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Friday, January 4, 2013

How-To: Easy Poptart Nail Art

Hello, wonderful! Today I have a nail art design that was inspired by a trip to Target. As I was walking by the packaged snack foods, I spotted a huge display of poptarts, and immediately realized how CUTE they are. Seriously- fingernails are even kind of shaped like poptarts, so I figured that they'd translate into nail art pretty easily.

Now, I know that a few poptart tutorials are floating around the internet, but there aren't as many as I thought there would be, so I felt pretty free to experiment and come up with my own version. Aaaand here's the result:

Step 1.) Apply a basecoat and two thin coats of a tan polish

Step 2.) Follow the chart below to create the layer of icing.
Frame 1: Dab a few strokes of light lavender/pinkish polish on the center of the nail (this doesn't have to look neat!) Be sure to leave a fair amount of tan polish on the edges.
Frame 2: With a large dotting tool and the same polish, place a few dots on the corners of the strokes you've just made. Blend the dots into the lavender polish- the idea is to round out the edges to look like icing.
Frame 3: Since the edges will be thicker than the center of the lavender patch, carefully paint on another coat of polish to even out the "icing".
Step 3.) With a small paintbrush and white polish (or a white striper) paint on zigzags of more icing.
Frame 1: Pick up some white polish on your brush, and then place a few dashes on top of the lavender polish. These don't have to be uniform in size- any mistakes can be corrected with the second coat of white.
Frame  2: Connect the edges of the dashes with more white polish.
Frame 3: Correct any mistakes and round off the points of connection between the zigzags. I also decided to thicken the ends of the zigzag to make the white polish look more like gloopy icing.
Step 4.) Add some sprinkles!
First, use a tiny dotting tool to make small white dots on any blank areas of lavender polish. Wait for the dots to dry, and then with the same dotting tool, add some multicolored glitter on top.
Step 5.) Seal with a topcoat, and you're done!
Products Used:
Essie "Blanc", Essie "Pilates Hottie", O.P.I "Don't Pretzel My Buttons", Urban Outfitters "Afterhours"
Basecoat: NailTek Foundation II
Topcoat: Seche Vite
I hope you try this one out; good luck!