HOW TO: EASY IKAT NAILS

Lovers of interior DESIGN rejoice! This beautiful ikat print is the perfect accessory to any outfit. The technique is easy and leaves plenty of room for error, so if you are a novice be sure to give this one a try!

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YOU WILL NEED

  • Top and base coats
  • Nail art brush

COLOURS

  • White
  • Blue
  • Red
  • Black


Polishes

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STEP 1

Apply a base coat and when dry, paint your nails with two coats of the blue polish. Allow to dry completely.


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STEP 2

Once your base colour has dried, dip the nail art brush in the white polish and draw shapes on your nails as shown here – two or three long and narrow shapes will work best. Clean the nail brush with nail polish remover.


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STEP 3

Dip the nail brush into the red polish and fill in the centres of the white spaces with a jagged shape, leaving a border around the outside. You don’t have to be precise with  this step, any shape will do. Clean the brush with nail polish remover.


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STEP 4

Next, dip the nail art brush in the black polish and paint long straight strokes around the design, all pointing vertically. Paint all the way around the white shapes to create borders. To finish, paint a black small stroke in the middle of each one. Allow to dry completely and seal with top coat.


 

This how-to was extracted with permission from the book Polish You Pretty,  by Jenny Stencel
– a stylish and practical guide to fashion nail designs for you to do at home.