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Video:How to Do Sponging Nail Art

with Kaytie Sproul

Sponging is a great method for creating beautiful nail art designs. This About.com video will teach you how to do sponging nail art.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Do Sponging Nail Art

Hi, I'm Kaytie Sproul, here for About.com, and today I'm going to show you how to do sponging nail art. As you can see here, the sponging technique is a great way to use several complementary colors on one nail, as well as create a subtle gradient or blending effect that's aesthetically appealing.

Sponging Nail Art Materials

To do this, you will need:

  • A bottle of base coat
  • A bottle of top coat
  • White nail polish
  • Four or five pastel polish colors – I've chosen purple, blue, green, and pink
  • A poly brush, which is just a basic art sponge
  • Acetone
  • Q-tips

Base Coat and White Nail Polish

You always want to begin with a base coat on your clean, manicured nails. Next, paint each nail white. This will serve as a background color since sponging nail art can be on the translucent side. You can even use a silver or gold polish for background color if you want your nail art to have a metallic undertone.

Prepare Sponge With Nail Polish

Next, grab your art sponge and begin painting thin horizontal lines with your pastel colors. You can see here how the pattern should look since I've already painted my right hand. I'll apply a generous amount of purple polish to my sponge, then blue, green, and pink. The lines should touch, and they can even overlap a little bit if you'd like.

Applying Sponge Nail Art

Once your sponge is ready, align your nail with it as best you can and gently press it downward, just like this. Roll it to each side and then lift up. As you can see, there's really no way around getting nail polish outside your nail bed, so clean up the area with a Q-tip that's been dipped in acetone. I like to clean it up while the polish is still wet on the skin, because it seems to come off much easier than when it's fully dried. Apply additional polish to the sponge the same way you did before, and move on to the next nail.

You can do this sponging technique twice on each nail if you'd like the colors to be a little darker, but be sure to allow each application to dry before doing so. Once you've completed each nail, apply a quick-dry top coat; this will seal in your work, and elongate the life of your nail art. There you have it! Uniquely sponged rainbow nails that are great for just about any occasion.

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