Last summer the look that took over almost every teenage girl nails was tribal. This trend was all everyone was talking about -at least at my school. For people who didn’t know what polishes or tools to use to get this look, it wasn’t easy. In all actuality getting that tribal look you always wanted is not as difficult as it seems. If you have the right tools and patience you can complete a successful tribal look.
All you need to complete a great tribal look is one of the following: a Sally Hansen nail art pen, a stripe rite nail polish or if you feel like you can handle it, a regular striping brush that you dip into nail polish. All of these tools can be found at a local Sally beauty store or online at sallybeauty.com.
To complete the look pictured left, I painted two coats of Minted by Revlon, then I used the white Stripe Rite nail polish to section off the nails. After that I painted some sections Radiant by Revlon, some sections Tangerine Crush by L’Oreal Paris and some sectioins Charming by Revlon. I also made sure to not paint over the minted color.
After applying the polish in the sections I wanted them, I went back over the white lines with the Stripe Rite polish.
When the polish dries you can add little details like the line in the Tangerine Crush on the index finger and the lines on the Minted color on the thumb and ring finger. This tribal look has a lot of lighter polish, so it’s always a good idea to add black in the design for contrast. In this case I added black to the middle finger helping to highlight the Radiant color.
There are also different styles of tribal. You don’t always have to use a lot of colors. Like the picture right, you can use two or three colors which still makes a statement. On these nails I used a dotting tool for the white dots and a striping brush for the gold lines.
The biggest thing to be successful while doing a tribal design, as well as painting nails in general, is to have a steady hand and work patient and slow.
There are so many different ways to do tribal, so really try to be creative. Unless you missed the kindergarten lesson on drawing straight lines, you cannot mess up this simple design. You can never go wrong with this design (unless you have no idea how to draw a straight line). Try different colors, different shapes and remember to tell yourself that practice makes perfect! The nails pictured left were the first tribal nails I ever did. They have come a long way since then, thank goodness. So try this look out and practice on a friend.
Happy painting 🙂