I absolutely love watermelon! The cold, crispy, sweetness on a hot summer’s day; Nothing could be better! Not only are watermelons delicious, but they are beautiful. The pink outlined in white and bright and dark green and the contrasting black seeds. Picture perfect. So I just had to give a watermelon manicure a try for the summer!

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

Step 1: Prep Nails

View my post on Nail Polish Prep.


Step 2: Paint Nails

Paint all of the nails with two coats of coral/pink polish. I used the Shellac color called, Tropix.
Gel Polish: Apply two coats of coral/pink 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: Watermelons

For the complete manicure look, you will paint the middle and ring fingers with watermelons. Here is how I did the watermelon nail art (view the picture tutorial below) . . . 2: Outline 3 of the nails sides in white. 3: Outline the white with green. 4: Paint 3 or 5 dots with black paint. 5: Pull paint from the black dots into a tear drop shape.

(Note: I did the watermelons with 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.)Watermelon Tutorial

Step 4: Dots

The thumbs, index fingers and the pinkies I painted a random dot pattern just around the cuticle area of the nails. I used the same white, green and black colors that I did for the watermelons.

To see how I painted the watermelons and the random dot pattern, please view the short video below.

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Step 5: 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, and cure in UV light for 2 minutes.


Step 6: 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.Whimsical WatermelonsRemove gel polish after 2-3 weeks, check out Gel Polish Removal for the quickest, easiest and best way to remove gels.