Monday, September 17, 2012

Double Saran Wrap Tutorial

Today my curiosity got the best of me.  And I wound up finding a pretty neat look!  I've posted before about saran wrap nails and how to create them but, I wanted to see what it would look like if I knocked it up a step and made it more complex.  Here's my result:

Instant swoon!!!!  They came out fantastically!  I'll attribute a little bit of this to my color selection too ;) .  I love using the primary colors together.  Blue, yellow and red (in this case pink) always look smashing together.  I used Sally Hansens Lightening for the yellow, China Glazes Sky High-Top for the blue and Essies Wife Goes On for the pink.  The blue and pink were slightly transparent and let the colors underneath through resulting in some really great orange, purple and green from the overlapping colors.

Here is the technique I used to get this look!  You can use similar colors to mine or experiment with your own color combos.

And if you don't want the video here is the original pictorial I posted for this look.  The video came later.

First paint your nail a base color.  It is a good idea to go with the lightest color of the three.  This is because lighter colors don't show up as well when they are over dark.  By starting with the lightest color you won't mute it.

For this technique you will need saran wrap or cling wrap (found in your local grocery store for food storage).  Cut a small piece and roll it into a ball.  Make sure your first applied color is dry before moving on!

Paint your second color over one nail only, covering your first color.  Immediately dab the saran wrap ball down the nail.  The saran wrap will cling to the wet polish and pull it up and off revealing the color underneath.

This patch effect is your regular saran wrap nail look!  Repeat this on each nail one at a time.  The second color needs to be freshly applied and wet when you use the saran wrap on it.  I find I like to have multiple saran wrap balls to dab because one will quickly become full of polish.  I like to dab two nails with each ball and then move onto a new one. You could stop here if you want but we are going for a more complex look.  Allow your secondary color to dry.

Apply your third color to one nail and repeat dabbing the saran wrap.

The saran wrap will pull away the third color to reveal the other two underneath.  Go on to each nail one at a time until all of your nail are done.

Your double saran wrap nail look is complete!  Finish up with a clear top coat to make the colors appear smoother.  

The way my nails look they remind me of a stereogram image where there is a hidden image or word in each puzzle.  

Apparently this one says Love but, I've never been able to do these things!


  1. I love this! It does look like a stereogram, although my first thought was that it looked tie-dye-like.

  2. I did alittle trial of this on my blog for day 5: blue nail. Didn't work out as well but I loved it and will definitely be doing it again.

  3. Awesome! This is so cool! And looks really easy to do. As for the stereogram, it helps to zoom in first so it fills the screen before trying it ;)

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  5. It is a stack of two hearts w/ love diagonaly across the hearts

  6. Love the technique! Also, the picture is 2 hearts with 'Love' written over the top. :-)

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  8. Love it! Thank you for the tutorial

  9. I AM going to do this, thank you.. and I can see the image in the colors so i am proud xD

  10. Gorgeous!!!! I don't think I could pull this off. I'm too clumsy. lol

  11. I tried it and love it! Thanks for the tut!

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