When Fall and Spring hit at our house, we start dreaming of when we will head to California next to go see Mickey. This year has been weird. We are missing being able to plan a trip to see Mickey. I imagine some of you are feeling the same way. So, I thought it would be nice to share a Mickey nail art tutorial with you because this year we are all in this together.
STEP 1: PREP NAILS
View my post on Nail Polish Prep.
STEP 2: PAINT NAILS
Paint the thumb, index and pinky fingernails with two coats of red polish. I used the Shellac color called, Wildfire. Paint the middle and ring fingernails 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: POLKA DOTS
Now on my ring finger, I painted medium white polka dots. Here is a tutorial on how to paint perfect polka dots. I also have attached a video below to show how I paint my polka dots.
STEP 4: MICKEY
For the Mickey, I began by painting a rough out line of where I wanted his head, ears, nose, and eyes. Then I began filling in the black areas. After that I filled in his eyes with white, making sure to leave a little black outline around the edges. Lastly, I used some black for his pupils. For more clarification, I have attached a video below.
Note: When hand painting images on your nails use acrylic craft paints, not polish. You will get crisper lines and much more pop than you would with polish. Some polishes can sometimes dry almost transparent which makes the image hazy and you won’t get the wow factor you are going for.
STEP 5: 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 and cure in UV light for 2 minutes or 1 minute in an LED light.
STEP 6: CUTICLE OIL
Allow your polish to dry completely. Apply a cuticle oil just around your nails on the cuticle and rub it into the skin.
Gel Polish: Remove sticky residue on top of nails with a little alcohol or polish remover and apply cuticle oil.