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Saturday, March 9, 2013

How-To: Sushi Nail Art

Hello again! Unsurprisingly, I got bored and decided to make today a nail art day... a sushi nail art day. Truthfully, I'm not a big fan of eating sushi, but it's just too pretty not to be commemorated with nail art!

Step 1.) Apply a basecoat to your nails and then paint on a coat of mint green polish (which for the purpose of this tutorial I'm calling wasabi green).
Step 2.) Follow the charts below to create the sushi. I've made three different sushi designs, so you can either use one design on all fingers, or mix them up as I've done.
California Rolls

Top row: Use a white polish to create a large oval that stops approximately halfway down the nail. I recommend standing directly over the nail instead of at an angle while you paint the oval to ensure that it's even. Next, use a black striper to carefully outline the oval. This will give you an opportunity to correct any jagged edges.
Bottom row: Use the same wasabi green polish from step 1 and a pinky/coral color to dab on the filling. I used a medium sized dotting tool and arranged the two colors in a circular shape, while leaving some of the "circle" white. Finally, use your black striper to shape the coral/wasabi colors into a more defined circle. This doesn't have to be perfect- you're just adding definition.
Red Caviar Sushi

Top row: With your black polish, make a basic tip that is slightly flatter across the top. Then, use a white striper to make a thick line on top of the black.
Bottom row: Use a bright coral red polish and a medium or large dotting tool to make a mountain of caviar (oooh, how luxurious). Since I don't own a coral polish, I had to mix together bright red, yellow, and a bit of white- this just goes to show that you don't need tons of colors to achieve a variety of nail art looks. Lastly, use a light pink shade and the same dotting tool to highlight the caviar beads. 
Salmon Sushi

Top row: With white polish, paint the tip of the nail, but make the tip rounded and convex instead of concave. Then use a peachy/salmon polish to paint a thick section on top of the white. Don't worry if the salmon section is thicker on one side- I actually think this looks more realistic!
Bottom row: Wipe off most of the polish on a white striper, and then paint short little slanted dashes on the salmon section. Finally, use a black striper to paint a vertical band over the sushi. To give the salmon more dimension, curve the black slightly as you paint over that section, and then make the line completely straight once you reach the white tip.  
Well, that's it! I hope you try out this design and have fun doing so!
Products Used:

Illamasqua "Milf", Butter London "Dahling", Sally Hansen "Black Out", Sally Hansen "Mellow Yellow", Nailtini "Bloody Mary", Essie "Blanc", Kiss Nail Art Paint in black and white.
Base and Topcoat: Orly Bonder, Seche Vite.


  1. Emily - I wanted to let you know that I linked you on my blog as inspiration for my Monkey See Monkey Do mani.

  2. Oh my goodness, I'm so flattered (and your manicure looks great)!! Thanks for linking my blog- it really means a lot!