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have bold and wild nails with nailpolish & toothpicks!
This easy nail painting tutorial will get your nails ready for a day at the beach or the perfect accessory for your Summer party!

Posted by Sheena D. Published See Sheena D.'s 8 projects »
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  • How to paint a geometric nail manicure. Summer Tribal Nails - Step 1
    Step 1

    Gather your supplies. Pick bright, contrasting colors. I suggest using a lighter color as your base color and the other colors will pop better when layered on top.

  • How to paint a geometric nail manicure. Summer Tribal Nails - Step 2
    Step 2

    Start with painting your nails with a clear base coat. This will prevent the colored polish from staining your nails. ( I had this happen when I did a dark blue)

  • How to paint a geometric nail manicure. Summer Tribal Nails - Step 3
    Step 3

    Paint your nails the base color. I used a bright coral color, one of my favorites for Summer!

  • How to paint a geometric nail manicure. Summer Tribal Nails - Step 4
    Step 4

    Use a Q-tip with nail polish remover to clean up any mistakes you make. You will need to do this at the end as well, after painting your design.

  • How to paint a geometric nail manicure. Summer Tribal Nails - Step 5
    Step 5

    Use the nail polish brush and place small amounts of the contrasting colored polish on the paper to dip your toothpick in.

  • How to paint a geometric nail manicure. Summer Tribal Nails - Step 6
    Step 6

    After your base coat is dry, use the nail polish brushes and paint a thin stripe on each nail. I painted the lines in different directions on alternating nails. Be sure not to press the nail brush down on to your nail or the stripe will be to wide. Just sweep the brush with a small amount of polish on it, across your nail.

  • How to paint a geometric nail manicure. Summer Tribal Nails - Step 7
    Step 7

    After the stripes have dried, use the toothpick, dip it in an alternate color and paint polka dots down the stripe. Be sure to use only a small amount of polish each time and switch out the toothpick to prevent build up. This allows for more precise painting. These toothpicks happen to have a flat end which worked well in placing the dots.

  • How to paint a geometric nail manicure. Summer Tribal Nails - Step 8
    Step 8

    Use the other color polishes and with the long end of your toothpicks, add lines in various patterns to fill in your nails. I had not plan, just added lines and colors where they fit and made sure after I did one hand I matched the design on my other hand.

  • How to paint a geometric nail manicure. Summer Tribal Nails - Step 9
    Step 9

    After you are done with your designs, let your nails completely dry and then put a coat of clear polish on them. If you don't wait for them to dry, the clear coat will smear your designs. Then take your Q-tip with nail polish remover to clean up the edges.

  • How to paint a geometric nail manicure. Summer Tribal Nails - Step 10
    Step 10

    Now your nails are ready for a Summer party!

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