Super Easy Watercolor Nails

Lisa writes… 

LOZLOSA - Super Easy Watercolor Nails - watercolor, nail art, butterLONDON, China Glaze, Essie, Orly

Earlier this week, I had my usual hankering for nail art.  Wasn’t looking for anything complicated, just simple and pretty.  Oh, and the tools needed for this particular adventure? They had to be among the supplies already on hand, because I had no intention of braving the torrential elements outside.


It was while rummaging through a ginormous box of craft supplies, that I caught sight of a loose makeup sponge!

Sweetheart, I was then cooking with gas…

Super Easy Watercolor Nails on LOZLOSA

Today’s mani is a watercolor sponge job, fashioned with a cluster of bright summer hues, over a vibrant yellow base.  It’s the kind of combo I’m most partial to:  unique, simple, and abstract (a/k/a mistake-proof). 

Want to replicate my Super Easy Watercolor Nails?  Here’s how…

1.   Apply your favorite base coat, and allow nails to fully dry.  Today’s pick:  OPI Nail Envy!  Next, we’re talking color…

2.   Paint 1-3 thin layers (to opacity) of a bright yellow creme, allowing each layer to dry before applying the next.  I used two coats of butterLONDON Cheeky Chops for this step.

LOZLOSA - Super Easy Watercolor Nails

3.  Next, grab a clean makeup sponge, and using four bright polishes (cremes work nicely, and shimmers add pizzazz), swab thick patches of each polish onto the sponge, so that the colors touch  at the edges. For this mani, I went with a shimmery hot pink (Orly Fiesta), a bright orange creme (butterLONDON Jaffa), a shimmery leaf green (China Glaze Tree Hugger), and a medium turquoise creme (Essie Cabana).

LOZLOSA - Super Easy Watercolor Nails

4.  See that polished sponge up there?  We’re going to use it like a stamper.  While still wet, position the sponge over the left edge of each nail, and while gently pressing down, roll that sponge (in one smooth motion) to the opposite right side. Repeat this step with each nail, applying additional polish to the sponge, as needed.

5.  It’s now clean-up time!  Use a cotton bud/Q-tip, dipped in acetone, to remove sponged polish from the skin around your nails. 

6.  Last step:  Apply a layer of top coat to seal your uniquely polished watercolor nails!

I told you it was easy! :)

LOZLOSA - Super Easy Watercolor Nails

Well, there you have it:  A mani for young and old, featuring super simple nail art, and using supplies you likely already have on hand.  Can’t wait to try it again, with a different color palette.

How about you?  Are you game for ridiculously simple watercolor nails?  Got tips of your own?  Let me know in comments.

Thanks so much for stopping by! Here’s hoping you have yourself a blissfully Happy Hump Day. 😉

  18 comments for “Super Easy Watercolor Nails

  1. Dionne
    July 24, 2013 at 4:38 am

    So pretty!! And I love the colors you chose! And the tutorial is so easy to follow I think even I can do it, lol!! Love it Lisa!!

  2. CreativelyYours
    July 24, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Looks great and easy to follow steps…thanks for sharing!

  3. July 24, 2013 at 1:16 pm

    I love this! Its so pretty!

  4. July 24, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    I love this! Super pretty, I will be trying this technique out soon. Thanks for providing the step by step instructions :)

  5. July 24, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    This is the easiest technique for a watercolor mani I’ve seen yet. Awesome work, Lisa and thanks for the tutorial!

  6. MyNewestAddiction
    July 25, 2013 at 1:44 am

    You did such a great job! I can never pull it off!

  7. July 25, 2013 at 1:54 am

    Beautiful, love the colors. You made it so simple too.

  8. Amber
    July 25, 2013 at 10:49 pm

    Wow, what a gorgeous color combo!! Love simple nail art! :)

  9. July 25, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Thanks, Amber! It’s the only kind, in my book. 😉

  10. July 25, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Thank you very much, Jeanie!!

  11. July 25, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    Thank you, Laura! :)

  12. July 25, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Thanks so much, Natalie!! Yup, ridiculously easy.

  13. July 25, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    Hi, Amy. You’re welcome. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and comment! :)

  14. July 25, 2013 at 11:57 pm

    My pleasure. Thank you for taking the time!!! :)

  15. July 25, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Thanks so much, Eugenia!!!

  16. July 25, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    You’re such a doll, Dionne! 😡 Thank you, sweetie.

  17. Amber
    July 26, 2013 at 12:02 am

    haha me too Lisa!!

  18. July 29, 2013 at 1:27 am

    Lovely look! This makes me want it to be summer so I can have bright, watercolour nails, too! And now I have added Cheeky Chops, Fiesta, and Tree Hugger to my to-buy list 😉

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