Scalloped Nail Tutorial

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Hey Everyone! How was your weekend? Mine was pretty laid back, but I’m kinda glad because this week ahead is going to be crazy. I’ve got several meetings over the next couple days and then Wednesday afternoon I’ll be leaving for an out of town work trip/training through Friday.

Anywho, I’m excited today to be sharing my latest nail creation-scalloped nails! Aren’t they the cutest? There’s something so girly and feminine about scalloped detail, and I’ve loved seeing them incorporated into the fashion world lately.

This nail tutorial is super easy to put together and requires only a few tools. For the dots, I used a toothpick, but you can also use a bobby pin or anything with a pointy tip, really. The nail polish I used isΒ Wet n’ Wild “Wild Shine” Nail Color in White and Blazed, which was in my May Favorites post over here. I also used Sally Hansen Ultimate Shield Clear Top Coat, which I swear by when I do nail looks. It always helps the look last so much longer and gives it that nice sheen.

Let’s get started!

1. Pour a small amount of white nail polish on a paper plate, and using a toothpick begin making white dots diagonally across each nail.

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2. Using the nail polish brush, paint the nail white above the dots until completely filled. Allow nail to completely dry before next step. (I suggest waiting 10 minutes to prevent smudging)

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3. Repeat the dotting process with the second color right above the original white dotted area.

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4. Fill in the entire tip of the nail with the second color.

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5. Allow nails to completely dry before applying a clear top coat.

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Ta-da! Scalloped nails complete! Now enjoy your pretty, girly nails!

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Shop the look!

What do you think? The color possibilities are endless here! And it’s such a cute and easy way to spruce up the nails!Β Let me know what you think in the comment section! πŸ™‚

Have a great week!- Cara

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100 Comments

  1. Emily wrote:

    So cute! And it looks pretty simple, too, which is always a plus πŸ™‚ Thanks for linking up with our Merry Monday party.

    Posted 7.30.16 Reply
  2. Angie wrote:

    Those turned out so pretty! I love it!

    Posted 7.28.16 Reply
  3. Oh my goodness! This mani is so cute! I’ll have to try it sometime!

    Sarah
    http://mybowsandclothes.blogspot.com/

    Posted 7.28.16 Reply
  4. Sooo cute! I could never do this – I’d mess it up for sure!

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
    • Thank-you! It’s really not as hard as it looks, I promise! πŸ˜‰

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  5. Super cute! I love the negative space on the nail.

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
  6. mary wrote:

    This is so pretty and a great tutorial!

    Posted 7.27.16 Reply
  7. Jennifer wrote:

    GORGEOUS!

    Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  8. Gina wrote:

    Ooohhh I love this so much. Darling.

    Posted 7.26.16 Reply
    • Thank-you! Definitely a girly way to dress up the nails! πŸ™‚

      Posted 7.29.16 Reply
  9. Amanda wrote:

    This is so pretty– you make it look too easy. I don’t think mine would come out like this πŸ˜›

    Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  10. KatyRose wrote:

    This summer I’ve been working hard at having my nails polished and good looking but I’ve stuck with the basics. I think it’s time to branch out and give this a try. Too cute. – Katy

    Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  11. I love easy the effect is to achieve. Makes me think of mermaids too!

    Posted 7.26.16 Reply
    • Thanks! Ah I hadn’t even though of that, but yes kind of reminds you of seashells a little bit!

      Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  12. Hannah wrote:

    I love this! This actually looks so much easier than I thought it was going to be when I clicked on it to read it. Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 7.26.16 Reply
    • Thank-you! Maybe I need to add easy in the title! haha πŸ˜‰

      Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  13. Lux G. wrote:

    Awesome. I’m not so artistic though so I’m gonna have to practice more.

    Posted 7.26.16 Reply
    • Thank-you! It’s not bad, I promise- takes patience more than anything πŸ˜‰

      Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  14. Nice design!

    Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  15. This is really cute & super unique! I’m a big fan fanatic, and I love the detailing of this xx Adaleta Avdic

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
  16. Kim wrote:

    These are sooo cute Cara and perfect for Summer! You make them look so easy but I dunno…I’ll give it a try but thank goodness for polish remover and q-tips hahaha. Thanks for sharing this fun tutorial! I hope you’re doing well my beautiful friend! XO -Kim

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
    • Thanks Kim! Haha I totally use nail polish remover and q-tips too girl, no shame! These really are easy, I hope you’ll give them a try! πŸ™‚

      Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  17. How lovely?! I just started taking care of my nails within the last 2-3 years and LOVE giving myself DIY manicures. Haven’t tried one like this though! Seems fairly easy too! πŸ™‚

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
  18. Mistle wrote:

    Too cute!! It looks so simple to do! I will have to try this out one day!!

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
    • Thanks! Such a cute way to dress up your outfit! πŸ™‚

      Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  19. Such a fun idea! Very cute!

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
  20. OMG. So fun! I love nail art. So cute.

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
    • Thanks Heather! I love nail art too! Such a fun way to add color! πŸ™‚

      Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  21. Oh my gosh SO creative! I love the look. Would be perfect for the holidays too! You are always such a cutie-pie Cara!

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
  22. Emelia wrote:

    Wow Cara, these turned out so great! They are so feminine and chic and I love the details…you did a great job!

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
    • Thanks Emelia! I’m really happy with how they turned out! πŸ™‚

      Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  23. Ashley wrote:

    This is SO cute!! Love that it seems pretty easy to re-create!!

    xo Ashley

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
    • Thanks Ashley! It’s not hard at all, just takes patience πŸ˜‰

      Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  24. I love the nail look – it’s so creative yet doesn’t seem overly complicated! Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
  25. This is so cute and very doable! I love the nail polish shade <3 Absolutely beautiful!

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
    • Thanks girl! I love that it’s so inexpensive too! πŸ™‚

      Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  26. Lauren wrote:

    This is so cute and looks easy enough even I could do it – if I can ever find time to paint my nails lol

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
    • Thank-you! It had been awhile since I painted mine, but I’m super happy with how they turned out! πŸ™‚

      Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  27. Kim wrote:

    So cute and very different…I’ve never seen that style before. You must have a very steady hand.

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
  28. Alexis wrote:

    How fun! I’m not good at painting my own nails…will bring this to my salon!

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
  29. Neely wrote:

    What a cute idea! I would love to try this!

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
  30. Man I haven’t painted my nails since like Christmas I really need to haha I love this design!

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
  31. Wow! You are good! You must have a very fine hand

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
    • Thank-you! Haha the left hand is always better than the right though! πŸ˜‰

      Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  32. kirsten wrote:

    This is so cute! I usually get my nails done, but next time I do them on my own, I’m trying this!

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
  33. Melanie wrote:

    Awesome idea!! I wish I could do stuff like that. Everytime I try to do my own nails I mess them up bad. Wonder if the girl at the nail salon could do this…hmmm

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
  34. This looks super cute and really easy to create!

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
    • Thanks! It is an easy nail look that looks super chic! πŸ™‚

      Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  35. Oh my gosh that is WAY easier than I thought it would be! I love the scalloped look and may have to try this out later today… Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
    • You’re welcome! Hope you’ll give it a try! πŸ™‚

      Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  36. This is so adorable!!

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
  37. Lily wrote:

    Come do my nails!! This is so cute and although it sounds easy enough…I can guarantee you it will NOT come out as cute as yours. Love the colors too!
    xo, Lily
    Beauty With Lilyο»Ώ

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
    • Of course girl, anytime! Maybe while I do your nails you can teach me all your awesome Youtube video tips and tricks! πŸ˜‰

      Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  38. Lily wrote:

    This is so so fun! I love the scalloped trend right now!

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
    • Thank-you! I do too, and love seeing it in shorts, skirts, and dresses! πŸ™‚

      Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  39. This is so cute! You explained it so well so I might try it (:

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
  40. Rebecca Jo wrote:

    So cute. I wouldnt have thought that’s how the step process would go but I guess when you play with white, it makes all the difference.
    Love the scalloped look

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
    • Thank-you! The white layer underneath acts as the base coat, which makes the top color more vibrant. You could do it with any color, and it’d be gorgeous! πŸ™‚

      Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  41. Mackenzie wrote:

    This looks sooo awesome!!! Perfect for summer. I’m SO bad at doing my own nails (I can never wait long enough for it to try) but I just may need to give this a try!!

    http://www.brunchonsunday.com

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
    • Thank-you! Oh my gosh the struggle is real! I have such a hard time waiting too lol, no worries! πŸ˜‰

      Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  42. This is a really summery look, thanks for sharing!

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
  43. Love your nails! With the tutorial, these nails seem easy enough for anyone to do! Thanks for sharing!

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
    • Thanks! It really is an easy nail look. Just takes a little patience. πŸ˜‰

      Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  44. Candy wrote:

    Great tutorial. You make it look easy. Will be trying this

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
    • Thanks! It was easy, Candy! I bet your granddaughter would love these πŸ™‚

      Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  45. So adorable! I wish I were good at doing my own nails but alas, I’m lucky if I’m able to get a solid color on straight, haha! However, this is a really cute idea for me to take to the nail salon. πŸ™‚

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
    • Thank-you! It really is a cute look for summer- or anytime of the year. πŸ˜‰

      Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  46. Pamela wrote:

    These turned out so cute! I have no skills what so ever when it comes to making my nails look cute. If it’s not a solid color or something with a topcoat I need a nail salon to do it haha! <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
  47. Emily wrote:

    Seriously so cute!

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
  48. Alice Kerley wrote:

    Seriously so adorable!! I’m going to have to try this!

    xo
    Alice

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
  49. Nadine wrote:

    This is so so cute!!! But I dont think I have the patience to do it hahahaha. I am lucky if I even paint my finger nails because I hate waiting for them to dry in between coats and stuff.

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
    • I’m right there with ya, girl. Haha I have to make myself sit still and not like start opening up jars of food and stuff and smudge them lol. But they do look pretty in the end! πŸ™‚

      Posted 7.26.16 Reply
  50. Andrea Nine wrote:

    Absolutely beautiful!! OH you are so talented!! They look so professional and Summery. Come do mine, lol!! Happy Monday!

    Posted 7.25.16 Reply
    • Of course I’ll do your nails! πŸ™‚ Thanks so much!!

      Posted 7.26.16 Reply