What you’ll need:
• A single colour nail polish
• Two acrylic paints
• Nail polish remover
• Cotton pad
• Paper towel
Step one: Apply the base
Choose a single colour nail polish to be the base background of your nails. Paint all your nails in this colour and let it dry. Using a neutral colour for a base is a great way to ensure your splatter colours pop and stand out.
Step 2: Water down the paint
Pour a coin-sized amount of one of the acrylic paints onto some tin foil and add a few drops of water to it. Mix the paint with the water using the back of your toothbrush until it’s well blended. It should have a lighter, watercolour look to it.
Step 3: Soak the toothbrush
Dip the toothbrush bristles into the paint until all they are soaked in colour; lightly tap onto the foil to shake out any excess. Alternatively, rub the toothbrush head right into the paint to get a stronger colour.
Step 4: Spritz, spray and splatter
Now the fun begins. Place your finger on the paper towel, and with the other hand hold the toothbrush near the brush head. Run your thumb quickly across the bristles until it sprays and splatters onto your finger. Keep splattering until you get the concentration of colour that you want. Alternatively, to get that watercolour painting look, tap the toothbrush to make it spray and splatter onto your finger, creating uneven lines and splodges.
Step 5: Complete hand
Continue this process until you complete your whole hand. Wash the toothbrush until it’s dry and has no colour. Repeat the process with the other acrylic paint colour. If you want to be creative with different sizes, hold the toothbrush further away for smaller dots, and bring it closer to your finger for bigger dots.
Step 6: Clean fingers
Once you’ve finished the process, soak a cotton pad in nail polish remover and clean up any paint left on your skin. Alternatively use a wet nail brush if you can’t stand the nail polish remover’s strong fumes. Brush around your nails and dry with a cotton pad so you don’t accidentally wipe off the nail art.
Step 7: Finish it off
Finish off by applying a topcoat to protect and preserve your art, and to give a glossy shine. Repeat with the other hand until you get the same results.
Now that your nails are looking fresh, put your hand out to admire the art on your nails – they should resemble a speckled painting of perfection. What you’ll love most about this look is the beautiful shapes and colours, and the fact that no two nails look quite the same. As an extra tip, stick to complementary or monochromatic colours if you’re not into the youthful colourful carnival look.