Swimming Pool Print Summer Nails

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swimming pool water summer nails design art tutorial

I think summer is probably the funnest season for nail art and nail enthusiasts. It's the perfect opportunity for bright colors and bold patterns. Brands definitely release a bunch of mini nail polish collections for summer. I mentioned a few posts back that I had been wearing acrylic nails for a while and they left my natural nails very weak. Add chlorine water from the pool as well as other summer activities which are rough on the hands and you've got the perfect recipe for battered nails. That's why I chose to focus on a nail design that would be good for short nails (since mine are breaking so easily) which is great for people who either can't grow their nails out or aren't allowed to for work/school. I decided on a print that resembles pool water and was inspired by fun pool floaties. To help strenghten my nails and protect them from more future damage I've used the Sally Hansen 7-in-1 Nail Treatment as both base and top coat.

swimming pool water summer nails design art tutorial
swimming pool water summer nails design art tutorial
swimming pool water summer nails design art tutorial

To create my swimming pool nails, I stopped by CVS Pharmacy and got the following:

+ Sally Hansen 7-in-1 Nail Treatment
+ 2 Shades of Blue Nail Polish (I used Sally Hansen N-Ice Rock and Study Sapphire)
+ Plastic Cling Wrap
+ Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil
+ Optional: Other colors to create designs on top of the pool print.

1. Apply a coat of the Sally Hansen 7-in-1 Nail Treatment as your base coat. This all in one Base Coat protects, strengthens, fills the texture and ridges of your nail, and promotes its growth. The formula is also moisturizing (it has avocado oil) so it's perfect for brittle nails. 

2. Paint all your nails using one blue color. You'll need to choose two blue shades that are as different from each other as possible (not in tone but in lightness, one should be really light and the other much darker). The bigger the contrast between the colors, the better the resulting effect.

3. Wait for this first coat of blue to dry! It is very important that this coat is opaque and completely dry. Otherwise it'll come right off during the next step and you'll expose your bare nail. Now, apply a coat of your second blue shade. Quickly move on to the next step. I suggest working nail by nail and not painting them all at once.

4. While the second blue coat is still wet, take a crumpled piece of cling wrap (plastic Saran wrap or a soft plastic bag) and start dabbing on your nail. Use very little pressure. You will notice that the plastic wrap will start lifting some parts of the second layer of blue exposing the first layer underneath. Keep doing this until you're happy with how the pool patter print looks. Apply a top coat (I used the Sally Hansen 7-in-1 Nail Treatment once again). It's best to apply the top coat as quickly as possible. The top coat will help smooth the surface and blend the colors a bit.

5. Apply the Sally Hansen Vitamin E Nail & Cuticle Oil to keep your nails looking healthy. To best protect your cuticles and nails, you can massage the oil into them at night.

6. Now you've got your swimming pool nails (or ocean water nails, however you want to look at it). You can now use them as a backdrop to draw on some pool floaties (I chose a flamingo, pineapple, and watermelons). Or you can leave them as is, add jewels, rhinestones, etc. have fun!

swimming pool water summer nails design art tutorial
swimming pool water summer nails design art tutorial

Let me know what designs you'll be sporting on your nails these summer! Will they be focused on short nails too?

xx Coco


  1. That flamingo! Gorgeous job, babe! x

  2. very cute idea !


  3. How cute are these?! I love how you achieved that pool effect as your base! [client]

  4. Ah hun this is so, so pretty! I love it :)

    Layla xx


  5. I do like Sally Hansen products. I'm not so fussed with nail art anymore but these are cute, love the flamingo xo

  6. This is a lovely idea - perfect for summer and pretty mermaid-y! xxx


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