Tie Dyed Nail Art

titdye1How sweet is this mani? Just for you I scoured the internet to figure out the best way to do this and I think I have “nailed” it. This takes time as you can only do one or two nails at a time so makes sure you are not rushed. I found the hardest part, after a lot of trial and error, to be getting a good pattern. Here are my best practises tips.

You will need:

  • foil cupcake wrapper or glass container
  • chapstick
  • distilled water, bottled or previously boiled and cooled water works too
  • toothpick
  • different nail polish colors, a good brand like OPI, NICOLE or Sally Hansen makes a big difference
  • cotton swabs
  • nail polish remover
  • tissues or paper towels
  1. Paint nails with a base coat. White seemed to work best to make the colors pop.
  2. Using chapstick, coat around and under nails. This protects your skin and allows you to wipe excess nail polish off with ease. I found it best to coat all the way down to my first knuckle. Do one or two fingers at a time with the chapstick as it will also dry and not protect as well.
  3. Fill a disposable container with luke warm or room temperature water, I used a foil cupcake wrapper but dixie cups and glass jars work well too. Distilled water works best but I used water from the kettle that was previously boiled and cooled and also bottled water works well… tap water did NOT work well.
  4. Time is key here so do this next step as quickly as possible so the nail polish does not dry.
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  6. drop nail polishes one at a time into the dish to form a bullseye. Do this till you have 6-12 rings. The lower to the water you drop the better I found it spread. Dropping from very high will make the drop sink to the bottom.
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  8. Using your toothpick lightly drag the polish from the outside into the center to form a pattern/design that you like. This is trickier than it looks so play a bit.
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  10. Once you have a design, figure out what part of the pattern you want on your nail, then turn the container so its is easy to get to
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  12. With palm facing up, dip you nails on the part of the pattern you like and hold in the water for 2-3 seconds.
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  14. Meanwhile swirl the toothpick around your finger in the water to pick up excess nailpolish.
  15. Lift finger out of water and tap off excess water. You should have a crazy mess at this point.
  16. Wait 30 seconds for nail polish to settle then wipe off excess polish from your skin with a tissue or paper towel. It should come off easily because of the chapstick.
  17. Clean up with a cotton swab dipped in nail polish remover.
  18. Clean your cup by swirling the tooth pick around until all traces of nail polish are gone.
  19. Repeat for each nail. Sometimes if you have a great pattern you can get two nails out of the same one. And the best part of this nail style is that it is one-of-a-kind. Each nail is unique just like you!
  20. This video has lots of helpful tips:


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