Paisley nail art tutorial

Nail Art Tutorial – Paisley

I was recently doing a major de-stash and I realised I have quite a few nude polishes that I’ve never even used! When I think about it I don’t know why I’ve been avoiding this shade. Nude polish is very versatile. It comes in many variations to suit every skin tone, goes with just about every outfit and it’s work appropriate. And once your weekend starts why not use it as a base for a fun paisley print? I have created a step by step tutorial to help you achieve this patterned look.

To create this design you will need:

  • a striping brush
  • a small dotting tool
  • a black, white, mint green, light and dark nude polishes
  • a glossy top coat

If you have all your essentials, let’s get started!

paisley nail art tutorial steps


1. Apply your favourite base coat followed by two layers of dark nude polish such as Sinful Colors Vacation Time.

2. Using an opaque white polish (Collection French White) and a striping brush create teardrop-like shapes all over your nail.

3. Once your shapes are in place colour them in with a mint green shade (Miss Sporty 544).

TIP: Painting the paisley over the white base allows the green colour to pop.

4. Using a striping brush outline your green ‘teardrops’ with a black polish (True Brit Taxi Cab).

5. Keep hold of your striping brush and create black patches going through the middle of your ‘teardrops’.

6. With your striping brush still in hand apply strokes in the middle of your black streaks using a light nude shade such as Rimmel Caramel Cupcake.

7. Grab your smallest dotting tool and scatter a few dots around the black outline.

8. Fill in any gaps in between your paisley shapes with a few light nude spots. I used Rimmel Caramel Cupcake.

9. To ensure the design is smooth and sealed apply two layers of your favourite top coat (Glisten & Glow HK Girl).

nail art tutorial paisley final


How fun is this design? Although most of the shades I used in this tutorial are neutral, the pop of colour really makes this design stand out. I also always thought that paisley would be really tricky to hand paint but that couldn’t be further from the truth. It’s just a few strokes here, a few dots there and you’re done. And just in time too, because prints are supposed to be huge this spring!

What do you think about this design? Leave your comments below.

2 thoughts on “Nail Art Tutorial – Paisley

  1. Jane Frome on Reply

    You make it look so easy! This looks so impressive and complex, but with a steady hand I can see how it can be achieved. Really unusual nail design.

  2. Amy on Reply

    This is a good tutorial on paisley designs, I’d like to try it with jewel colours, rich reds, greens and blues. I like the black outline with the dots, this goes a long way to helping the design take shape.

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