Pretty Watercolor Nails

watercolor nailsThis freehand watercolor nail art looks pretty tricky, but it's not as hard as you might think. Michelle Saunders for essie was inspired by Rebecca Minkoff's new line -- the color scheme and 3D prints of the clothes are reflected here. We love the technique, and though these colors are gorge, you can also mix and match your own colors at will! How to: 1. Apply one coat of blanc to make the polish shades appear brighter 2. Beginning at the nail bed, apply one coat of bikini so teeny to half of the nail 3. Next, apply one coat of turquoise & caicos to the remaining half of the nail, slightly overlapping with bikini so teeny in the middle 4. Hard part alert! Dip a striping brush in lollipop and create a thin horizontal fault line across each nail (do this step to one hand at a time, as the red polish needs to be wet in order to create the watercolor effect) 5. Directly after creating the fault line, apply a generous amount ofgood to go top coat over the entire nail; continue to blend towards the tip of the nail until the desired look is achieved

Bonus tip: a base coat isn't necessary when creating nail art that consists of several layers of polish; it will make the polish too thick and extremely hard to work with.

Go forth and paint, nail artists!