Saturday, 11 May 2013

Retro Nails Tutorial

Hello my loves <3 ! Recently I created this manicure that kind of gave me a retro kinda vibe and I absolutely love it and hope you will too. I took pictures of most steps as I went along with the hopes that my idea would come to life and it did, so I'll be sharing how I did it for those of you that would like to recreate this look!

Here are the items I used to create this look:

  • China Glaze - For Audrey
  • China Glaze - Spontaneous
  • China Glaze - Secret Peri-wink-le
  • Orly - Au Champagne 
  • Saran Wrap
  • D191 Black Water Decal (From the Born Pretty Store)
  • Top coat (not pictured)
Step 1 - Paint your nails the base color of your choice. I used Au Champagne by Orly as my base color, but you can use whatever color you would like and wouldn't mind showing in your design. Let your nails completely dry.
Step 2 - Select 2 or more colors of your choice. I chose For Audrey, Spontaneous, and Secret Peri-wink-le by China Glaze for a nice and easy blue to purple blend of colors. Using the brushes of the polish (or a dotting tool if you would like), dab the polishes you selected on the nail, leaving none of your base color showing (I recommend doing this step one nail at a time). Take your saran wrap and lightly press on the painted nail.
When you finish this step, it should like this prior to clean up:

And should look something like this after being cleaned up & top coated to assist with blending:

Allow your nails to dry completely.

Step 3 - Apply your water decal of choice, clean up any excess, and then top coat your design! And you're done!
Hope you enjoyed this cute and easy design! If you would like to see more posts like this, don't be afraid to let me know!

Peace & Love,


  1. Wow, the result is gorgeous!

  2. This is such a fantastic mani, great job!

  3. This looks awesome!!!!

  4. SO pretty! It looks great before you even add the decals!!! I wonder....I used these>> sipper decals...think it would look good if I did this method, as well??? I wonder...because they are sippers.... Would love an opinion...
    *I am sorry if me sharing that post upsets you, just want an no way asking you to go like or follow me...hope you understand and that it is ok:)..
    I just wonder.... if it would look as good with these decals...?!?!?! GOnna use your code and get these though.... I MUST after seeing this great mani:):):) thanks!