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By Kim Bui
When Easter-egg decorating this year, skip the dye and look toward your beauty cabinet for materials -- like, say, nail polish! Using nail polish to decorate your eggs is a great way to clear out any older polishes you may having lying around, or to use up that last bit of your favorite bottle you absolutely love but just can't let go of. Check out these designs created using a variety of nail polishes and nail-art supplies.
Tip: I recommend hollowing out the eggs before painting. That way, you can also save your creations for future use.
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Using a small amount of polish on a fan-shaped brush can help create defined strokes of color. Try adding a pop of neon on top of cooler (dried) tones for a standout palette.
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Release your inner artist with this freestyle splatter design. Nail-art foil, similar to using gold craft foil, sporadically adheres to the surface using a thin glue adhesive. The gold adds an eye-catching metallic touch against bright polish colors.
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Nail striping tape is a simple way to add a gilded look to your design. Not only can the tape be used to add a touch of shine but it can also double as guiding tape for creating clean, crisp lines.
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Laying down striping tape in an arranged pattern, combined with a water-marbling technique on top, results in this intricate pattern. The flow of the colors is broken up as the tape is peeled away, revealing the sharp angles.
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Get inspired by colors and shapes and create your own custom bouquet. Use thin art brushes and dotting tools to design imaginative arrangements.
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Geometric Nail Decals
Nail decals are a fantastic and easy way to add printed designs to your eggs. Here, I have used plastic wrap against the wet polish to create the marble design. Use the colorful marble base as the canvas and be creative when placing each decal.
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Personalized with Polish
Monograms are a great way to personalize Easter eggs. As opposed to buying many shades of paint or dye to achieve all the colors you may want in a design, take advantage of having multiple colors at your disposal in the small amounts needed from your nail polish collection. Here, I used 14 different polishes to create this fun, floral design.
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If you are a nail-art enthusiast, you may have a supply of nail decals, metal studs, and glitter available at your fingertips. This Fabergé-like design was created using nail polish with a matching glitter to achieve that beautiful jewel tone, while using nail design tape, decals, and studs to replicate the intricacy often seen in these delicate, detailed eggs.