Robin’s Egg Nail Art Tutorial

Thursday, May 8, 2014
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Rise up this mornin',
Smiled with the risin' sun,
Three little birds
Pitch by my doorstep
Singin' sweet songs
Of melodies pure and true,
Sayin', ("This is my message to you-ou-ou:")

Bob Marley - Three Little Birds

Ok, I know; I'm a cheeseball. But the birds are chirping outside my window and it's supposed to get to 80 today. Anyone who went through the past winter here in Chiberia knows how I feel. Joy isn't a grand enough word for this feeling. The overwhelming happiness that comes every spring may be the reason I tolerate the cold weather at all.

Feeling inspired by the season and Essie's Spring 2014 Collection, I created some robin's egg nail art. The technique is super simple and just adds a little something extra to a pretty muted blue-green polish. I love the way it turned out!

Get the step-by-step how-to after the jump.

Robin's Egg Nail Art Tutorial


For this nail art design, you will need:
Nail polish remover
Cotton balls or pads
Base coat (I used Essie Ridge Filling Base Coat)
Muted blue green polish (I used Essie Nail Polish in Fashion Playground)
Brown Polish (I used OPI Nail Lacquer in Suzi Loves Cowboys)
An old toothbrush
Top Coat (I used Essie Everyday Topcoat)
A nail brush or old paintbrush


1. After shaping nails and pushing back cuticles, wipe each nail with nail polish remover to clean way oils and debris.


2. Apply base coat to all nails.


3. Apply two coats of your blue-green polish. Wait for this to dry completely.


4. Put a few drops of your brown polish on a piece of waxed paper, parchment paper, or coated paper plate.


5. Dip the bristles of the toothbrush into the brown lacquer.


6. Gently press the brush onto your nails to apply random spots.


7. Quickly dab your nail brush or paint brush over the dots to soften them.


8. Dip the nail brush in nail polish remover and use it to clean up any polish slips.


9. Apply top coat.


Done. Happy Spring, everyone!

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1 Response

  1. So lovely! Can’t wait to try this. Thanks for the detailed instructions. I like the idea of using bristles, very wise.


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