Tuesday, May 3, 2011

My Lattice Print Mani

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I had a few requests to do a how-to post on the lattice nails I wore in a recent outfit post. I hesitated to show this because it reveals just how imperfect my design actually is. Oops! Oh well. Here you have it, a step by step tutorial for lattice print nails!


Step 1: The Tools
You will need two contrasting polish colors and a top coat.
I used OPI San Tan Tonio and OPI for Sephora Sue vs. Shue for the colors and Seche Vite as the top coat.

You will also need a very thin paintbrush for painting the lines. I used an old paintbrush and cut most of the bristles off so that it was thin enough. You can also use a nail art pen to paint the lines if you wish.


Step 2: The Base
Grab the bottle you wish to use as the base. Paint a coat and let it dry completely before moving to the next step.


Step 3: The Design
I recommend practicing this step on something else to get used to the motion. If you get all the troubleshooting out of the way first, your actual mani will turn out much better. I've also found that painting straighter lines is easier if you hold the paintbrush against your nail and slowly turn your finger to paint the line.

Dip the paintbrush into the second polish and carefully paint lines in the direction and order depicted in the photo below.




Next, finish the pattern by painting lines that follow the arrows in the photo below.



Repeat on each nail until you are finished.


Step 4: The Top Coat
Once the stripes are dry, finish up your manicure with your favorite top coat!




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VoilĂ ! You've just finished your very own lattice mani! Send me your finished product and I'll feature your version on my blog!






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6 comments:

Julie Khuu said...

Oh how fun! Love that little pattern...I could totally see this look rocked with a graphic b/w combo to really make it pop! Great tips, thanks for sharing!

xo-Julie

Haute Khuuture Blog

Sam said...

cute! those are fun!

Brittney said...

wwwoooooooooahh, baby! those puppies are fierce! i thought your tutorial was great...unfortunately, it's about all i can do to keep mine painted all the same color, with my two little self-proclaimed manicurists in the house (my 2- and 5-year-old daughters).
-brittney
http://adayinlifetoo.blogspot.com (my daily outfit blog...come on by if you'd like to see some sorely neglected fingernails... sighhh.)

Ruby Girl said...

are you kidding!? i'm amazed. stunned. maybe because i just painted my nails last night and remembered how terribly unskilled I am at painting nails, just the normal way! I can't imagine pulling this off. maybe someday! jels that you can! <3 EverRubyGirl.blogspot.com

Adiel said...

Julie - You're absolutely right! I'll have to try a b&w combo next time I do this!

Sam - Thank you so much!

Brittney - Aw, I'm sure your nails looks great because they were painted with love ;)

Ruby - A little secret, the more you do it, the better you get. ;)

Amber said...

They may not be perfectly straight lines if you see them close up, but at the normal distance that people will see them, the effect is fantastic. It takes a pretty steady hand to get them as straight and as evenly spaced as you did without some sort of guide. Basically, I'm saying you did a great job and thanks for sharing!