Cartoon nails are so cute! They look like you pulled your hands out of a comic book. I watched a lot of videos on two different techniques to prepare. If you have a steady hand and nail brushes, you might have terrific luck with the first. Otherwise, just stick to the second technique! Cartoon nails require a darker color as the border, a lighter color as the center, and white polish as an accent.
- Apply the center color (the lighter shade) to the entire nail & let dry
- Taking a nail brush & acrylic black paint or black nail polish, draw a line around the outer edge of the entire nail
- Using a thin nail brush and white polish, (I used Sinful Colors Nail Art polish in “Bad Chick”) apply an accent line with a dot above/next to it
- Apply a topcoat
- Apply the darker shade to the entire nail (I used Milani “Deep Thoughts)
- Apply the lighter color to the center of the nail (I used Julep “Sylvia” and Sally Hansen Satin Glam “Chic Pink”)
- Cap off the top of the nail with a thin curved line of the darker shade (Milani)
- Apply a thin line of white polish as an accent with a dot above/next to the white line (Sinful Colors Nail Art “Bad Chick)
- Apply a top coat–I used a glossy top coat, but most tutorials suggest a matte top coat
I much prefer the results of Technique #2. It is easier for me to apply, quicker to apply, and less stressful–with better results. Nails are fun, you can change them out constantly, and in the winter I have to have something on my nails or they get destroyed too easily. I really like the look of Cartoon Nails!