Try This "Oil Spill" Nail Art Tutorial

The easiest runway nail art EVER!
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The easiest runway nail art EVER!
Chloe Comme Parris - Fall 2013 nails

Don't be intimidated by this mani! Yes, it's a runway look (Chloé comme Parris, at Toronto Fashion Week last week). And yes, it was created by one of the hottest new nail artists (Toronto's very own Rita Remark, who has just been named lead nail artist for Essie).

But it's still easy enough for you to DIY this thing at home, I promise. Take a closer look:

Chloe Comme Parris - Fall 2013 nails

It's called an "Oil Spill" mani and I feel like Rita created it with nail art dolts like me in mind.

She taught a mini-class on it last week and I found out that it's not about being perfectly meticulous with your application—in fact, it's just the opposite. The colours are supposed to swirl into each other, and slightly differently on each nail, for a totally unique, oily-looking texture. It's super-cool (like Rita herself!). I think it looks especially great with a longer, almond-shaped nail.

Let's do this thing...

What you need

Oil spill mani - what you need
  • Base coat (such as Essie First Base Base Coat)
  • A shimmery grey nail polish (such as Essie Nail Polish in Over the Edge, a "metallic midnight silver")
  • A shimmery dark blue nail polish (such as Essie Nail Polish in Midnight Cami, a "shimmering deep twilight blue")
  • A silver nail polish (such as Essie Nail Polish in No Place Like Chrome, a "silver metallic")
  • A shimmery purple nail polish (such as Essie Nail Polish in Sexy Divide, a "bold deep purple with hints of shimmer")
  • A shimmery teal nail polish (such as Essie Nail Polish in Trophy Wife, a "deep teal pearl")
  • Top coat (such as Essie No Chips Ahead Top Coat)

Step one

Oil spill mani - step 1

Apply a thin layer of base coat.

Step two

Oil spill mani - step 2

Apply a thin coat of shimmery grey nail polish (such as Essie Nail Polish in Over the Edge) to the entire nail plate.

Step three

Oil spill mani - step 3

Since Essie nail polishes dry quickly, you'll need to work on one nail at a time. Open up the other shades: dark blue (Essie Nail Polish in Midnight Cami), silver (Essie Nail Polish in No Place Like Chrome), purple (Essie Nail Polish in Sexy Divide) and teal (Essie Nail Polish in Trophy Wife).

Step four

Oil spill mani - step 4

Working quickly, add a few strokes of each shade to one nail, allowing for some inconsistencies and unevenness.

Step five

Oil spill mani - step 5

Using the brush from your bottle of top coat (Essie No Chips Ahead Top Coat), gently swirl the colours together. Remember to use a light hand because you don't want to colours to blend—they should just swirl together.

Step six

Oil spill mani - step 6

When you have completed all ten nails, apply a coat of top coat (Essie No Chips Ahead Top Coat) to complete the look.

So... what do you think?

Are you into this nail look?
Have you ever tried the colour-swirling technique?
What's your favourite nail look/colour these days?