Mani Monday: Pride Celebration

Rainbow Nail Art Design

I know, I know. I disappeared! Despite my best attempts, I just couldn’t balance finishing up my thesis (it’s almost done!) and consistently posting on the blog. But don’t you fret, I’ll be back in July with regular posts (I have a ton of backlogged posts to take care of, so no shortage of content!). Now I was supposed to participate in Toronto’s Pride Parade yesterday but with work still to do on the thesis combined with the gloomy weather, I decided to pass. But I still did my nails to celebrate Pride Week as well as the amazing Supreme Court decision in the United States. Hope you enjoy my first post back!

Rainbow Nail Art Design

I was inspired by a design I found while scouring Google (Courtesy of Robin Moses Nail Art) and just had to try my hand at it. I love dot nail art as it is so easy to create. All you need is a steady hand, some aluminum foil to put the polish on and a dotting tool or two.

Rainbow Nail Art Design Pride Nail Art Design

Start with a light blue or turquoise, you could also use white, and apply 2-3 coats until you reach full opacity. Allow your base colour to dry then get ready for a lot of dotting. It is best to work with one colour at a time, completing each of your 10 nails before moving onto the next colour. In terms of the colours you choose, make sure that they are equal in vibrancy so that no one colour over powers the others.

I found it was best to start in the middle then work outwards each way. This ensures that your rainbow is centred on the nail and you leave some empty space at the base and tip of your nail. Begin by creating a line of green by making dots relatively randomly then create a second line, slightly overlapping the first, closer to the base of the nail with the yellow polish. Repeat that step again with orange and then red polishes. Next, on the other side of the green line closer to the tip of the nail, create a line of dots with a blue polish then purple.

In the inspiration picture, the lines of dots are about 1-1.5 dots thick, I decided on a little more loose lines so that you could still see the turquoise peaking through. This doesn’t have to be perfect at all so just do whatever is the most pleasing to your eye.

Allow all of the dots to dry for about 10-15 minutes then use a top coat to seal in the design. If you do this too soon, you run the risk of streaking and ruining your crisp dots.

Rainbow Nail Art Design

Rainbow Nail Art Design

Rainbow Nail Art Design

Colours used: Joe Fresh Tomato, Revlon Colorstay Marmalade, Avon Nailwear Pro Sunshine, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Lickety-Split Lime, Joe Fresh Cobalt, Wet n Wild Wildshine Who is Ultra Violet? and Ceramic Glaze Smells Like Rain.

Ceramic Glaze Smells Like Rain

What do you think of this rainbow design? Do you think you will try it?
I hope you all had a great Pride Week!

til next time…

Make sure to check out all my previous nail art posts!

6 thoughts on “Mani Monday: Pride Celebration

  1. Chelle @ Makeup Your Mind says:

    I think this is my favourite one you’ve every done. I love this so, SO much! And I’m sad you weren’t able to show them off at Pride! What a seriously shitty weekend – damn weather. 😦

    Seriously, I can’t stop staring. This is so beautiful.


    • Kaitlyn D says:

      Aw thanks Chelle! I was hoping that you would enjoy this design. Too bad about the weather but hopefully next year we will be up on that float dancing!


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