How To: Sharpie Nails

Sharpie Nail Art www.chelseaqueen.com

Using household items for nail art is one of my favorite things to do! I think this is why nail art is great for anybody. You don’t even need fancy tools! These nails were done using just nail polish, sharpies, and acetone (any kind of remover will work). I used a brush specific for nails, but using an old makeup brush works great also! Read on for a how-to…

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To begin, start by applying a base coat to all of your nails. Go back in and add two coats of any colored polish, but white really makes the sharpie colors pop! I used Nars Écume Darker colors won’t really work for this design.

While the actual art process is very quick, you will want to make sure your base color is pretty dry! You will be drawing directly on your nails with the sharpies, and if they aren’t dry they will dent the polish!

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Now we get to use the sharpies! You’re going to want a larger tip, using an extra fine point will be much more difficult! I was impatient and didn’t let these completely dry (I waited 10 minutes) and an extra fine point dented the polish and dragged. I used four different colors, but feel free to experiment! Also, no worries if you get it on your skin…the remover takes it right off.

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This next step really gives the watercolor effect! They do look pretty cool with just the sharpies, but this step blends all the colors together.

Use any size brush and dip it in acetone. You want it pretty wet, but not too much. It took me a few tries to get it right. Too dry and it won’t work, too wet and the acetone will flood the nails and cuticle area and take off the polish.

Dab it all over the nail and wipe off the brush and re-dip every couple of times. I probably dabbed the brush on the nail 5 times.

Give it a couple minutes and then add your top coat!

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What do you think of this technique? Are you going to try it out? If you do, tag me on social media! @chelseaqueen and #chelseaqueen.

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  • Natascha February 01, 2015 07.35 am

    That’s very cool.
    I’m from Germany and used these page because I can’t good English and wants it to improve.
    Nail Arts are my hobby and these Page will help me very much to learn English and take beautiful Nail Arts.
    I like this idea of art. Very nice.

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  • Physkoa February 26, 2015 01.04 am

    Nice! I have tons of sharpies, I will be trying this after my current mani wears out. One quick question though, since sharpies bleed with rubbing alcohol, could I use that instead to blur the sharpies? I know I’ll end up spazzing out and maybe get to the base coat at some point. I try to make my methods dummy proof, ya know, and rubbing alcohol doesn’t really affect dry polish that much.
    Thanks for the design!

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    • Chelsea King February 27, 2015 07.54 pm

      Yes rubbing alcohol works the same 🙂

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  • Elanor May 22, 2015 11.33 pm

    Thank you for this tutorial! You’ve made it so simple (some of the other ones out there are vastly complicated!) and your finished mani is gorgeous! You’ve inspired me to have a go myself!

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