Splat Is Where It’s At!

Splat Is Where It’s At!


If the thought of committing a chunk of your monthly budget and precious me-time hours to a manicurist leaves you cold, read on!

The fashion set’s DIY new nail trick – ‘The Paint Splatter Manicure’ – signals the end of the reign of the ubiquitous flawless salon mani.

More than precision and a steady hand, this quirky and creative look requires a good set of lungs, a straw, and a few bottles of your favourite nail ‘paint’.

Ready to get started? Let’s do it!


Apply a base coat as you would when prepping your nails for a brand new coat of polish. We love Sally Hansen Double Duty Strengthening Base & Top Coat (R79.95 at retailers nationwide)

sally hansen double duty 2015


Next, apply two coats as a ‘background’ shade.

Hint: Lighter shades like white and pastels work wonders. Try Catrice Ultimate Nudes Nail Lacquers (R49.95 at Dis-Chem Pharmacies.)

catrice ultimate nudes march 2015


Create a ‘palette’ of splatter colours by tipping out small blobs of nail paint onto a clean a paper towel.

Hint: Eye-popping shades work best. We love Morgan Taylor Cinderella Collection Professional Nail Lacquer’s in My Carriage Awaits and Ella of a Girl (R123 at leading pharmacies.)

mt my carriage awaits-side


Dip one end of a straw into a blob of nail paint. Position your mouth over the opposite end of the straw; aim it at your nail, and blow!

HOT TIP: If this sounds like too much work, give L.A. Girl Splatter nail polish a try.

la girl splatter march 2015


Clean off any excess nail polish with a Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover.


Seal your mani masterpiece and make it last longer by applying a clear top coat. You can use your Sally Hansen Double Duty Strengthening Base & Top Coat again.

BB beauties, do you have any tricks to achieving sassy splattered nails?

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