Acid Wash Nails! Tutorial

Hey Everyone! I wanted to try Acid Washed nails for the first time. I've seen this look before and liked it but totally forgot about it until now. I like how it came out and its super easy!  As I was doing them I decided to do a step by step tutorial with picutres, and then I decided to record the last step since it's easier to show you then put into words. Here's how my nails came out, for the colors I used: Midnight Blue by Sinful Colors and French White by Wet n Wild.


Here is a little step by step tutorial with a short video to help you with the 3rd step. 

What you will need:
- Blue nail polish
- White nail polish
- Nail Polish Remover (preferably acetone)
- A bunch of Q-Tips
- Top Coat

Apply 2 coats of a blue polish then a top coat. Let them fully dry.

Once the blue polish is dry, apply a coat of white polish directly over the blue and again let fully dry!

**Watch the quick video I made below to see exactly how I do this**

Saturate a Q-tip in nail polish remover and start to rub the nail in a downwards motion using light pressure. Then add some top coat and your done!

Quick Video on How to get the Acid Wash Affect!

  • You will probably need 2 Q-Tips a nail since your picking up a lot of white polish
  • Make sure the Q-Tip is saturated in the nail polish remover. This will help it go by faster.  
  • Don't rub too much in one spot because you don't want to pick up too much of the blue polish.
  • Use light pressure when using the Q-Tip, or you can end up with a bumpy nail like I did.
  • Be patient with this manicure, let the blue polish and white polish dry completely.
  • Be careful that your Q-Tip doesn't get bits of cotton on your nails, that's why it's best to use a few Q-Tips each nail. 
  • If your nails still feel tacky because of the 3 coats of nail polish, dip them in ice cold water before you go in with the Q-Tip. That should take any stickiness away.
  • You don't have to use the standard blue and white colors, you can be creative and use any colors you want!

I hope you liked this tutorial! I had fun making it!  Let me know what you think :)

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  1. LOVE this Kelly! And such great tips... it turned out great!!

  2. This is a really neat idea! And it doesn't seem that difficult to recreate. Thanks for sharing!

  3. Wow!!! So this is how to do this kind of effect. Thanks for the video and the tips. I always wanted to try it out and good thing that you shared this to us =)

  4. How cool! I never would have thought of this and might have to try it:)


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