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Easy Ikat Nails Tutorial with Sally Hansen

Easy Ikat nail art tutorial

Ikat is one of my favorite prints for both fashion and home decor - I have an amazing pair of ikat print shorts as well as a chic ikat rug, and both always feels timeless yet on-trend. But surprisingly enough, I had never tried the ikat nail art trend - until now! Inspired by Sally Hansen's gorgeous polishes (get them at Target!), I created my own version of ikat nails that's bright, graphic and perfect for summer. Keep reading for the how-to!
Easy Ikat nail art tutorial

What you'll need:
  • Light blue nail polish (I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dry in “Blue Away”)
  • Red nail polish (I used Sally Hansen Triple Shine in “Red Snapper”)
  • White nail polish (I used Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear in “White On”)
  • Black nail art pen (I used Sally Hansen's Nail Art Pen in Black)
  • Your favorite base and top coats, like Sally Hansen’s Double Duty 2-in-1 Base and Top Coat, or Sally Hansen’s Insta-Dri for a fast dry

Prep nails

Prep nails using your favorite Sally Hansen nail file. Since ikat is such a loud print, I went with a short, rounded square shape on my nails.

Step 1.: Prep your nails with a base coat, like Sally Hansen’s Double Duty

Step 2: Paint two coats of your blue polish.

Step 3. Add two to three dabs of red polish to each nail.

Step 4: Create a smaller dab using your white polish within each red shape.

Step 5: Using your nail art pen, create a jagged outline around each red shape, plus a black triangle within each white shape. The great thing about ikat is that it doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful!

Step 6: Top it off with a top coat, like Sally Hansen’s Double Duty or Insta-Dri and you’re good to go!

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Sally Hansen and Style Coalition.

Great tutorial! If I had a steadier hand, I'd definitely try this... Sadly, I'm such a clutz when it comes to painting my nails :-( I was also wondering if you could review Vain Pursuits? I'd love to hear what you have to say about them!
#1 Lynda on 2014-08-04 22:19 (Reply)
I'll google Vain Pursuits right away, never heard of it to be honest!
#1.1 The Budget Babe on 2014-08-05 07:43 (Reply)
beautiful nail art!!
#2 AG on 2014-08-05 04:29 (Reply)
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