Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Tutorial Tuesday: Olympic Rings Nail Decal

I have been glued to the TV every chance I get watching the Olympic Games, especially the swimming and gymnastics. It is incredible to see the athletes perform. I have also been so impressed with some of the manicures sported by the ladies. My own Olympic inspired nails featured a little Olympic rings decal on one of the nails. I thought I would put together a tutorial on how I made it. Hope you enjoy...

  • Base color polish (I'm using Cosmetic Arts gold foil (no name))
  • Clear polish
  • Olympic ring corresponding colors: 
    • Blue (Barielle Surf's Up), Black (Wet 'n Wild Black Creme), Red (China Glaze Adventure Red-y), Yellow (Barielle Sunshine), Green (Sinful Colors Envy)
  • Ziplock bag or sheet protector
  • Ballpoint pen refill (ink cartridge)
  • Tweezers, Cuticle nippers

  1. Using clear polish paint a small rectangle on the plastic bag. Allow it to dry completely for a few hours.
  2. Make a small puddle of nail polish on a disposable surface. Dip the end of the pen refill into the polish.
  3. Press the pen refill onto the clear nail polish square to create a circle
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 to create the first row of circles
  5. Repeat the steps again to create the second row. Go back over the first row with any colors you might wish to overlap.
  6. Allow the polish to dry then using tweezers peel the decal off the plastic
  7. Apply desired number of basecoats of polish. Allow the polish to dry until it is sticky (not fully dry)
  8. Place the decal in desired position on the nail
  9. Using cuticle nippers, trim off the excess polish along the cuticles. Alternatively you can trim off excess clear polish prior to applying the decal to the nail
  10. Apply top coat and you are done!

I'd love to know what you think of this and don't hesitate to ask questions if something is not clear :)

Thanks for looking!
Anutka :)


  1. Oh wow!!! This is EXACTLY what I needed!!! I am sooo doing this!! Thank you SO MUCH for this awesome tutorial!!

  2. Wow! I love it! :D Great tutorial! :)

  3. I'm flabbergasted... looks so easy! I love it!

  4. oh, thank you so much for this tutorial, great job :-D

  5. This is so awesome! You get the gold medal for the best olympic mani/tutorial!!

  6. Ohmygosh, this is the most clever idea! This is definitely the best and easiest olympic rings mani I've seen so far! :)

  7. This is such a clever idea!! Thank you for sharing!! You're awesome~:D

  8. Great tutorial, thanks for sharing! I need to try this plastic bag technique soon.

  9. Thank you so much! I'm so happy that you enjoyed the tutorial! I want to see all your beautiful manis if you try this :)

  10. So simple & so clever too !

    Thanks for sharing ;D

  11. @Shannon-Lee, thank you so much!

    @Anonymous, thank you! glad you like it :)

  12. you could just as easily do this right on the nail instead of making the decal, couldn't you?

  13. @Brittnay, you can do this directly on the nail as well. It was just easier for me to work on a flat surface :)


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