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Rainbow Nails: Step-by-Step Tutorial for a Colorful Manicure

Rainbow nails are a colorful and fun way to express your creativity, especially for St. Patrick’s Day. Follow these simple steps to create your own rainbow nail art at home.

Materials you’ll need:

  • White nail polish
  • 5-6 nail polish colors of your choice (one for each color of the rainbow)
  • Nail dotting tool or toothpick
  • Topcoat

Prep your nails

Start by prepping your nails for the manicure. Remove any old nail polish and file and shape your nails as desired. Apply a base coat of white nail polish and let it dry completely before moving on to the next step.

Choose your colors

Choose 5-6 colors for your rainbow nails. The traditional rainbow colors are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple, but you can use any colors you like.

Apply the colors

Using the colors you chose, apply one stripe of each color to your nails in the order of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple. Start with the pinky finger and work your way to the thumb. Use a steady hand or tape to create clean, straight lines.

Add the dots

Once your rainbow stripes have dried, use a nail dotting tool or toothpick to create dots of each color along the edge of your nail. These dots will create rainbow arches and give your nails a playful, whimsical look. Start with the same color as the stripe on the corresponding nail and work your way down.

Apply top coat

Once your dots have dried, apply a topcoat to seal in your rainbow nail design and add a shiny finish. Let it dry completely, and you’re done!

There you have it! A fun and easy rainbow nail art design to show off your St. Patrick’s Day spirit. Experiment with different colors and designs to make it your own. Happy painting!


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