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How to Do Water Droplet Nail Art
Water droplet nails are a fun and popular trend in nail art. The finished look appears as if you have rain droplets permanently resting on top of your fingernails. In nail salons the look of rain drops is sometimes achieved with gel, but it can easily be recreated at home with clear nail polish. To create this look, paint a base coat, create the nail droplets when the top coat has dried, and make finishing touches to complete the painted nails.
Applying the Base Coat
Paint a base coat.Begin with clean, unpainted nails. First, you will need to apply a top coat of polish. Any type of polish and color will do. You can choose a nude polish for a subtle look. If you want the water droplets to show up well, a bolder color of nail polish works better. For example, the droplets show up well on bright blue and green. Wait ten or fifteen minutes for the nail polish to dry. Paint multiple coats if necessary.
- You can apply the water droplets to unpainted nails, but the completed look won’t appear as nice as it would on top of a base coat.
- Look for a dark red color to create a dramatic look that mimics the way water droplets look on flower petals.
- Purchase fast drying nail polish for a quicker drying time.
Create a design.You can choose to paint the water droplets on top of a solid base coat, or you can create a design. A fun design for the water droplets is a cloudy sky design. First, you would need to choose a blue base coat. After that, rip off a small piece of a cotton ball. Dip the piece of cotton into white nail polish. Dab the cotton ball onto your nails to create the look of a cloudy sky. Allow about ten minutes for the “clouds” to dry.
- Choose a green top coat and paint it in streaks to look like grass.
- You can also choose to paint other designs on top of your base coat. Keep in mind that the water droplets may not show up well if you create too complicated of a design.
Apply a clear matte polish.The matte nail polish gives your base coat of nail polish a flat effect so that the water droplets will show up better. Apply the clear layer. You should only need to apply one or two layers. You can buy clear matte nail polish at many supermarkets and at beauty supply stores.
Allow the nail polish to dry.The water droplets may mix with the other layers and not apply well if you don’t allow time for your nails to dry. Take time after you’ve applied the base and matte coat to inspect your nails for any mistakes. Wait until the nail polish is completely dry to move on to creating water droplets.
- Let the polish dry for a minimum of 10 minutes before moving on.
Creating the Water Droplets
Get clear nail polish.You will need to create the water droplets with clear nail polish. Any type of clear coat nail polish will do. The ideal polish to use, however, is a clear, quick-dry topcoat because it hardens quickly and is glossy. It is possible to use a color for the water droplets, but they won’t appear as water. Instead, they would look like 3D polka dots.
Choose your tool to create the droplets.You don’t have to use a special tool to create the water droplets. Nail salons use dotting tools, which can be bought online or at a beauty supply store. You can also make a dotting tool out of everyday items, like a pin, toothpick, or bobby pin. The easiest method is to use the applicator brush that comes with your clear nail polish.
Begin building up the droplets.Begin by dipping the applicator into the nail polish. Make sure that it is not too saturated with nail polish. If it is, the nail polish may spread instead of making small dots. Hold the brush at a 45-degree angle. Tap the corner of your brush on to different parts of your nail to create dots. Vary the size of the dots if possible. Create the dots until you are satisfied with the number of dots on each nail.
- This look appears better if don’t fill your nails with dots and allow space between them.
Repeat the process.The dots may appear flat on the first few layers. Repeat the drops on top of the first set of drops you have created. Allow a minute for the first layer of dots to dry before building up the layers. Continue to build up the layers until you have 3D water droplets. Then, allow the droplets to dry.
Completing the Nail Art
Fix any problem areas.Look over your nails for any mistakes or problem areas. Correct the problems before finishing the look with a clear top coat. Use a Q-tip and nail polish remover to carefully remove excess nail polish on your cuticles and skin. If necessary, redo any nails that have been messed up in the painting process.
- You can disguise imperfections with a glittery or pearly top coat. This, however, will lessen the effect of the nail droplets.
Apply a clear matte top coat.Protect and complete your water droplet nails with a clear, matte finish top coat. The top coat will protect the nail polish, bring the look together, and add a matte finish that won’t obscure the water droplets. Only apply one or two light layers of the top coat. Too many layers could dull the look of the water droplets.
- Use a fast drying top coat if you don’t have time to relax after painting your nails.
Let the nails dry.Make sure you give plenty of time for your nails to dry. The best time to paint your nails is at night before going to bed. If that’s not possible, do your best to avoid using your hands for the next few hours after painting your nails. Be careful not to hit your nails on anything. The water droplets can be easily damaged. .
- Avoid wearing gloves.
QuestionHow do I get a strait line across the top of my nail?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can use masking tape, regular tape, or nail art tape to get the perfect line! You can also use a good detailing makeup or nail art brush.Thanks!
QuestionDo I have to use clear polish?Community AnswerYes, you have to use clear nail polish to achieve a water droplet effect.Thanks!
QuestionDo I have to use a design? Also, what was the clear thing that you guys used for it?Cecilia FloresTop AnswererNo, you don't have to! This looks coolest with a glitter, shimmer, holographic, duo chrome, or metallic polish as a base. Once it's dry, add a matte top coat. Once that's dry, add dots (with a dotting tool, bobby pin, nail art brush, or even the polish brush) with a clear glossy top coat.Thanks!
Things You’ll Need
Nail polish for the base coat.
A clear, quick-drying topcoat of nail polish.
A clear, matte topcoat.
Bobby pin, toothpick, nail polish applicator, or dotting tool.
Nail Polish remover for mistakes.
- Design a theme for your nails that would incorporate water droplets. For example, paint your nails in the design of a leaf, grass, clouds, or the sky.
- If you don’t have a steady hand, ask someone to help you with the water droplets.
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