Friday, 25 October 2013

Nimbus Nail Art Tutorial

As I promised, today's post is a tutorial for the nail art I posted yesterday. As many of you guessed - I did indeed use a q-tip/cotton bud! I really love this nail art so no doubt I'll be posting a lot of these in the coming weeks. It also makes a great base for stamping and other nail art so stay tuned for that!

I had mentioned that I didn't know what to call this style, but Laura's suggestion of 'Halo' was spot on. Thank you Laura! I decided on Nimbus (which is another word for Halo according to thesaurus.com!) to avoid any confusion with video game themed nail art. Nimbus nail art also rolls off the tongue quite nicely and it makes me think of Harry Potter! Win, win!

Nimbus Nail Art Tutorial by The Nailasaurus

Nimbus Nail Art Tutorial by The Nailasaurus

All you need for this nail art is:

Cotton Buds
Acetone - You can get acetone from most beauty supply stores and most pharmacies. I did try this with nail polish remover but it wasn't as effective. You can also use polish thinner, but that could get pricey as you need to use a fair amount.

A white nail polish for your base

A selection of 3-4 colours - I'm using Barry M Plum, Prickly Pear and Bright Purple and H+M Midnight Mystery.

Top coat

Start by painting all of your nails white, or another very light shade and letting it dry. Using a light base will make the colours much more vibrant when you add them over the top.

Nimbus Nail Art Tutorial by The Nailasaurus

This is the important part! Lay out some nail polish on a sheet of plastic or foil and pour out some acetone. If you don't have a suitable container, just use the lid of the bottle.

Touch a cotton bud to the surface of the acetone and let it soak up in to the cotton.

Start thinning out the polish using the acetone soaked cotton bud by working it in a circular motion.

Nimbus Nail Art Tutorial by The Nailasaurus

Test the consistency by blotting the cotton bud on to the plastic. You want it to be watery but still pigmented.


Nimbus Nail Art Tutorial by The Nailasaurus
When you're happy with the consistency, blot the cotton bud randomly on to your nail. I like to start with the darkest colour and work my way towards the lightest.

Nimbus Nail Art Tutorial by The Nailasaurus
Pick up a fresh cotton bud and repeat with your second colour.

And the third! If you want to get the colour right up to the edges of your nails, it will start pooling in your cuticles. Don't worry about it too much yet, it can easily be cleaned up when you're done.

Nimbus Nail Art Tutorial by The Nailasaurus
Blot on a layer of your lightest colour to blend everything together nicely.

Nimbus Nail Art Tutorial by The Nailasaurus
Because the layers of colour are so thin, you can keep adding colours until you're happy. Just make sure you give it time to dry in between colours otherwise the acetone can start removing the layers underneath.

Nimbus Nail Art Tutorial by The Nailasaurus
Once you're finished, add a top coat and wait for everything to dry. Clean up around the edges using a clean-up brush and you're done!

A few tips
- Your cotton bud should be saturated with acetone, but not dripping with it!
- If at any point your cotton bud starts deteriorating - stray fibres etc - just pick up a new one.
- If any little bits of cotton do get on to your nail, you can remove them with a pair of tweezers.

I want to see your take on this technique so I'd love if you tag #looknailasaurus if you post your mani on Instagram, Twitter or Tumblr!


Nimbus Nail Art Tutorial by The Nailasaurus

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50 comments :

  1. I love it ! I wonder if it would work in rainbow colors...

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  2. So lovely and creative! I love your nail art.

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  3. These are so pretty! I wish I was as creative as you.
    Laura x

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  4. Love this look! Think i prefer the very first application though, it's like crazy polka dots :)

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  5. Love your tutorial! I will definetely use it! ♥

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  6. Absolutely love this look! I'm going to try it in greens and browns for Camo nails!! :D

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  7. adorei o tutorial
    Vou tentar fazer, kiss....

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  8. so simple and gorgeous, I have to try! thank you

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  9. I can't wait to try this! You are always so inspiring and creative! <3

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  10. I love your tutorials! That looks so easy and yet so pretty!!

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  11. Adorei ficou muito bonito o resultado final!
    Beijos Vivi,
    Doida por Esmaltes
    Fan Page DPE

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  12. That is so pretty. It's like a water colour painting on your nails!

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  13. This reminds me of a delicate water colour painting, looks really cool and original!! love this post!!

    check out my blog at
    http://helpmakemebeautiful.blogspot.co.uk/

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  14. Thank you for that lovely tutorial. It looks awesome! :)

    Greetings, Tine

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  15. This is so clever! I'm going to try it next :)

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  16. Very cool technique, I have to try this! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  17. Awsome! I love it when peeps think of new techniques *_*

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  18. Nice technique can't wait to try it out!

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  19. Woooo! I love the technique so much! And I'm glad I helped with the name! :D I love Nimbus! Also a Potterhead so it works awesomely! :) Will be trying this out soon! :) x

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  20. Awesome! I'm going to try as soon as I have time cause my kids are a lot of work etc. This is cool tho so, I'm trying it maybe right now after folding last load of laundry!

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  21. Amazing effect! I am definitely going to have to try this!

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  22. These will be in my "I want to try" list. :)

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  23. Gorgeous! It's like a different take on the watercolor technique... and it seems like it's easier, too.

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  25. Awesome!!!! Pls check out my blog: nailsandbeyond.blogspot.com

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  26. AMAZING NAILS!!!!!KEEP UP THE G^:^D WORK!!!!!

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  27. would this work on toes too ?

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  28. OMG, this is so amazing, I need to try this, as soon as possible!!

    From France with love :)

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  29. This looks beautiful! Definitely going to try this :)

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  30. I tried it, it didn't turn out for me. It left cotton fuss on my nails. :(

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  31. love this and just tried it last night I was pretty happy with the results and can't wait to try out other colour combo's thanks for all your gorgeous tut's they are amazing and I love checking my FB everyday for your newest posts

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  32. Cool, I've seen many people call this water color nail art, just because the idea is the same except that the "water" is acetone and the watercolor is polish :P

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  33. Well I am clearly behind on seeing this, but WOW I love it and will definitely be trying it!! Thanks for sharing.♥

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  34. This is so crafty! I truly adore this look. Fantastic job, Sammy!!!

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  35. Awesome! Just incredibly beautiful! And Harry Potter was the first thing I had to think of, when I read 'Nimbus'! :D

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  36. So creative! Going to do it right now!! ~<3~

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  37. I tried it but the q tip absorbed all the acetone and the polish was left dry

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