Today I’d like to show you how to recreate this fun tie dye manicure using gel polish. Gel is the perfect medium to use for this type of design as while it remains uncured it is easy to move around the nail without worrying about the colour drying. While you can follow a similar process with regular nail polish you will need to work quickly before the colour dries too much.
- Start with a white base (I used Gelish Arctic Freeze). Do not cure your final layer.
- Over the uncured white, lay bands of black (Gelish Black Shadow) down the nail. Do not cure. For this tutorial I applied the black direct from the brush (make sure you drain the brush of excess polish) but you could also use a dotting tool for thinner bands.
- Using a thin striping brush drag lines through the gel from the top band down to the edges of the nails.
- Once you’re happy with your design, cure for the duration reccommended by the manufacturer of your gel polish. At this point you may wish to add a coat of smoothing or builder gel if your design is particularly bumpy over the bands of colour. I found that the monochrome design came out fairly smooth whereas the coloured design had more texture to it. If you don’t have any smoothing gel then try an extra layer of topcoat.
The possibilities for this design are endless. I also tried it with neon colours over white (Gelish Radiance is my Middle Name, Sometimes A Girl’s Gotta Glow, Pacific Sunset, Tahiti Hottie and Rockin’ the Reef) but you could try shades of a single colour or metallics over black. You can also vary the placements of the bands or the shape of them to create a different effect. Next time around I’m going to try a circular design.