DIY: Plastic Wrap Manicure

Yes, the title of this post is correct. This post is about a manicure I did using plastic wrap! My favorite nail art is the kind that can be easily done with things I already have around the house. For this manicure I used plastic wrap to give my manicure a cool texture.

For step by step instructions on how to do this super simple nail art check below the jump!

What you need:

  1. Two nail polishes that are not too similar in color. At least one of the polishes needs to be a creme finish polish. I used OPI Berlin There Done That and Maybelline Express Finish Black Onyx
  2. Plastic wrap cut into small pieces (mine were about 2 inches square)
  3. A top coat
  4. Q-tips and acetone to clean up.

How to:

  1. Do all your nails the base color and let dry completely. It is important that the nails be completely dry.
  2. Doing one nail at a time, paint a rather thick coat of the second color onto the nail. Then take a piece of plastic wrap and bunch it into a ball. Then tap the plastic wrap over the wet polish until you are happy with the result. Repeat on the rest of your nails
  3. Apply a top coat!
  4. This can be kind of messy so after applying a top coat use a Q-tip soaked in acetone to clean up around the nail.

And that’s it! So simple but I just love the way this manicure turned out. It’s a great way to add texture to the nail without ACTUALLY adding texture to the nail with a Velvet or Caviar manicure.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this nail art technique and whether or not you’ll be giving it a try!

18 thoughts on “DIY: Plastic Wrap Manicure

  1. ∂σииα c August 12, 2012 at 11:20 am

    I love!!!!!! Definitely trying today!!!!!!

    • Alli August 12, 2012 at 3:07 pm

      I’m so glad you like it! I hope yours turns out well 🙂

  2. Doxieil August 12, 2012 at 2:37 pm

    Looks more wearable then the Caviar or Velvet mani. Great color combo.

    • Alli August 12, 2012 at 3:08 pm

      Definitely more wearable and alot less trouble!

  3. ackeene August 12, 2012 at 8:59 pm

    Classy choice of colors, nice! Must try.

    • Alli August 12, 2012 at 10:34 pm

      Thank you!

  4. Lackycorner August 13, 2012 at 1:44 am

    Interesting! I like it and Will try it.

    • Alli August 13, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      Hope you love it!

  5. Nat August 14, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Did you use the black as the base or the second coat? Or do you suppose it would matter? Looks great! I recently did your idea for the acid wash mani with Orange Pop and Creme Pop (brilliant orange and red) by Quo and these two colors would work for this too! Can’t wait to try it out!

    • Alli August 14, 2012 at 10:31 am

      I used the back as a top coat. It’s best to used the darkest color on top.

      That sounds like a really pretty combination!

  6. Nikki September 18, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    I used Finger Paints Don’t Make a Scene with Steal My Beating Art on top. I also used a thin coat of Orly Tiara on my ring fingers under Steal My Beating Art for and did not let it dry some subtle bling. It turned out totally rad. I adore the effect.

  7. sarah_gwen November 13, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    What do you mean by a creme finish polish? Looks really subtle yet effective, I will be trying this 🙂

    • Alli November 14, 2013 at 9:36 am

      A creme finish polish has no shimmer or sparkle 🙂

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