Once Upon a Time Nails


Hi, everyone! I’m finally back with a new updo. I have started a new obsession over ABC’s hit series, Once Upon a Time. I started on Netflix a few months ago, and now I’m all caught up. Honestly, I have like a huge, nerdy obsession over this and decided that I might as well put this new craze to use. So, here are some nails inspired from the opening theme image of the show.


– base coat

– light blue polish

– dark blue polish

– black polish

– white or silver polish

– top coat

– clear glitter polish

– striper and/or dotting tool

– makeup sponge

– remover, cotton balls, and q-tips

The first step is to paint all of your nails with a base coat. This will help your design last.

Once it dries, paint all nails with a light blue. One coat should do the trick.

Now, make sure this is completely dry. Go ahead and brush some dark blue onto the sponge. Dab some off, because this is the first layer and you want it to be nice and light. Sponge some dark blue about halfway down your nails. Apply more dark blue if necessary.

Apply another layer of dark blue on the sponge. Sponge just a tiny bit off, since this will be a darker layer. Keep in mind that we are building an ombre. Dab the dark blue closer to the bottom of your nail. Once this is done, go in with the dark blue brush and lightly apply some polish on the very bottom line. This will give a better ombre. Let dry completely.

If your ombre still looks a bit abrupt, apply some light blue on your sponge and sponge some off. Sponge on the light blue onto the part where the dark blue meets the light blue. We are putting some lighter blue into the lighter shade of the dark blue (I don’t know if that makes sense…). Let this dry.

Now that we have the sky done, we are gonna add some trees. Go in with the striper and make black stripes on each nail. About 1-3 will fit. Add small branches too if you’d like. My branches were very small lines coming out of the black stripes.

Once this is dry, you can either choose the dotting tool or the striper to make the letters. I found that a striper was easier for me. I didn’t have a silver polish lying around, so I used my white polish. Make an ‘O’ on the pointer finger, an ‘N’ on the middle finger, a ‘C’ on the ring finger, and an ‘E’ on the pinky. You can choose to write ‘upon a time’, but my nails wouldn’t allow space. Don’t worry though, it has been done before and I’m sure you can do it too.

On my thumb, I applied a clear sparkly top coat as did I on all of my right hand (too lazy to make the letters on my right hand :P). Apply a top coat on the rest of the fingers, and your done! You probably want to go in with the remover and q-tips to remove the polish around your nails. This will give a cleaner look.

That’s it! It might look a bit challenging, but with enough focus and concentration, the results are to die for. My other fellow OUAT fans were already appreciating my nails, and I’m sure yours will, too. I hope you enjoy and indulge in your nerdy obsessions! (P.S. If there are any other fan-art nails you might want to see, just comment.) Thanks, and don’t forget to comment!

References: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/c/c2/Once_Upon_aTime_promo_image.jpg

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