Born in December, my birthstones are blue topaz and turquoise. I've seen a few different tutorials on how to create turquoise nails, but I decided to try the salt technique. I had some technical difficulties, so the end result didn't turn out like a traditional salt nail, but it looks like turquoise so that works for me. :)
This would be better as a video tutorial, but I haven't advanced to that level yet. Maybe later I might, but buying a tripod and other equipment is not on my list of things to buy while unemployed. A good video can be found on the Nail It! Magazine website.
I definitely need to try the salt technique again since it didn't work properly this time.
- Wet n Wild - French White Crème
- Liquitex Acrylic Paint - Bright Aqua Green
- Liquitex Acrylic Paint - Turquoise Deep
- Liquitex Acrylic Paint - Iridescent Rich Bronze
- 2-3 Paint brushes
- Matte top coat
- Base and top coats
I've heard that a coat of matte top coat helps the paint stick to the nail better. I did not do this, so the paint kept sliding off my nails, which is why I had to use so much paint and then lost the salt effect. Here's how to create the look:
- Apply a white base coat. This will make the colors pop more.
- If using a matte top coat, apply now before painting.
- Water down all three paints so they are a nice liquid consistency. They'll need to be able to spread when the salt is sprinkled on (see video link above).
- Proceed with the remaining steps, one nail at a time.
- Apply the Bright Aqua Green to your nail, by dabbing on with a paint brush.
- Add tiny droplets of Turquoise Deep.
- Brush Iridescent Rich Bronze, along the tip.
- Sprinkle salt on the nail. This will disperse the paint, so you may need to dab on some more for the desired effect.
- Let nails dry completely. The next step requires washing the salt away, so nails must be thoroughly dry so the paint doesn't wash off too.
- To wash off the salt, hold nails under running water. You can dab the nail to make sure all the salt is gone, but DO NOT rub!
- Carefully dry nails, and seal with top coat.
- For clean up, use a nail brush or q-tip dipped in acetone to clean around the edges. A lot of paint will get on your skin. Acrylic paint comes off skin pretty easily with some water and careful rubbing (use a toothpick or wood stick for more precise paint removal).