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Clouds? Aztec? Tribal? No matter what you call it, these nails are awesome!
This nail art only requires the brushes that come in the polish bottle! Super easy with big pay-off!

Posted by lacquerologist from Canton, Ohio, United States • Published See lacquerologist's 7 projects »
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  • How to paint patterned nail art. Simple Curvy Cloud Nail Art - Step 1
    Step 1

    Apply base coat to your nail and then prep your nail with a neutral base shade. I used three coats of OPI My Vampire Is Buff. Using the brush in the bottle, create a stripe from the center of your nail to the side wall. Allow enough polish on the end of your brush to create a rounded edge. A brush such as those in OPI polishes work well for this because they hold a lot of polish. I'm using OPI You're Such A Budapest for my first color here.

  • How to paint patterned nail art. Simple Curvy Cloud Nail Art - Step 2
    Step 2

    Do the same on both sides of the original stripe. Make the side stripes about 2/3 the length of the original stripe. There will probably be polish all over your sidewall and cuticle by this point. You can go ahead and clean up between each color to limit the mess later!

  • How to paint patterned nail art. Simple Curvy Cloud Nail Art - Step 3
    Step 3

    Repeat the previous steps with additional colors, just moving closer to the side wall with each color. I used three colors in addition to You're Such A Budapest: OPI Suzi's Hungary Again!, OPI Can't Find My Czechbook, and OPI I Saw...U Saw...We Saw...Warsaw. If you are using a polish with a large brush, like OPI, you can turn it on its side to apply smaller stripes.

  • How to paint patterned nail art. Simple Curvy Cloud Nail Art - Step 4
    Step 4

    Clean-up using acetone and an angled eyeliner brush. Apply a top coat to seal in your design! I used Out the Door top coat.

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