Geode nails have been on the top of my to-do list for quite some time, but I never tried them for fear of completely butchering them.
And apparently, I was not too far off. I tried a few different variations of the geode nail until I finally decided to stop and just try black and white. By eliminating color from the puzzle, it was a lot easier to just figure out the linework and where each line should go and why. So, without further adieu, here’s my take on the ever popular geode nails (color version coming soon!)
As far as tools go, all you need are your base and top coats (both Seche for me) and black and white polish paired with nail art brushes. Mine are two bottles that come with the nail art brush in them, but anything works!
First things first, decide what kind of geodes you want to do. I found my inspiration from the OPI nail art gallery on their website (link to the inspo). First, I had to decided which (if any) nails were going to have the black base, like the inspo, and which I would try something fun out with. I went with two nails black, and the rest just a base coat.
After that, the fun linework begins! On each of the black-based nails, make a tiny circle. It doesn’t need to be perfect, it will be serving as the radius for your geode. All lines will start around that dot. I actually think it works a little better with an imperfect circle, so I did not even bother with the dotting tool. Follow that with making lines on the clear nails. I started with black, then went over it with white. The black line should be sort of jagged since that’s the outline of the geode, all lines will follow that first one. You definitely want some fun shapes to follow.
For the clear nails, just keep following the black, white, black, white pattern until you either run out of nail space OR want to stop. I left some room on the nail to have some blank space (jump down to the final product and take a look at the pinky nail, if you want something like that, stop your line work before reaching the end of your canvas).
For the black nails, start making your imperfect circles around the original dot/radius.
And that’s that! It’s really not so much of a complicated mani as it is a line work challenge. Also– V important note: practice makes perfect! This was not my first attempt at this, in fact, it was my third. The first two were major learning experiences of how much pressure to apply to the brush and how to make the lines.
I have a few more geode-inspired nail art tutorials to do, because these are by far my mani of the month. Huuuuge fan.