Introduction: Double Tipped Nails

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I've decided to take a whack at doing some nail art.  I started with a simple take on the french manicure.

  • Base Color (if you would like one, I don't like my nails so I wanted to cover them)
  • 2 Nail polish colors of choice*
  • Nail Brush (I just took an old fine tipped paint brush and trimmed off some of the extra bristles)
  • Top Clear Coat
The colors I used are
  • Base: French Manicure Pink
  • Tip Color: Rimmel Play Fast #810 Chill
  • Inside Color: Essie #376 Blueberry Crumb
*You are going to want two colors you feel look good together.  I decided to go with a dark and light blue.  I have also done black and while and felt that looked good, but when I did a red and lighter red that blended together, I did not like it.  I think it is best if the colors at are at least distinguishable from one another.

  1. If you are using one, put on your base color and let it dry completely.
  2. Paint the tip of your nail with the darker color.  You can use the lighter on the outside if you want, but I prefered dark on the outside. Let dry.  (it helps to dab some nail polish on a piece of paper and use that to dip your nail brush in)
  3. Paint the inner color along the outer color. Let dry.
  4. Cover with a clear coat.
Make sure to clean your brush between uses.  I used nail polish remover which seems to be working alright.  I have also read that acetone works best, but I have not tried it yet.  Try to not let the nail polish dry on the brush.

Enjoy your pretty nails!  I would advise doing this with a friend, because it is hard to paint, with accuracy, with your non-dominate hand.


mclare50 (author)2013-04-11

You have beautiful nails!!! Don't feel like you have to cover them, they're gorgeous!!!

Carol at Natures Sol (author)2013-01-25

Now if I could just keep my nails from breaking :)

Oh my gosh, my nails are always breaking. Before I painted my nails every nail on my right hand broke. Ridiculous. Luckily my left hand nails, for some reason, remained unbroken so I could at least show this look off without having to show my stubby nails. There is a reason you only see my left hand :)

doodlecraft (author)2013-01-25

These are adorable--a perfect ombre nail effect! Nice tutorial! :)
Here's my "painting nails alone" tip: Instead of trying to "paint" with the non dominate hand, instead just hold the brush still with that hand...move the dominate/accurate hand around the still brush to get it painted perfectly! :) {hope that made sense!}

That makes sense. I will have to try that next time :) Temporarily this idea evolved to a three color more ombre look, but I couldn't really achieve it with the colors I had on hand (nail polish is expensive!) so I just went with a two tone look. But I'm glad it still looks ombreish :)

Alice want (author)2013-01-25

You have a lots of patient. I always can't do such a work well because I don't have enough patient.

Usually I don't have the patience either, but I thought I'd give it a go. I usually don't like spending this much time on something like this, but I really like how they turned out :)

sabu.dawdy (author)2013-01-24

love the idea :D

Thank you!

onrust (author)2013-01-24

Very subtle and practical. An unpainted thumbs up!

Penolopy Bulnick (author)onrust2013-01-24

Haha :) Thanks!

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