Manicure Monday: Ikat Nail Art

Manicure Monday: Ikat Nails
Ikat, a dyeing technique that creates a unique pattern. In our case, we can use nail polish to create the same look. This pattern is generally very hard to recreate on fabrics and textiles, but we make it very easy for you to get this ikat nail art. Have fun mixing and matching colors to create a combo that is completely customizable to you!

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Apply a base coat.

Manicure Monday: Ikat Nails

Before you do anything, apply a base coat to protect and nourish your nails.

Apply a solid base color.

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Choose a light color as your background base. A lighter background will make it easier for you to layer other colors on top without having to use multiple coats. It took us 2 coats to get a solid color without seeing any visible nail lines underneath. Allow this color to fully dry before moving on to the next step.

Paint vertical strips in patches shaped like a diamond.

Manicure Monday: Ikat Nails

Using a striping polish, try painting vertical stripes in patches that resemble the shape of a diamond. The lines in the middle of the shape should be longer than the lines on the outside. Make sure to go over your stripes until they’re opaque, you don’t want to be able to see the background color through the lines.

Paint vertical stripes around the outside of the diamond.

Manicure Monday: Ikat Nails

With a different color, create vertical stripes surrounding the outside of the diamond. Make sure to still keep relatively the same shape. You can overlap the colors a little bit so that it blends together.

Paint vertical stripes in the shape of a diamond inside of the original one.

Manicure Monday: Ikat Nails

Choose a third color and paint vertical stripes to create a diamond inside of the first one that you did. Try not to completely cover the original shape or else you’ll loose its color.

Paint vertical stripes in the shape of a smaller diamond.

Manicure Monday: Ikat Nails

If you want to add more detail, paint one more tiny diamond inside of the last one that you just did. This step can be skipped if you’re happy with just 3 colors.

Apply a top coat.

Manicure Monday: Ikat Nails

Lock in the cute design with a top coat and clean off any polish on your skin.

Voilà, you’re done!

Manicure Monday: Ikat Nails

Tell us:

[quote_center]What colors would you use? Show us your recreation in the comments, we’d love to see how you’d do the ikat pattern![/quote_center]

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