Friday, 20 April 2012

NOTW: Easy Strawberry/Watermelon Nail Art Tutorial

Hello! I have something I'm quite excited about for you this week, I went through all of my nail polish colours and found the inspiration to use some ancient polishes to create a very easy and lazy strawberry nail art design! I'm going to apologise in advance for the messiness of the seeds - this is the reason I've never attempted nail art before now - I have the worlds un-steadiest hand!!

Here's what you'll need if you'd like to recreate this look:

Black (Babes - Glitz and Glam), Green (Rimmel - I ♥ Lasting Finish: 236 Green Grass), Red (MUA Shade 4) nail polishes, scissors, tape and some sort of dotting tool (mine is completely make-shift: I used a perfume diffuser stick).

Step One: Paint 2 coats of red and leave to dry for as long as possible.

Step Two:

  • Cut the tape into small strips that will fit along your nail. 
  • Leave a small gap, as if you're doing a french manicure. 
  • Paint the tip green then carefully remove the tape to leave a nice line.
  • Leave this to dry thoroughly
  • Apply a top coat to seal the design (I didn't do this)
Sorry they're a bit messy - I was rushing to pack at the same time as doing this so I kept smudging my hard work :(


Step Three:

  • Use a dotting tool to make the seeds - helps if you have a steady hand (unlike me)!!
  • Try to make a relatively symmetrical pattern
  • Paint with top coat to seal design (I didn't have time!)
  • Admire your finished result!


I took this semi awkward photo to show you that even though I have the art skill of a 4 year old - it still looks great from a distance!! This design really can be done by anyone. I got quite a few compliments later that day - so as long as I don't look too closely at my nails I'm really proud of my work! :D

What do you guys think? If you try it please leave your links in the comments! ♥

**EDIT: The more I stare at both my nails and this post, the more I keep mistaking them for watermelons. Thanks to Heather for officially confirming my fears :( Even my friend Bri was excited that I "finally tried to do the watermelon nails". Clearly I was right about my horrible art skills... Strawberry... Watermelon... Tomayto... Tomahhto. Meh.

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44 comments:

  1. I love nail art!the strawberrys are super cute. It gets easy the more you do... Warning its super addictive :)

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    1. I'm determined to keep trying! Thanks so much for the kind support xxx

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  2. Really adorable! The bright green polish is a fun accent too.

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    1. Thank you! I've worn the green on it's own and it's a very acid colour. I was really pleased to see it turn more of the colour green I wanted when applied over the red polish :) xxx

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  3. yaay, I love tutorials! and this design :) btw, you're not the only one with "the worlds unsteadiest hand" :) xx

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    1. Thank you so much! I'd love to see your result if you try this one! :) xxxx

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  4. Oh I'm excited to try this.

    B xxx
    backfortea.blogspot.com

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    1. Post it if you do I'd love to see :) xxx

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  5. Whenever I attempt nail art it's never perfect either :) especially when I'm doing it on my right hand! This looks so cute tho and makes me want to sit on the beach eating (slurping?) strawberry slush puppies! xx

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    1. Oh gosh I couldn't even show you guys my other hand it looks such a mess!!! :D mmmm Slush Puppies. Want one now!! OMNOM xxxx

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  6. I did some nail art the other day that made me feel like I had the skills of a 4-year old too! I had to wipe it off immediately! This is cute and easy!

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    1. Aww thank you. I hope with more practice it can be a bit neater! xxxx

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  7. I love this! The perfume diffuser stick is a nice touch! I used a biro nib for a dotting tool for my easter egg nails! I'm a nail blogger, I really should have one!!! I do have a black nail art pen though which is what I'd use for this, hello £1.50 at Primark - dries SO FAST!

    http://trulypolished.blogspot.com

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    1. Oh!! Pen nib is such a good idea, wish I thought of that, the stick was so clumsy to use that's why I made such a mess! I will have to get that Primark pen - I've wanted a good cheap one for ages xxx

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  8. Hey!!

    Really good work (: Maybe try a toothpick or something for the seeds, that's what I used to do before I got dotting tools, I was thinking of trying a Matte version of this, thanks for the tutorial! (:

    http://sgnails.blogspot.com.au/

    ~Shaina

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    1. Thanks for the advice :) I went hunting round the house for cocktail stick/toothpick but this was the closest thing I could find! :( I would love to see your matte version! :) xxxx

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  9. Aww, this is such a cute design. I'm not very creative when it comes to nails so I love reading posts like this! xx

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    1. Thank you! I'm slowly realising how much they definitely look like watermelons and not strawberries. For all intents and purpose they are the same fruit for now :D xxxx

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  10. Aww they look so cute, if you have the art skill of a 4 year old I'm about aged 2 . . . months.

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    1. hahah nooo I'm sure that's not true!

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  11. hahaha rachael this isn't strawberry this is watermelon :P strawberry would have white spots. you're such a silly sausage i love you <3

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    1. EURGH NO I was hoping no-one would notice... every time I've looked at this since I posted it my nails have looked more and more like watermelons :( :( I told you I have no skillsssss! <3 <3 <3

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  12. I am so going to try this! I have tried a few nail art designs and I always find that they look amazing from the distant rather than up front.

    www.lifeslittlestars.blogspot.com

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    1. Haha yeah I agree! I don't know if that's just how I can justify my horrendous art skills but oh well! :D xxx

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  13. awww i love these :)
    i tried to do water melon one's once but i did the sees yellow, u used the tip of a cocktail stick, it seemed to work out alrite!
    your look fab :)
    i love that rimmel green colour

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    1. Thank you! The green is really great, but wearing it on bear nails stains them a really horrible colour! I hunted up and down the house for a cocktail stick but couldn't find one! That's what I wanted to use :( xxxx

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  14. Cool colours!Love them all!♥

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  15. This looks sooo fun! I can't wait to try this out soon!

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    1. I hope to see it if you do! :) x

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  16. looks watermelon to me. but very adorable! would love to try this! :)

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    1. Yeah I've given up on believing they could still pass as strawberries! I'd love to see your go at it :) x

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  17. They are soooo cute!!!! :) i just love them soo much <3

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  18. So beautiful. Joan and I want to try this when we have time. We are busy planting corn now and planting our garden. Joan said when we paint our nails watermelon we best keep them hid from hubby as he will bite at anything that looks like a watermelon.lol. Yes hubby loves watermelon. He plants almost half of our 1 acre garden in watermelons. He also loves WATERMELON RIND PRESERVES.
    We put up about 40 jars every year.
    Thank you for the strawberry/watermelon nail art design.
    Love you, Joann

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    1. I adore watermelon too - though I didn't know you could preserve the rinds. They taste kind of icky to me!! :) You can take so much inspiration for nail art from so many foods! It would be cool to see if you tried it :) Thanks for stopping by again! xxxxxx

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  19. I love these! They're adorable Rachael! I'm picking up some products tomorrow and a green varnish is now in my list!

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    1. Aww thanks lovely - I hope to see a much better version than mine on your blog when you try it! xxx

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  20. I like that, very interesting :)

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    1. Thank you! :) Makes me feel all summery x

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