle on to the bristles near the end of the toothbrush. Be quite generous with the polish otherwise it won't transfer on to your nails.

Step 3. Carefully dab the brush down on to your nails to create your first splodges. Wait for them to dry before moving on.



Step 4. Apply more colours in the same way until you're happy with the look. Between each colour, you'll need to clean the toothbrush and wait for each layer to dry. You can clean the toothbrush by wiping it with a tissue or dipping it in to nail polish remover/acetone and drying on a cotton pad. 

Step 5: The finished result might be a bit bumpy so apply a thick layer of your top coat.

Step 6: Finally, use a small paintbrush dipped in acetone or polish remover to clean up any of the bits that got around your nail and you're done!


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46 comments :

  1. Brilliant!! I happen to have some toothbrushes I could use too!! Thanks for the tutorial on this :)

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  2. uhh, thanks for that! it looks so great!

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  3. I never would have guessed you used a toothbrush! This looks amaaaazing! Seriously need to go try this.....

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  4. Holy Moly! Who would have thought a toothbrush can create such a cute mani? Thanks for the tutorial!

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  5. amazing! :)
    I must try it!

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  6. So, if you wanted to blur them a little more, could you "watercolor" them with acetone?

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  7. i definitely didn't think toothbrush! great tutorial!

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  8. a toothbrush! wow i never would have guessed. adorable mani! <3

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  9. Amazing! I will be giving this a go, it looks lovely! I would never of thought to use a toothbrush!

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  10. ah it all make sense now! beautiful!

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  11. I would have never guessed you used a toothbrush! Thanks for the idea and tutorial!:)

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  12. This is a beautiful look, and you are so innovative. Absolutely love it.

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  13. fantastic idea and it looks great! I definitely want to try this out!

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  14. So cool! I love this! And it's nail art even I can do!

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  15. what a crazy idea :) I love it :) and I must try this at home :)

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  16. Off to buy some 18p toothbrushes... xx

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  17. loved the idea...pretty manicure :)

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  18. What a great idea! Gotta try this once!
    Your creativity blows me away every time!

    Have a great day!
    Giovanna
    GioNails

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  19. hahaha so cool!!! :)
    thanks for the tutorial! **

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  20. This is great. Can't wait to try it!

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  21. I would never have guessed this- genius idea!

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  22. High fiving right back atcha, Sammy! YAYAYAYAYAY! :)

    Will be giving this tutorial a shot!

    Great work, girl!

    Lisa

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  23. Never would have guessed - thought when you put out the ? you had done it with a bobby pink pulled open

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  24. Genius! What an awesome tut, thanks for sharing :D

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  25. ...where does one get a two-pack of toothbrushes for a quarter? o.O

    Great use for an old brush though, recycling FTW!

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  26. So pretty and seems easy!!

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  27. That is awesome! Thanks for this!

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  28. Wooho High Five!! it looks awesome I think I will give it a go myself.

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  29. Thank you for this! I have really bad tremors in my hands so nail art is impossible for me. But I think I can do this! I'm so excited!

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  30. Cool! I wonder if it would come out fan brush like if you made an actual brushing movement?

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  31. What's a good thick top coat to use?

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  32. Awesome! This looks so much more difficult than it actually is... I can probably do this!

    Thank you!!

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  33. I'm amazed that a few people guessing in the previous post got it right! ^_^

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  34. Yet another great nail art idea Sammy! Thanks for sharing.

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  35. Wonderful!!! Great idea!! Just done mine and it Came out pretty good!! Thanks for the tutorial!!

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  36. Nuts! This is super funky. Def have to try this out!

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  37. wow! I thought I must live with the splatter method. This is so genious!

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  38. this is so creative! love it

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