Graffiti Nail Art Tutorial by Naomi Yasuda
Naomi Yasuda has tinted the talons of celebrities like Lady Gaga, Keri Hilson and Kim Cattrall. Now, she's designing a manicure for you.
This nail art look is inspired by graffiti, but it also evokes a Jackson Pollock painting gone bubblegum bright. It's a foolproof, easy design that anyone can do; all you need is an old toothbrush and your favorite neon polishes.
Want more tips and designs from Yasuda? See her nautical polka-dot nail art, too.
The biggest mistake made by nail art novices, Yasuda says, is to skip the clear top and base coat. Make sure to do two coats of your main color before adding any designs. If you really want your art to last, use a gel nail set as your base.
To create a splattered graffiti look, Yasuda used an old toothbrush. Pour your paint on a piece of foil and dip the brush in it. Make sure to dab away any excess so that the color goes on evenly.
Jackson Pollock Style
Continue to layer more colors on top of the first. (Make sure to clean off the toothbrush between polishes.) No need to wait for the layers to dry — the messier the mix, the better.
As Clean as Can Be
If you don't have an orange stick in your DIY manicure kit, reach for a Q-tip or toothpick wrapped in cotton to clean up excess polish at the cuticles.
For this project, you'll need a variety of nail polish colors and a toothbrush. Old, used toothbrushes work best because the bristles are softer and more spread out.