June 05, 2022

Tribal Tropics

Tribal Tropics

Mixing different textures - matte, shiny, grainy, and 3D - gives this mani a lot of dimension which adds to the design. 

Still working with the Sippin' Pretty collection I received from Artistic Nail Design, I decided to pair the teal and orange crème polishes. Keeping with the tropical summer theme, I added some Polynesian flare, and the acrylic powder gives a sandy feel.

Blue and Orange Tropical Nails

Polish Used:

  • Artistic Colour Revolution - Tropic Like It's Hot
  • Artistic Colour Revolution - Bellini Bikini
  • Artistic Colour Gloss - Bride
  • Wet n Wild - French White Crème
  • Base coat
  • Gel top coat - regular and matte
Other Supplies:
  • UV/LED lamp
  • Nail art brush
  • Acrylic paint - black, white, red, yellow, blue
  • Silicone mat
  • Buildable gel
  • Bundle Monster stamping plate - Polynesia BM-XL112
  • Clear stamper
  • Clear acrylic powder
  • Nail glue
  • Gold seashell charm

Painting each nail with a different design takes a bit longer, but it is totally worth it. To create this look:
  1. Tiki Nail
    • Apply an orange base color.
    • Stamp a tiki pattern with blue polish. Since the polish I used is not stamping polish, I used a nail art brush to paint over the pattern a few times. Then seal on with top coat.
    • Apply matte top coat.
    • Use a nail art brush to apply buildable gel over the pattern.
  2. Marble Nail
    • Apply a white base color.
    • On a silicone mat, apply stripes of blue, orange, and white polish.
    • Use a nail art brush or orange stick to zig zag through the polish.
    • Use a wide nail art brush to "scoop" across the polish.
    • Keeping the brush as pictured (so the polish will be on top of the brush), drag the brush across the nail.
  3. Tribal Hook Nail
    • Apply a blue base color.
    • Stamp the tribal hook design with orange polish. As with the other stamped nail, since this is not stamping polish, I painted over the design with a nail art brush. Seal on with top coat.
    • Apply matte top coat.
  4. Seashell Nail
    • Apply an orange base color.
    • Apply gel top coat, and sprinkle with clear acrylic powder before curing.
    • Glue a gold seashell at the base of the nail.
  5. Humu Musubi Nail
    • Apply a blue base color.
    • Use a nail art brush and acrylic paint to paint a humu musubi. Design is by Sumo Fish.
      Humu Musubi Nail Art

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