I used negative space and a thick red line and a thin black line to give a nod towards the thick and thin lines in tartan. So once you’ve prepped your nails, we’re just gonna go in with a really nice thin layer of Base Coat.
So just start at the cuticle, bring the brush down nice and smoothly and then go around your sides and cap off your free edge. So we’re gonna start with Red Heads Ahead to paint this thick red line. Take a long striper brush and start a third of the way down from your cuticle.
Now I’m just painting a nice thin line in the middle. Don’t worry too much if it’s not completely straight. And then we’re just gonna push it down into the side wall and we’re gonna roll our finger along.
Instead of moving your brush, try to roll your finger and it will keep your lines a lot straighter. Flip the brush the other way around and just nip into the side wall again. A little trick of mine is to mix a blob of nail polish on the back of an Expert (Touch) Remover Wipe and then just mix in with a couple of drops of the lacquer thinner.
This just keeps your polish wet for a little bit longer and it means you’ve got time to work on your nail art. Now we’re gonna draw our second line. So you can just decide the thickness, but I think if you just draw it to the middle of the nail it looks really nice.
Try not to use a short striper brush because you’ll end up doing short strokes. Where is the longer the brush, you’re drawing the line for yourself already because its the shape of the brush. You’re better filling in with your striper brush, instead of your polish brush just to keep some control.
Don’t worry if you don’t get it right into your sidewalls. We’re just going for a nice graphic look. Oh! Got it on my finger! So the issue with this rolling your finger technique does mean that you might a little bit which is totally fine.
Just get a nice flat brush and dip it in some acetone and just rub it on your skin. Just make sure to put some cuticle oil on afterwards so you’ve not got any dry patches. So I’m just going in and squaring off my sidewalls as best I can.
Now we’re just gonna go in and do this thin black line at the bottom So I’ve used Black Onyx, but you can use Lady in Black as well And they’re both really nice and opaque which is great for painting nail art.
Start from the left hand side of your nail and just roll your finger along. And they’re both really nice and opaque which is great for painting nail art. And just go back in and touch up your side walls.
So you can see this isn’t totally perfect but it looks great. The most important part is having a thicker line and thinner line to get that look of that tartan. And the other most important part is to have fun while you’re doing it! Give your lines enough time to dry before we go in with a Top Coat.
I’m starting at the cuticle and floating it over the nail. And then just cap your free edge and give that Top Coat loads of time to dry. This look was inspried by tartan but I wanted to give it a really contemporary look.