Try This Zig Zag Nail Art Tutorial

If you can scribble, you can do this.
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If you can scribble, you can do this.
Zig Zag Mani

With a new year, comes new nail art. And what better way to embrace 2013 than with a mani featuring Pantone's colour of the year: emerald green!

Okay. So, maybe the shade of green I chose is a little richer than the classic emerald—but it's the thought that counts, right? Besides, who really wants to walk around looking like their hands have been attacked by Flubber? Not I.

What you need

  • Base and top coats
  • Emerald green nail polish (I used Avon Nailwear Pro+ Nail Enamel in Midnight Green)
  • Silver nail polish (I used Quo by Orly Nail Colour in Cinderella Moment)
  • A toothpick

Step one

Apply a base coat as per usual. I recently made the switch to SpaRitual Laquer Lock ColorStay Basecoat.

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It's vegan, 3-free (free of the chemicals dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde and toluene), and holds true to it's name: ColorStay. While the base coat is more expensive than your average drugstore brand, it is worth it for people like me who just cannot handle polish chips. Promise.

Step two

Apply the two nail polish colours, green and silver, side by side on each nail.

Zig Zag Mani - step 2

One swipe down the side covered about half of my nail. Don't worry about it being perfectly straight; you are going to mess it up soon, anyway.

Pro tip: Do this on only one nail before you move on to step three (why I'm saying this will become clear in a second).

Step three

While it's still wet, run a toothpick through the polish in a controlled zig zag crazy, out-of-control scribble.

Zig Zag Mani - step 3

It's actually that easy to blend the colours together.

Step four

Now that you've done one nail, go back and repeat steps two and three on the next nail... and so on until you've done all 10. In other words, paint on the halves, scribble away, and then move on to the next nail. If the nail polish dries before you scribble, it won't blend together very well, or at all.

Then, apply a top coat to smooth out any ridges from the toothpick.

Zig Zag mani - step 4

I hope you nail it!

Would you try this nail art?
How do you feel about wearing emerald green on your nails... or anywhere else?
What kind of nail art look do you want to see next?