This time on Friday Night Nails, I wanted to try the Grunge Nails Tutorial from Nails Adored
The basic idea of the grunge nail is to start with a black base, then using a paint brush instead of a nail polish brush, you layer up alternating colors. Once you have all your layers in place and dry, you take that same brush dipped in acetone and drag it back through the layers, exposing different colors as you go.
|The right hand looks like it was painted by a totally different person|
While the concept is not particularly difficult. My results are very different then the tutorial. While her nails resulted in subtle fading washes of colors, mine looked like an LSD fueled liquid light display. While I am a little bummed, I actually kinda of liked the effect.
You can take the basics of this technique and do all sorts of cool things with it. You can do funky brights like I did, you could do a tone on tone gradiant...the sky is the limit.
These are the colors I used to create these nails.
Here some tips I learned doing this effect. Make sure all your layers are super dry before you start the next layer or the final acetoning. If they are still tacky, the colors can muddy up when you start blending them. Also, be really careful with the final acetone step. You can very easily go through all the colors and expose bare nails. I did this a few times and it was a pain in the ass to fix and is totally obvious. I used an E.L.F Eyeliner Brush and in hindsight I would have selected a paint brush closer to the one used in the tutorial. I have a ton, I was just too lazy too look for one. Laziness and impatience is the enemy of great nails.
Would you try grunge nails? Do you have any other nail arts designs you are dying to try?