Anyone who does crafting probably ends up with some of these little bottles. They're a soft, squeezable plastic with a very slender nozzle. Another source for these bottles is to recycle them from "e-cig" liquid (that's how I get mine—I'm an ex-smoker and e-cigs are how I quit).
To use this method:
- Gather your polishes, bottles, and acetone.
- Tape the fingers around the nails to protect from extra splatter (I've never found this to be necessary with this method).
- Put a base coat and two layers of your base color on your nails.
- Pour out a small amount of the first splatter polish color. Thin polishes can be used as-is, thicker polishes can be thinned with a drop or two of acetone.
- Squeeze the empty bottle and suction a very small amount of polish into the nozzle of the bottle. Let extra air mix with the polish.
- Hold the nozzle of the bottle about an inch above your nails. Squeeze the sides of the bottle with short, quick bursts to blow out the polish onto your nails.
- Reload polish and repeat for each nail. If the nozzle gets clogged, you can suction pure acetone up into the bottle and squeeze it out to unclog.
- Repeat with a new color until you're happy with the design. You can switch bottles with each color or use the same one (I usually change bottles).
- Remove tape (if used) and clean the splatter off your fingers with acetone.
- Finish up with your favorite top coat
The colors I used for this "Autumn Splatter" look are:
- Revlon - French Roast
- Revlon - Fall Mood
- Sinful Colors - Pull Over
- Sinful Colors - Big Daddy