DIY Splatter Nail Polish

Not gonna lie, this splatter manicure might kill a few brain cells. But it’s cute, so directly inhaling nail polish fumes through a straw is worth it…right? (Nail polish is the new bath salts. You heard it here first.)

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Nail polish (at least two colors): I used Back to the Fuchsia by Sally Hansen, Sorbet by Sally Hansen and Flirt by Revlon
  • A straw (I found that a thin coffee straw worked best)
  • Scrap paper or newspaper (to catch the excess splatter)
  • Masking tape
  • Top coat nail polish

First, paint your nails whatever base color you choose. Let them completely dry.

Next, mummify your fingers with the masking tape. Think of it like a bib—you want everything covered except for the nail itself. This will make cleanup a lot easier.

Dip the end of the straw in the nail polish, aim it at your fingernails, and blow through the other end, splattering the polish across your nails. This is where the brain damage occurs. I found the most effective technique was to inhale a little through the straw before exhaling. For some reason, this made for a much easier splattering effect.

Repeat with your second color (if you choose to do another color).

Carefully unwrap the tape from around your nails once the splattered coat has had some time to dry. Touch up any spots with a q-tip dipped in nail polish remover. Cover with a top coat of clear polish and you have some fabulous splatter nail polish to show off!

P.S. Definitely kidding about the bath salts. And you know you’re getting old when you feel the need to make it clear you were joking because it legitimately worries you that some idiot kid out there might try to get high off nail polish because of something you said. Damnit, I’m no fun anymore.


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  1. This is seriously cool! I’m going to try it straight away – how did you come up with the idea?

  2. That looks so fun!!!

  3. “Nail polish is the new bath salts.” lol!!!

    Love the color combo 🙂 I’ve been on a peachy/coral kick lately!

  4. thank goodness for the disclaimer- i was about to open up all my polishes and just LET GO. but really, have you seen the sprinkle nail polish? looks so cool (but also perhaps a pain to take off…) and yes this is a link to a nail polish blog.

  5. I’m doing this right now! So cool!

  6. Holy crap, that’s such an awesome idea! (I know I’m a little late on this response, but still, haha.) As soon as these beads fall off, I’m going to do it straight away with winter colors. Think there’s an easy way to get some glitter in that mix?

    • LOVE the idea of adding glitter! The easiest solution would probably be to just use nail polish with glitter already in it (a silver or gold would be nice)–but I’ll have to try this out for myself!

      • I’ve gotten into this craze of actually adding art store glitter; I don’t know why, I like the bulky-ness of it on my nails! But good idea — I’ll try both methods and I’ll let you know how it goes (if I get mine done before you make a new post, haha)

        • I’m into bulky, too–I just bought a bunch of micro beads to attempt the whole caviar nail look.

          • I just did that a couple of days ago! I loved it. They stayed on pretty well, too–were starting to “peel” after three years (but I think that’s because I used crappy H&M nail polish). This is probably obvious to you, but it wasn’t obvious to my sister or my friend, so I’m just going to say remember to liberally apply a top coat to the dried beads, otherwise they’ll just fall off after thirty or so minutes.

          • I juuuust bought some micro beads, I can’t wait to try some fun manicures with them!

          • Oh nice! Excited to see how it goes. (: My nails literally all just broke, so I’m waiting for them to grow back out so I can do a French manicure with the micro beads. It might look weird, but I figured I may as well try it haha

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