August 13, 2012

MSMD: Saran Wrap nails..?

Have you heard of saran wrap nails? I've seen them done two different ways. One method of saran wrap nails is to wad up something plastic-y and dab polish onto the wrap, then use it like a sponge which results in flakie shaped bits of polish on your nails (like these nails by The Beauty Department). The other saran wrap method is a subtractive process where you paint on a base color and let it dry, paint another color on top, then press the saran wrap into the nail to remove the top color creating a cool weathered effect. Today I have some subtractive saran wrap nails to share with you for Monkey See Monkey Do Monday! Yay!

SH Mellow Yellow, SC Adventure Island, CND Green Scene, SH Bronze Ablaze
For these nails, the base color is CND Green Scene and I used a combo of saran wrap and a make-up sponge to dab SH Mellow Yellow and Sinful Colors Adventure Island on. After a coat of SV I painted a thin, quick coat of SH Bronze Ablaze and immediately pressed a crumpled plastic baggie into it. I used a sandwich type baggie, not actual saran wrap, but I'm fairly sure the results are exactly the same. Because you don't want the color to dry before smushing the baggie/plastic wrap into the color, I did each nail one at a time. It was a quick and fun process, and the results are so pretty! 

I will totally be doing this again in the near future. So, have you tried this yet? If you haven't, are you inspired to?! It's an easy way to hide some wear, too, so it's a great thing to try out before removing a mani if you're unsure of this technique.


  1. that's a really cool technique! it came out really nice. can't wait to try it!

  2. I LOVE these!!!! I love the brighter green colors on the brown background so much, very earthy and cool!

  3. I have yet to try either of the saran wrap methods but your mani is lovely!

  4. Hi! =) I tried to make nailart with sponge, it's hard, because a lot of polishes is adsorbed by sponge and a lot is applying around the nail :D I know I need more practic, but anyway I fell myself stupid, when I see little masterpieces of nailart (like your this one) and I understand that I will not be able to do the same=)))) thank you for your tuturial=) I will keep trying :D Be happy and have a great week=* My one like for you in Bloglovin ;) Big kisses=**

    Kisses From Europe

  5. These are absolutely gorgeous! Wow!

  6. Interesting mani! The colors go well together. It reminds me of silk with leaf pattern.


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