I love arrows! It amazes me how many different ways an arrow can be drawn, but it still can be immediately identified as an arrow. There are cute twirly arrows, angled arrows, or even just simple straight arrows. So I just had to give arrows a try on my nails.

Note: I will be providing instructions on how to achieve this look with plain polish, along with Gel Polish.


Step 1: Prep Nails

View my post on Nail Polish Prep.


Step 2: Paint Nails

Paint all the nails, except the ring fingers, with two coats of blue polish. I used the Shellac color called, Cerulean Sea. Paint the ring fingers with two coats of white polish. I used the Shellac color called, Cream Puff.
Gel Polish: Apply two coats of polish and cure in light (curing after each coat). Cure 2 minutes in the UV light, or 1 minute in an LED light.


Step 3: Arrows

First, begin with deciding what kind of arrow(s) you would like to paint. Here are a few cute doodles that might help you decide. I decided to do three straight arrows that were all slightly different from each other.arrow

(Note: I did the arrows with gray acrylic craft paint. . . Some polishes can dry almost transparent which makes the image hazy and you won’t get the wow factor you are going for.)

To see how I painted my arrows, please view the short video below.

Step 4: Apply Final Top Coat

Now apply your top coat. Make sure the paint is completely dry before adding top coat to help avoid smearing.

Gel Polish: Apply top coat, only after paint is completely dry. Cure in UV light for 2 minutes, or 1 minute with an LED light.


Step 5: Allow to Dry and Apply Cuticle Oil

Allow your polish to dry completely. Apply a cuticle oil just around your nails on the cuticle and rub into the skin.

Gel Polish: Remove sticky residue on top of nails with a little alcohol or polish remover and apply cuticle oil.Arrow Art

Remove gel polish after 2-3 weeks, check out Gel Polish Removal for the quickest, easiest and best way to remove gels.