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Anchor | Nail Art Tutorial

Want to know how to create this anchor nail look? Follow our 11 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 – Pillow Talk
3. 7 Day Wear Nail Polish – Collection – White Out
4. 60 Seconds Super Shine – Rimmel London – Your Majesty
5. Dotting Tool
6. Pointed Drawing Brush
7. Striping Tape

 

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

Anchor nail art, summer nails, base coat nail varnish, easy nail art

STEP 1

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.

 

Anchor nail art, summer nails, blue nail varnish, easy nail art

STEP 2

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 Pillow Talk (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.

 

Anchor nail art, summer nails, blue nail varnish, easy nail art

STEP 3

Once the white nail varnish is dry, it’s time to start creating the anchor nail art! The first thing we need to do is start painting on the anchor. To do this, we painted a small thin line down the middle of the ring finger nail using the pointed drawing brush (6) with the nail varnish in the colour Pillow Talk (2).

* You can use a dotting tool to paint on the anchor instead if you feel more comfortable.

 

Anchor nail art, summer nails, blue nail varnish, easy nail art

STEP 4

After you have painted on the thin line, it’s time to start painting on the features to create the anchor. The first part we painted on was a thin curved line at the bottom of the straight line. To do this, we used the pointed drawing brush (6) with the nail varnish in the colour Pillow Talk (2).

 

Anchor nail art, summer nails, blue nail varnish, easy nail art

STEP 5

Next we painted on a small circle at the top of the straight line using the pointed drawing brush (6) with the nail varnish in the colour Pillow Talk (2).

 

Anchor nail art, summer nails, blue nail varnish, easy nail art

STEP 6

After you have painted on the small circle, you want to paint a small thin line underneath it to finish creating the shape of the anchor. To do this, we used the pointed drawing brush (6) with the nail varnish in the colour Pillow Talk (2)

 

Anchor nail art, summer nails, blue nail varnish, easy nail art

STEP 7

As you can see in the photo above, we added some small touches to the anchor by painting on small triangle shapes at the ends of the small line and the curved line. To do this, we used the dotting tool (5) with the nail varnish in the colour Pillow Talk (2).

 

Anchor nail art, summer nails, blue nail varnish, easy nail art

STEP 8

After you have finished painting on the anchor, it’s time to start adding the final touches to this nail look. Firstly, we decided to paint stripes on the middle nail. To do this, we cut pieces of the striping tape (7) and gently placed them over the nail to plan where we would like the white stripes to be.

It is important you make sure your nail varnish is dry before you place it over your nail as this could take your nail varnish off!

If you don’t have any striping tape or stencils, it’s okay, you can use tape instead! You can see how we used the tape technique on our tutorial for the Stripe and Flower Nail Look.

 

Anchor nail art, summer nails, blue nail varnish, easy nail art

STEP 9

Once you are happy with the placement of the striping tape, it’s time to paint on the stripes! To do this, we used the nail varnish in the colour White Out (3).

When you are painting on the nail varnish on, don’t worry if you get some on the stencil – it protects that part of your nail!

 

Anchor nail art, summer nails, blue nail varnish, easy nail art

STEP 10

After you have painted on the white stripes, let them dry a little and then gently take off the striping time.

 

Anchor nail art, summer nails, blue nail varnish, easy nail art

STEP 11

Now it’s time to add the final touch to this anchor nail art. As you can see in the photo above, we decided to paint on 3 small lines on the little finger nail. We used the same technique as we did in step 8 for the stripes, but this time painted the top and bottom stripe with the nail varnish in the colour White Out (3) and the middle one with the nail varnish in the colour Your Majesty (4). When you are happy – apply a top coat to finish the look off!

 

And that’s how we created this anchor nail look! It’s a gorgeous look for your nails over the summer!

 

Anchor nail art, summer nails, blue nail varnish, easy nail art

 

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

 


If you like this nail look, you may also want to check out our other ‘under the sea’ nail art:
🧜‍♀️ Mermaid Nail Art 🧜‍♀️
🐟 Under The Sea Nail Art 🐟
🌊 Seahorse Nail Art 🌊

 

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(58) Comments

  1. Such a cute nail design perfect for summer! I wish i was good at doing nail art! I’ll have to give this a try!

    Mich // simplymich.com

    1. Thank you! It’s so much fun, it does require quite a lot of patience though but it’s so worth it when you see the pretty nails at the end 😀 we’d love to see a picture if you do try this look!

  2. These are super cute! Such a pretty design and I absolutely love the shade of blue. The stripey nail is my favourite (I love anything stripey!) also the little anchor is adorable. Another fantastic post and I’m always amazed at your talent and creativity. Thank you for sharing xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    1. Thank you so much! I love that shade of blue too, it looks sooo pretty on the nails 😀 I really loved doing the stripey nail too – I was tempted to do it on all the nails but I thought I would mix things up a little haha. Aww, it’s so lovely to hear that – thank you! ❤️

  3. Oh my gosh how cute is this! I get more and more baffled at how intricate and amazing your nails are every time you post. I would NEVER be able to do that adorable teeny little anchor. The pastel blue is so gorgeous and perfect for this theme too, I love anything nautical! So excited to see what’s instore for Autumn this year.
    Alice Xx

    1. Aww, thank you so much 🙂 that’s so lovely to hear. I really try to put the effort in to make the pretty looks that people can try and create if they would like to! I loveee the blue too – it’s such a pretty colour. Will definitely be using that a lot more! Ooo, I hope we impress you with them looks too! Last year we didn’t create any as we hadn’t really started out then so will be super fun to see what we come up with 😀

  4. Aw I love baby blue and this is such a cute nautical look! I definitely have to try this out on my toes!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com x

    1. I love that blue nail polish too – it’s such a pretty colour! I’ll definitely be using that more 😀 thank you – we’d love to see a picture if you do paint this look on your nails!

  5. I love anything with a nautical theme so thank you for sharing this design. I love the paler colours too. Really pretty.

    Louisa | http://www.loubeeloublogs.co.uk

    1. Aww, thank you ❤️ I had so much fun creating this one. I love the blue too, I think it was perfect for this look 😀

  6. Wow, you have incredible talent!! I love the step by step picture instructions. You make it look so easy. I’ll have to try this someday 🙂

    With love,
    Kat | http://www.katimalist.com

    1. Thank you so much! I’m so glad to hear that, I try to create them so it is easy to follow for everyone if they would like to get into doing nail art 🙂 we’d love to see a picture if you do try this look out!

  7. I love this one! Once again, I can’t believe the detail here but I love these colours. I really like how every nail is different too x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

    1. I’m so glad you love this one! I loved creating it, and loved the colours – the blue is so gorgeous! Thank you 🙂 I did mix things up a little just to make it a bit more special and different. I really like how it turned out 🙂

  8. I started my blog to do all sorts of nail art like this but it’s drifted into more beauty and skincare but this has given me alll the inspo to start it all up again!
    Rosie

    1. Oh really? I think that’s happened to quite a few people! I’m so glad I’ve inspired you to get back into nail art, it’s so much fun 🙂 thank you!

  9. This look is definitely up my street – and reading your posts makes me really want to do more with my nails! I’m considering buying a dotting tool now!

    Jas xx

    1. I’m so glad you like it and we inspire you to want to do more with your nails! Dotting tools are SO useful, they can be used for so many things – more then just doing dots. Would definitely recommend, it’s also a great tool to get into doing nail art 🙂

  10. I love the shade of blue Pillow Talk is, it’s like a very subtle and calming color – like the color of the sea/sky! I used to always do 1 coat of the nail varnish, a thick one, but now that you mention it, two thin coats is easier to dry rather than waiting so long for it.

    I love the finished look of the nails! Also the anchor looks amazing, it’s so precise and perfectly shaped! I’d probably need to take sketch it out several times on paper before even attempting it on my nails haha!

    Sahara
    http://saharas-dreams.blogspot.com

    1. It’s such a beautiful colour, isn’t it?! I love it too! Yeah, doing one thick coat means it takes longer to dry but you also may not get the best coverage compared to doing 2 thin coats. It dries a lot quicker but also ensures that all the nails are covered really well too 🙂

      Thank you so much! It was a lot of fun coming up with this design:) Haha, there is nothing wrong with sketching it out on paper before you attempt it on your nails 😀

  11. Ooh this is super cute! It’s been ages since I’ve done nail art, I definitely want to give this a try!

    Almira x | https://thelittleblackrose.com

    1. Thank you! It’s a lot of fun 🙂 we’d love to see a picture if you do try this look out!

  12. such a nice nautical themed nail design. Really love the look of it and it goes so well with summer. Lea, xx

    1. Thank you! I thought it would be a pretty look for the summer. The blue is such a gorgeous colour 🙂

  13. Ooohhhh I absolutely love the colour palette for this! I love blue nail polishes the most so I’d definitely give this a try!

    http://www.whatevawears.co.uk

    1. The blue is such a gorgeous colour, isn’t it?! I hadn’t used it for a while and now I wish I used it more, haha. We’d love to see a picture if you do try this look out 😀

  14. Looks so pretty. Loved this soothing blue shade. Will definitely try to do this. But I am messy when it comes to nail art

    1. Thank you – it’s a gorgeous colour, definitely a favourite of mine 😀 We’d love to see a picture if you do try this look out. Just requires a lot of patience and practice – nail art is so fun though and worth it 🙂

  15. These are so cute! I love anything nautical! 🙂 xxx

    1. Thank you 🙂 me too! I was excited to try create a nail look with the nautical theme 😀

  16. This design is so freaking cute!
    I actually have all of these nail varnishes. Hmm…
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

    1. Thank you so much 😀 I did love this one on my nails! Ooo, you could try painting this one on your nails 😛 we’d love to see a picture if you do!

  17. These are so summery and i love the stripes!

    1. Thank you, I loved the stripes too 😀

  18. Heather says:

    These are so cute! Very summery and loving the shade of blue!

    Heather | x Highland Beauty

    1. Thank you! I love the shade of the blue too, it’s such a gorgeous shade! Definitely will be using it more 😀

  19. This nail design is so pretty! I love that shade of blue, so summery! The strips and anchor are so cute! You are so talented with your designs! I don’t think I have the patience or a steady enough hand to create nails like these! Thank you for sharing lovely xx

    1. Thank you so much! It’s a gorgeous colour, isn’t it?! I hadn’t used it for a while and I’m sad I kind of forgot about it! Haha. Aww, thank you – that’s so lovely of you to say! Nail art definitely requires a lot of patience, but it’s so worth it when you see the pretty nails afterwards 😀

  20. Aaaaaah! So cool, I wish my hand was steady enough for this. But I need to get myself a bottle of Rimmel’s Pillow Talk now!

    1. Thank you! Ohh yes, haha, that nail polish is sooo pretty. I’ll definitely be getting that for myself again when it runs out 😛

  21. Wow, this is so cute! And a nautical theme is so summery too. I’m so impressed with the anchor, I know my hand wouldn’t be steady enough for this but it looks absolutely stunning. I love your designs, they’re so creative! xx

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    1. Aww, thank you so much for this lovely comment! I was quite proud of how it turned out, haha, was the first time I tried 😀 I’m so glad you love our designs, it’s so much fun creating them and knowing people really love them makes it so worth it all with the time and effort 😀

  22. These are so cute and I love the shade of the blue of the nail polish! Such a summery design, I’d love to try and replicate it but I’m not sure mine would look nearly as good, great post!

    Beesytimes.co.uk

    1. Thank you! I love the blue nail polish too, it’s such a gorgeous shade, isn’t it?! 😀 aww, I’m sure yours would look amazing too! We would loove to see a picture if you do paint this look on your nails 🙂

  23. Omg I love this!!! Very detailed steps! Can you fine these items in local drug stores?

    1. Thank you! I try to make the steps detailed so people are able to follow them easily 🙂

      Yes, you can find these nail polish in local drug stores – I’ve got these all from Boots, and I think I have seen them in Superdrug too! For the dotting tool, pointed drawing brush and the striping tape – I got these from Amazon 🙂

  24. Love this colour scheme and design great for holiday

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

  25. Oh wow, these are gorgeous! You have such a talent, I wish I was this creative with my nails!

    Lainy x https://bookishbitsblogblog.wordpress.com

    1. Aww thank you so much! It is a lot of fun being creative on the nails with nail art, when you see the pretty nails afterwards it’s so worth the time 😀 but there is nothing wrong with having just a colour on them. That looks so pretty too! 🙂

  26. These are so cute, I love nautical style stuff! I just wish I had a steady enough hand for the anchor haha!

    1. Thank you! Me too, I had so much fun designing this one! 😀 Haha, yeah that part requires a bit of a steady hand 😛

  27. I can’t wait to try this out! I’m not as talented as this at painting my nails, nevermind nail art but I am willing to give it a go. My nails always look like I painted them with my eyes closed! x

    1. Haha, aww. I’m sure they look great! We’d love to see a picture if you do try this look out 🙂 thank you!

  28. I am SO IN LOVE with the color choices you picked out for the anchor nail art. Your anchor looks on point as well. I like the patterns you’ve included – I want to try out this nail look! Thanks for sharing :).

    Nancy ♥ exquisitely.me

    1. Thank you so much! I love the shade of blue in this look, it’s sooo pretty – I’ll definitely be using this a lot more 😀 we’d love to see a picture if you do try this look out 🙂

  29. These nails are just fabulous, love the sea and anchor theme! Need to try out this nail look!

    Melissa |

    Moonlight Mel

    1. Thank you so much! I really loved this theme too 😀 we’d love to see a picture if you do paint this look on your nails ❤️

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