24 November 2012

Moustache Nails Tutorial

I met Rachel Read through her blog, Through The Looking Glass, where she blogs about beauty and nails, good eats, and life in Hong Kong. She's also the editor of local lifestyle website Sassy Hong Kong, and when she asked if I would write a tutorial for them on moustache nails in honour of Movember, I was thrilled to accept! And also really, really nervous because I am far from an expert. Fortunately, Rach is far too classy to mock my shortcomings, and the resulting article is now running here: Movember Mani -- our easy how-to guide.

Movember moustache nails

She also encouraged me to feel free to post it here as well, so if you're interested in having a peek, there's a slightly edited version after the break!

Besides your polishes, the only supplies you really need for moustache nails are a paper plate (or something similar) and a dotting tool...and of course, if you don't have dotting tools, you can also use something like a toothpick or the end of a bent bobby pin (before I got my dotting tools, I liked to use those disposable, wooden meat skewers you can get at the grocery store. Since it's longer than a toothpick, I found it easier to control, like holding and using a pen). Moustache nails are easily done with a nail art striper polish--or with an art brush and polish or acrylic paint--but I decided to have a go at dotting these.


After your base coat and polish (I picked China Glaze Bikini So Teeny and Liquid Leather) are dry, it only takes a few simple steps to make a moustache.

Put some polish on your paper plate and dip your dotting tool into it. Then make some small guide dots on your nail, some simple reference points for where your moustache is going to go. I know I have a tendency to tilt things when I try to eyeball them, so starting with these helped take a lot of the guesswork out of where and how far to dot once I got going.

Here I've made two small dots at the center of my nail, where the halves of the 'stache come together, and two more towards the outside where they end.


After that it's just a matter of connecting the dots! Dab the basic path you want the moustache to follow...


...then fill it in until you're satisfied with the shape and size, and that's one easy moustache down. It may not look like much all by itself, but keep on going. These 'staches look better when they're part of a crowd! (Not to mention, they're quite a bit smoother when you don't stop to take pictures along the way...)


Here's a little more on dotting, if you're new to it.
  • When you're dotting polish onto your nails, you don't have to dot very hard. It's really more of a dabbing motion, touching the polish to the surface instead of "writing" with it.
  • The amount of polish on your tool makes a big difference in your results. Not enough, and it's hard to get it to look smooth, but you don't want to use too much either. Polish spreads and settles as it dries, and you don't want to leave a big puddle. Plus if you have too much polish on your tool, you might find that you're leaving little "strings" of polish across your nail. Those strings also result from working with tacky, semi-dry polish, so be sure you have enough still-wet polish on your paper plate to make collecting and dotting easy.

If you're still not quite ready to jump into dotting on your nails yet, try dabbing a couple of moustaches on your paper plate first, and you'll be ready to move on to your nails in no time!

Movember moustache nail tutorial

Once you've finished dotting, let your moustaches dry before gently adding a top coat, and then...that's it! You don't have to worry about getting these picture-perfect (my edges are a little rough, and I was literally doing them for pictures!); just the basic shape and swoosh of the 'stache gets your message across, and who in the world is going to be staring at your hand from 3 inches away anyway? Just have some fun, give it a shot, and enjoy supporting the guys this Movember with your playful moustache nails!

Movember moustache nails

32 comments:

  1. That is too cute! Great tutorial!:)

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  2. Super cute! I love this! You did such a great job!

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  3. Wonderful job! In love with the base colour.

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    1. Thank you very much! This was the first time I wore Bikini So Teeny, and I was really pleased with it. I like it too! :D

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  4. What a gorgeous blue - so beautiful - and lovely mustaches too :)

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    1. Thanks so much, Maria! It's not my best nail art ever, but I had a lot of fun putting this together. :D

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  5. Thanks for the how to - I have seen these on line but have zero talent beyond a stick figure - but now that I see how to do these I can do this! It's easy! Oh and I have this Essie shade you used and it did not look right on me - gave me Lobster hands and feet but maybe I will give it another go with the black..it might pull this shade into range for me.

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    1. Once you break it down into steps, it really does get a whole lot easier--hope you give it a shot! This Essie actually did lobster me like crazy, but somehow the pics managed to ignore that fact (for the most part, anyway). I thought the shade itself was so cute, though, that I didn't really mind. ;)

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  6. Ooh I've always wanted to know how to do this. I can say that I plan on trying it but I'd probably be lying. I don't do nail art unless compelled...as you know ;)

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    1. Haha! No, I don't picture you doing nail art of your own free will (yet...;p), but seriously, when you do get roped in, I can see real improvement every time!!

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  7. This is a great tutorial, Elizabeth! The moustaches are so cute! AND it reminded me of how much I love Bikini So Teeny, it's such a pretty blue.

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  8. haha the mustaches are so cute! Great tutorial! :-)

    ~ Yun

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  9. This is too adorable oh my gosh! :) Isn't it Essie Bikini So Tiny? Just wondering! :)

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    1. Thank you, Maddie!! I just re-checked my bottle to be absolutely sure, but it is Teeny. I think manufacturers are required by law to have either a pun or a cutesey rhyme in their polish names. :P

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  10. What a great tutorial! I'll have to try that sometime!

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    1. Thanks!! They're really pretty easy once you get going on them--I actually think I'd like to try them again sometime too and see if I can get them a little neater when I'm not stopping to take pictures. ;)

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  11. Very cute! :-) I like the base colour! :-)

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    1. Thank you! I had Bikini So Teeny for so long without trying it, but I really love it too! :)

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