Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Crackling Tips

My friend came over the other day and she decided that she wanted to do her nails. While looking through my small array of nail polishes, she decided to test out my Shatter nail polishes. I bought both black and white one from a couple months ago and I have never used them. It was probably because I wasn't a total fan of just the shatter look. Don't ask me why I bought them, maybe it was because it was the fad at the time and I guess still is... Now I'm really into the magnetic nail polish and I hope I can get my hands on owning one of those some day.

Anyways, my friend settled on painting her nails with my new shimmering Orly blue nail polish with a black shatter, while I decided to roam around Google to find a shatter nail art. Luckily I encountered an image that I really liked and this was my interpretation of it:

It's very abstract and it kind of looks like colors are exploding out of a rock or something. I really like the color combination and above all else, it's super easy to do! These were just the colors that I chose, but you can obviously pick any colors that you want. Also there are so many different brands of nail polish that produce nail polishes with the crackling effect, you are not limited to OPI. So again, the purpose of my blog is to just give you inspiration to create nail art with tools and colors that you already have. 

  • Black Crackling Nail Polish  
  • Glitter nail polish
  • Aqua nail polish
  • Magenta nail polish
  • Light purple nail polish 
  • Top Coat
  • Striper
  1. Use the aqua nail polish, paint a small section near the middle at the tip of your nails. This should take about 1/3 of your entire nail. Using the magenta and light purple nail polishes, paint on the left and ride side of the aqua section. Allow it to dry.
  2. Using a black crackling nail polish, paint three small stripes on the tip of the finger. This should take about half your nail. Allow the nail polish to slowly crack. 
  3. Next using a striper tool, create two long curved line using the magenta and aqua nail polishes. Either use a striper tool or a dotter to create varying sized light purple and magenta dots.
  4. Paint over your nail with glitter nail polish with a clear base. Try to spread more glitter near the art work. 
  5. Finally, place a top coat and allow it to dry. 
I think I'm going to keep all my nail art pictures colored rather making it black and white. I think it looks better that way.

Anyways, I hope you enjoyed today's nail art! 


  1. Pretty! Have you ever seen space nails? I keep looking for a nice black matte nail polish to do the base of the space nails, but no luck.

  2. There's matte coating, you should give that a try. I never used it before though.

  3. I was kinda over crackle polishes but this is a fun take on it :)


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