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Abstract | Nail Art Tutorial


Abstract | Nail Art Tutorial

Want to know how to create this abstract nail look? Follow our 5 step guide below!


The products we used to create this look:

Nail varnish and nail art tools

1. Vitamin Base Coat – Natural Collection
2. 60 Seconds Super Shine – Rimmel London – Breakfast In Bed
3. 7 Day Wear Nail Polish – Collection – White Out
4. 60 Seconds Super Shine – Rimmel London – Ring A Ring O’Roses
5. 60 Seconds Super Shine – Rimmel London – Peachella
6. 60 Seconds Super Shine – Rimmel London – Your Majesty
7 Day Wear Nail Polish – Collection – Lemon Meringue
8. Pointed Drawing Brush (Small)
9. Silver Striping Tape
10. Silver Gem


Now lets show you how we created this abstract nail art!

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First of all it is important to make sure your nails are clean and ready to be painted before we start, so we need to do a little bit of preparation. If you have nail varnish on already, you will need to take it off with some nail varnish remover. After this is done, I usually wash my hands just to ensure my nails are completely clean.

Then it’s time to tidy your nails up a little and to shape them to how you want, using with your file. Also, if you want make your nails appear longer – you can push back your cuticles. If you place your hand in some warm water for a few minutes, it will help soften your skin making it easier for you to do this.

Once you are ready, you should apply a base coat to your nail as this will protect your nails from being stained but also will make applying your nail varnish much smoother. We used the Vitamin Base Coat (1) to do this.


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Once your base coat is dry (this shouldn’t take too long), we can start moving on to the more exciting parts – deciding what colour you want your nails to be! For this look, we decided to have the ring finger as the main focus so we painted this nail with the white (3) nail varnish, and the rest with the gorgeous nail varnish in the colour Breakfast In Bed (2). We applied 2 coats of the nail varnish as this makes sure the nails are covered well.

We recommend you apply two thin coats rather than one thick one as the thicker the coat, the longer it will take to dry.


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Once the white nail varnish is dry, it’s time to start creating the abstract nail art! The first thing we need to play around with some striping tape to create the shapes on the nail. We started by placing the silver striping tape (9) at the top of the nail and working our way down.

* It’s okay to play around here with the position of the striping tape until you are happy.


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Once you are happy with where the striping tape is and the shapes you will be creating – it’s time to add the pretty colours! We decided to use blue (2), pink (4), orange (5), silver (6) and yellow (7) nail varnish colours and painted them on the nail using a small pointed drawing brush (8) to create this abstract nail look.

* Have some fun here with the colours you choose to use, but make sure you spread them out with where you choose to paint them so there aren’t some right next to each other.


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Once you have finished painting on the colours, let them dry a little and then gently take off the striping time – one at a time. After you have finished that, it’s time to add the final touch to this look – the little silver gem on the little finger! To do this, we applied a top coat and then gently placed the silver gem (10) on the nail.

* Once you are happy with where the gem is placed, you can apply another layer of the top coat on top of the gems to make them even more secure.


And that’s how we created this abstract nail look! It’s a gorgeous and bright look for your nails this spring! It would also be a perfect nail look for everyday wear or a party.


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Now it’s your turn! Have you created this look? We’d love to see it – tag us on Twitter and Instagram!


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(64) Comments

  1. Annelize says:

    I love Rimmel polishes! You’ve created a beautiful design – I’m still struggling with using tape, my polish always peels off even when dry!

    1. The Rimmel nail polishes are so good, aren’t they?! And they are only being £2.99 too! Thank you 🙂 hmm, maybe the tape you are using is too sticky? Maybe try make it a little less sticky so it doesn’t pull off the polish. Let us know how it goes! 🙂

  2. I love this nail look at lot! So fun and colourful! I really want to give this nail look a go but I feel like I’d really struggle with creating the shapes on the nail and filling it as neatly as you did! I’m super obsessed with this abstract design!

    1. Thank you so much 🙂 I still have this look on my nails now, I love it haha. It does make it a lot easier if you can use the striping tape, as you don’t need to worry too much with filling the gaps in. Using a small nail art brush also helps 🙂

  3. Girl that looks so so pretty!

    1. Thank you! We love this look – it looks so pretty on your nails 🙂

  4. Love this nail art! I love reading these you really write it so that it’s super easy to understand, really need to remember to try one of these one day, great post x

    1. It’s such a pretty nail look, isn’t it?! Aww, thank you so much 🙂 that’s great to hear! Our aim is to try and create these looks so anyone can follow the tutorials if they would like to 😀

  5. I love how people can be very creative with nail art! I’ve tried but couldn’t do much because I wasn’t patient @[email protected] It’s pretty cool how detailed the nail art turned out! I really like the cross shapes. Thanks for sharing your tricks :)!

    1. It’s amazing the designs people can come up with, when doing nail art. It’s so much fun! Haha, yeah you do have to be patient when doing the designs. It’s worth it in the end though when you see your pretty nails 😀 Thank you!

  6. This looks lovely! x

    1. Thank you 🙂

  7. So cute! I’m rubbish at doing nail art. You have such nice hands/nails too.
    Siobhan x |

    1. Aww thank you. It’s so much fun, just need to practice a bit. Don’t need to do too much of crazy designs 🙂 can start off with easy designs, such as dots/flowers first!

  8. I’m absolutely loving the pastel theme here, it’s so perfect for Spring/Summer and I’m a huge fan of Rimmel polishes since I received them in an Influencer box! You can never go wrong with adding a bit of glitter too and the gem is so cute!
    Alice Xx

    1. Thank you so much. The colours are so pretty, aren’t they?! 😀 The Rimmel polishes are great! Haha, most definitely – can never go wrong with adding a bit of glitter 🙂

  9. This is such a pretty look, I love the combination of colours and I absolutely love the glitter!- x

    1. Thank you 🙂 we’re so glad you like the look!

  10. Absolutely love the design and the colours you’ve used!

    Louisa |

    1. Thank you so much 🙂

  11. I love that shade of blue – so summery!
    Aleeha xXx

    1. It’s so pretty that blue nail varnish! It’s a gorgeous shade 🙂 will be great for the Summer time too!

  12. Wow this one is so pretty! I can’t believe it’s that simple either, this one definitely sounds easier to achieve than I thought it would be! x


    1. Thank you! Yeah, it’s a pretty simple look to do, and looks gorgeous on your nails – so it’s great 😀

  13. Oh lord, I love the design but I am afraid my hand is not steady enough to try it myself. I am jealous

    1. Aww, thank you! It’s such a pretty design, isn’t it?! I didn’t want to take this one off my nails! Haha.

  14. These look lovely. The blue is perfect! You are so talented xx

    1. Thank you! The blue is such a gorgeous shade, isn’t it?! 😀

  15. Loving the blue of that nail polish and the look overall. But i think i’d go for the full on graphic because it looks amazing!

    1. That blue nail polish is so pretty – definitely a favourite of mine! Ooo, it would look so pretty on all of the nails – next time I’ll have to try that out 🙂

  16. Super cute and great step by step instructions! Thanks for sharing !

    1. Thank you 🙂 so glad you like it!

  17. That’s so clever how you used the tape to make the abstract design! That’s really cool . The colours you have chosen work so well together and it all looks so pretty! This is fantastic, another great tutorial! xx

    Bexa |

    1. Aww, thank you so much! It makes doing this kind of design so much easier for everyone if they can use the tape! Also allows you to play around and create the design how you want with being able to move it around 🙂 yees – I love them colours! Haha, and decided to give it a bit of sparkle too!

  18. Wow!! These are so pretty!! I never have to properly do my nails and in my job they chip so fast, but I love love love nail art! Your page is amazing! My sister always does her nails really well, I’m defo sending her your page for inspo!

    1. Aww – thank you so much. In my old job I wasn’t able to paint my nails so I love being able to have fun again with them! It can take quite a lot of time, and you have to be very patient. We hope your sister likes our page too! 🙂

  19. Living the turquoise colour and the design pattern is fab- I’m in awe of your polish abilities as always!

    1. It’s such a pretty colour right?! Aww, thank you! It’s crazy to think I only started this just before Christmas time. I can’t wait to see how much more we grow! 🙂

  20. I love, love, love the shade Breakfast in Bed! It’s perfect for the warmer months, but I also love Peachella and would wear that all over my nails as well..

    1. It’s so pretty, isn’t it?! I fell in love with it as soon as I tried it the first time – was so excited to try and create looks with this nail varnish. Yees, Peachella is so pretty too! Definitely going to try create more looks with this colour 😀

  21. This is such a cute look! I need to get myself some more nail glue that actually holds my gems on for more than a day haha 🙂 x x
    Ellis //

    1. Thank you! Just using a clear nail varnish seems to work pretty well with me 🙂 just have to becareful for a little to make sure it dries properly. I hope you find something that works for you though! The little gems can really finish a nail look!

  22. These look incredible! I always see cool designs like this on Pinterest but always assumed they were so tricky to recreate, this is so easy to follow though so I’ll need to give them a go! Lovely post
    Zara xx

    1. Thank you so much! Yeah, there are quite a lot of designs on Pinterest that look pretty tricky to re-create, so our aim is to make it so any looks we create, you can paint on your own nails too by following our easy step by step tutorials 🙂 we’d love to see a picture if you do paint this look on your nails!

  23. This is such a gorgeous nail look – so simple and yet so effective! I love the colours you’ve chosen, perfect for summer! I really need to get some more nail tape, mine has run out but you’ve inspired me to create more looks like this!
    Hels xx

    1. Aww, thank you so much!! It is, it’s a simple but gorgeous look! I love using pastel colours at the moment – they are so pretty and perfect for this time of the year and summer. Haha, the tape can be very useful! We’d love to see what designs you come up with using it 🙂

  24. I love this design! It looks great. I’ll definitely be picking up that Rimmel shade!



    1. Thank you 🙂 it’s a gorgeous shade, isn’t it?!

  25. Such a pretty design! I really need to up my nail polish skills x

    Morgan //

    1. Aww, thank you! You could practice with some easier designs to try and get in to it first and see how things go – it’s all fun 🙂

  26. I love your designs so much, they’re always so pretty and creative. And tape is such a good idea, when I saw your pics on Insta I couldn’t work out how you’d got those straight lines! #protip haha lovely post x

    Lisa |

    1. Aww, thank you so much for this lovely comment! Hahaha, yes – the tape can really be handy 😀 I’d be very proud of myself if I was able to paint lines that straight without the tape haha!

  27. This is such a pretty look! I would love to get better at doing my own nails – definitely will try this look out! K xx

    1. Thank you! Just need to practice and patience, and it will become easier 🙂 we’d love to see a picture if you do try this look out!

  28. Love this design but could never do it myself!! Inspiration for my next nail appointment though….

    1. Thank you 🙂 we’d love to see a picture if you do get this look on your nails!

  29. This design is so cute and creative! I envy people who can rock the nail polish – I find them so uncomfortable but they look so cute.

    ☼ cabin twenty-four

    1. Aww, thank you! Oh really?! I don’t like not having my nails done haha 😛

  30. I’ve not long created a “Nails” board on Pinterest so I’m really enjoying seeing all these gorgeous designs on there at the minute! I love this design 🙂 xxx

    1. Thank you 🙂 it’s a lot of fun looking through Pinterest at all the creative designs people come up with!

  31. I just can’t get over how gorgeous your designs are! This one is amongst my favourites I think, absolutely beautiful! x

    1. Aww, thank you 🙂 it’s so much fun coming up with the designs! We’re so glad you like them! 😀

  32. Huda says:

    Loving all the pastel shades you have used especially the blue!

    1. Aww thank you! This blue is gorgeous, isn’t it 😀

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