Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Tutorial: Geometric Confetti Decals

I'm not sure why, but I'm in a crazy tutorial making mood. I don't even have the patience to wait until a Tuesday and post it as a "Tutorial Tuesday" feature. Honestly, I was actually debating if I should post this since I've already done a nail decal tutorial, but I figure if I took the time to take photos, I better put it together and post it. Maybe it will be useful for someone. I've got a couple more planned and then I'll try to knock it off for a while :)

This tutorial is for the geometric decals manicure that I posted for Polish Days yesterday...

  • Nail polishes of choice. Used here Sally Hansen Celeb City (silver base), Wet 'n Wild Red Red, Color Club What a Shock! (green), Barielle Sunshine* (yellow) and Surf's Up* (blue)
  • Ziplock bag or sheet protector (my personal preference)
  • Scissors, hole punch
  • Tweezers
  • Cuticle nippers

  1. Paint small strips of polish in multiple colors on a ziplock bag or sheet protector. Add a second coat if needed for sheer colors.
  2. Allow the polish to dry completely or overnight. Using tweezers, pick up an edge of the polish strip and peel off the plastic
  3. Using scissors cut out desired shapes (such as squares and triangles) from the nail polish
  4. The cut pieces will look something like this
  5. Using a hole punch, punch out circles in different colors. You can be the large office variety hole punch, it does not have to be a small craft one as I am showing here
  6. Optional: sketch out your nail shape and arrange pieces to get a pattern you are happy with. You can skip this step if you are not the type to plan (or over-think things as I do) :)
  7. Apply a base coat and your desired base color. Allow to dry. Sally Hansen Celeb City is shown here.
  8. Apply a coat of clear polish and when it is still tacky, but not wet, apply the decals in your desired pattern
  9. Using cuticle nippers, trim off excess polish around the cuticles, being careful not to cut yourself!
  10. Add a topcoat to seal in the decals and you are done! (I did add a few more confetti pieces after trimming, sorry if that confuses anyone...)

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial. If nothing else, it is colorful and fun to look at (at least in my opinion)!

I'd love to know what you think :)

Thanks for looking!
Anutka :)

** Polishes marked with an asterisk (*) were provided to me for review by the manufacturer or their PR. **
** For more information please see the disclosure policy **


  1. Love this! I'm going to try this sometime !


  2. This is so cool! I will do this....someday, lol!

  3. Amazing idea ! I will definitely try it myself :)

  4. This is so cool! I need to try this!!

  5. Вот это грандиозная работа!!! Смотрела, не отрываясь...
    А что можно использоваться как подложку под лак, чтоб сделать из него пленку? просто на тонком пакете у меня все рвалось, а такого, как тут, я не видела нигде.

  6. This is an amazing idea! Love it and thanks for sharing :)

  7. This is fabulous! Please do not stop tutoring us- you are my go-to for new tricks I'd never think of, and you are so easy to follow along with. Much love!

  8. Wow!! that looks awesome! Never would have thought to try that.

  9. You're amazing! :)
    I'm following you

  10. Thank you so much ladies! I'm so glad that you like the tutorial and didn't find it too similar to my other one :)

  11. @Antallex, ya ispol'zuu ili Ziplock meshki (u nih bolee tolsti plastik) ili nazivaut'sa "sheet protector" v kotorie vstovlyaut bumagu. U vas est' takoe? Preshli mne email na i mozhem dal'she pogovorit'

  12. it's fun, it's easy, everyone can do it!
    i did this tutorial and mani recently, it was really fun :-D
    piece of cake... and looks great ;-D

  13. Thank you so much! I agree with you! So fun and easy to do. Just looks a bit complicated :)

  14. Step 6 is great, mapping out each nail. Wish I had the creativity to come up with an idea like this, I'm gonna "steal" this idea ; ) thank you positing this!

  15. I'm glad that you like it! Please feel free to try this and let me know how it goes :D

  16. Great tutorial! Thanks for it!!
    It has helped me to make the manicure now on my blog. If you feel like visiting it, I hope you like it :-)

  17. I'm so glad that the tutorial was helpful! Your manicure is great :)

  18. THanks for the tutorial. Really like this trick

    1. Thank you! I hope you try it out and enjoy :)


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