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Tie-dye is well on its way to becoming one of 2021’s biggest trends. It was huge in the stylebook of the ’70s stylebook and has now gone from making a fashion statement to making waves in the beauty community as the go-to pattern on nails.

Tie-dye nails: video tutorial

If you want to create this totally groovy look, watch this video and follow the instructions below to create the look yourself. If not, read on to collect inspo photos to show your manicurist during your next visit!


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How to paint tie-dye nails

  1. Paint a base coat using white nail polish to make the tie-dye colours stand out.
  2. Paint two nail polish colours of your choice onto a makeup sponge in a random pattern.
  3. To get the most accurate tie-dye effect choose one cool coloured polish and one with a warm tone.
  4. You can do numerous coats but remember that with one coat you’ll get a more pastel effect and with two coats it will have a more opaque appearance.
  5. Alternatively, if you want a more detailed look, paint over it using a fine tip brush.
  6. Finally, go over it with a final coat of clear nail polish to give it a smooth and polished effect.

Tie-dye nail inspirations

Sunset tie-dye nails

                             Photo: @karanailedit

Elevate your next manicure with this vibrant sunset tie-dye design. Its cheery colours are definitely cheer you up.

Rainbow quartz tie-dye nails

Photo: @thehautespot on Instagram

Prefer a super bold look? This gorgeous rainbow quartz tie-dye nail design is definitely it. These nails are going to make for a great conversation-starter so be ready to talk about them!

Cloud tie-dye nails

Photo: @apolishedcolleen on Instagram

Chase your Monday blues away by twinning with the clear blue skies.

Rippled tie-dye nails

Photo: @vexnails on Instagram

This understated look is super on-trend and it reminds us of something else that you may love – the raspberry ripple ice cream you can buy from the friendly ice cream uncle in your neighbourhood! Cute!

Glow in the dark tie-dye nails

Photo: @n.badjuk on Instagram

Pull off these intense glow-in-the-dark nails at your next night out on the town with your friends, if your mantra is “go big or go home”.

Cotton candy tie-dye nails

Photo: @nicola_bishop_nails on Instagram

Perfect if you like to go OTT, this neon cotton candy-inspired look is something you can flex.

Pastel tie-dye nails

Photo: @manicuredbychristina

Pretty and sweet is the name of your game? Then, these pastel coloured nails are just right for you.

Traditional tie-dye nails

Photo: @polished_yogi

To channel a strong retro vibe, add a little sparkle – it’ll never hurt.

Peach tie-dye nails

Photo: @nailsby.mckenna on Instagram

These peach coloured nails will have you looking as sweet as peach.

Tropical tie-dye nails

Photo: @jtriesnails on Instagram

Paddle Pop, anyone?

Watercolour tie-dye nails

Photo: @terricopelandnails

These gorgeous watercolour nails will have you feeling like a work of art.

Glittery rainbow tie-dye nails

Photo: @fi.nail.li on Instagram

These nails look like they could have belonged to a unicorn – so magical!