Tutorial: Hot Color Crackle Nail Art

This isn't hard to do at all, so I feel kind of ashamed to call this a tutorial (because I'm really not showing you anything new).

Here's how I started this...

The reason I wanted to do this "tutorial" was because of this first part. When you look at other blogs and see cool multi-colored designs, I always wondered how they did it. Then, I stumbled upon this one nail blog, I forgot where I saw it, and she just layered the colors on one by one. I always thought the colors were polished on separately. I never thought about putting it on top of each other (WAY EASIER). (Another method I saw, you use sponges for the different colors, I'll do this method soon too.) I feel kind of dumb that I didn't figure this out earlier.

Before painting, don't forget to apply a basecoat! I'm currently using Seche Clear.

1. I started with the lightest base color, so I wouldn't have problems of the color not showing up (since we are layering colors).
2. Paint on a small bit of the nail with the next lightest color.
3. Paint another smaller bit of the nail with the last, darkest color.

Next, I intended on doing a design, so I proceeded with my Black and Gold nail art striper/liners. I don't know if it was because it was late or if I was distracted by the tv, but I COMPLETELY failed at doing any designs. It came out really messy. So how did I solve this problem?

Cover it up with Black Shatter, lol. I love that crackle polishes really make you look like a professional. It covers up blemishes from your base color or hides your failed nail art. Since I used a glitter liner for the design attempt, I really liked how bits of glitter popped out underneath the Shatter. To finish it off, I used Poshe Topcoat (review on this later).

Final product...

Thanks for looking! I hope I gave at least one person a revelation today. haha.

Used: Seche Clear, Sally Hansen Insta-dri Lightening, Wet N' Wild Sunny Side, Goldie polish in Red, OPI Black Shatter, Art Deco Gold striper, Poshe Topcoat.


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  1. melissagashley says:

    I love love love all the Shatter polishes!!! But I have to say black is my fav, it is so very versatile and goes over any color(s). The only prob. I have with it is how globby it gets in the bottle after only a short while. After only a month my Shatter polish was almost too tacky to be usable. It does help that you dont have to worry about brush strokes, however. I will still use it to create awesome nails! Thanks for taking time to blog and share new nail techniques and tutorials. You rock!!!

    • tinko says:

      thanks! youre so sweet!
      if it gets really tacky try adding polish thinner to it. i think you should prob stick to opi thinner for the opi shatters just in case formula wise something happens. and it should be back to new again. i figured this out with my china glaze crackles cuz they came out so goopy to begin with!

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