Nail Art Tutorial: Easter Egg Nails

Easter Egg Nails Nail Art Tutorial & PicturesWell, lookie here. Mr. Tom Thumb decided to make an appearance. “What better occasion than for the unveiling of Easter Egg Nails?” He told me.

(Don’t tell him, but he’s kind of a hot head, thinking that he’s better than the other fingers just because he’s bigger. And he keeps talking about how without him, humans wouldn’t be able to brag about having opposable thumbs…or play an octave on the piano with one hand. *Pfft*)

Today I’m going to show you how this Easter nail design is very easy to do. I’ll walk you through it step-by-step with written instructions as well as photos so you can see the process and not just the end result.

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*~* Easter Egg Nail Art Tutorial *~*

Easter Egg Nail Art Tutorial & Step by Step Instructions

What I Used:

  1. Seche Clear Crystal Clear Base Coat
  2. Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
  3. Orly Spark
  4. OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender
  5. Do You Lilac It?
  6. China Glaze For Audrey
  7. OPI Gargantuan Green Grape
  8. L.A. Colors Art Deco Nail Art Lacquer White
  9. Piece of foil
  10. ASP/All Season Professional Nail Art Brush
  11. Daniel Stone Nail Art Tool #5

Step 1: Apply a Base Coat

This is really important to protect your natural nails from getting stained. And if you’re using a colour that unfortunately stained your nails in the past, consider applying two layers of base coat underneath to prevent it from doing it again.

Step 2: Paint Each Egg’s Base Colour

Okay, not everyone has a polish ‘problem’ (hehe, note the quotation marks) like I do. If you don’t have many colours to work with, it’s okay. You can use just two colours and alternate the hue for each nail.

But, if you have a generous palette to work with, I suggest using 5 different colours that you think will look nice together. The more colours you use, the more you can play around with making each egg look different.

Wait about 5-8 minutes before proceeding to the next step. This is just so your base polish has some time to dry a little. (Note: You don’t need it to be completely dry at this point.)

Easter Egg Nails Nail Art Tutorial Step 2

Step 3: Draw the Zig-zag & Horizontal Lines on Each Egg

Now’s the fun part! 🙂

Put a few drops of polish onto your piece of foil, which you’ll be using as a palette. Then, dip your striper brush into it. Take your time to carefully add zig-zag and horizontal lines for each egg.

For my nails, I did zig-zag lines on my thumb, index, and ring fingers, and horizontal lines on my thumb, middle, and pinkie fingers. I also used 2 lines per nail, except for my thumb, which has 3 lines since I had more space to work with.

Feel free to go where your imagination takes you! 🙂 While I’m flattered if you choose to recreate this look, don’t be afraid to experiment outside the box and add both zig-zag and horizontal lines on each nail…or even adding more than 2 lines per nail.

Tip #1:

I used a single nail-art striper brush to create all the lines. I suggest painting on the lines with the lightest-coloured polish first (e.g. yellow), and then work your way to the darker shades (e.g. purple). In between colour changes, just wipe your brush onto a piece of paper towel. This will help minimize any colour bleeding.

Tip #2:

To achieve opacity, you may need to retrace over your lines more than once. Also, to get more-even lines, I found that it’s the easiest to work from the left edge to the middle, and then dip your brush to get more polish before drawing the other side of the line from the right edge to the middle. After that, you add more polish on top to even things out. This technique is way better than trying to draw the complete line (left to right) all in one shot.

Tip #3:

Not everyone has a steady hand. I sure don’t – my hands are movers and shakers. 😉 I’ve found that it helps to firmly plant your painted hand on a table and then rest part of your working hand on the table, too. This will reduce any extra shaking.

Easter Egg Nails Nail Art Tutorial Step 3

Step 4: Add the Dots

Put some polish onto your piece of foil, dip your dotting tool into it, and get dotty! 😉

I liked to add my lines first so that I had a better idea of the spacing for each nail. However, if you wanted to add dots and lines in the same step, that’s up to you.

This is the crucial part: Make sure that you wait about 20 minutes or more to allow all this to dry a bit. The dots and lines will be thick pools of polish, and if you jump the gun and slick on a top coat too soon, you’ll smear your design badly no matter what top coat you use.

I waited 30 minutes to be on the safe side. And then when I put my quick-dry top coat on, I made sure to add it very delicately. You basically want the bead of top coat to touch your nail without pushing the polish brush onto your nail. If you use a light hand, you further minimize the risk of smearing your design.

Easter Egg Nails Nail Art Tutorial Step 4

Step 5: Apply Your Top Coat

Hope you enjoyed this simple little Easter egg nail-art tutorial! 🙂 It’s not hard to do, but you just need to take your time and not rush. Even if you’ve never done any freehand nail art, give it a chance, and you’ll surprise yourself. (You won’t surprise me, though, because I know that you can do it!) 😀

If you do give this a go, or even if you want to share your Easter manicures with me and other readers, please feel free to post it on Swatch And Learn’s Facebook wall! (I love seeing what my readers can come up with – it’s very inspiring!)

Do you celebrate Easter? What spring manicure will you be sporting? What’s your favourite Easter candy? (I love the Cadbury Creme Eggs!)

Edit: Yay! Orly favourited my tweet about this post. I’m extremely flattered! 😀

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36 thoughts on “Nail Art Tutorial: Easter Egg Nails

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Marisa!

      Haha, yeah, he is. But I don’t say it to his nail. One time, I did, and then he made my polish chip. (Yes, he’s very vindictive. Hahaha! :P)

  1. Sophie

    This looks so cute! I love the colours you used.

    I didn’t know you could get Cadbury Creme Eggs in Canada. I thought they were just something we have here in the UK. XD They’re my favourite Easter chocolate too!
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Sophie!

      Oh, if we didn’t have the Cadbury Creme Eggs here, I’d be so sad. I seriously wait all year to get them and overindulge during Easter. The filling is the best!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey karen!

      Actually, it’s funny that you mention that because yesterday I chopped off my long nails, so now they’re extremely short nubs. I just love growing them out and then cutting them all off. (And now I can type faster with shorter nails…haha! That’s always the first thing I notice after trimming my nails.)

      You’ll see my shorter nails a little later on here. Still have some other polishes to show first. 😀

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey beachgal!

      Definitely try your hand at it. Not only is it festive, but you’ll have so much fun decorating your ‘eggs’! It was a very relaxing exercise for me.

  2. Ali

    This tutorial is adorable!! I really want to try this but maybe with one base color.
    and the lil bit abt Tom Thumb being a hot head is adorable 🙂

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Ali!

      Sure, one base colour would still look great. And you can decorate your ‘eggs’ however you see fit. There’s oodles of room for self-expression! 😀 DO IT! DO IT!

      Haha, glad you liked my little bit about Tom Thumb. 😉 I just hope he doesn’t visit my blog, or he’ll be vindictive and make my polish chip like he did before. 😛

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey lulu!

      Same here – lots of happy childhood memories during Easter. My family was always tight on money, but we always had a great family dinner to celebrate Easter.

      Well, you could still have an Easter egg hunt. 😀 Buy some eggs and ‘hide’ them around the house. You’re never too old to have fun. (Just make sure you keep a list of where you’ve hidden all the eggs, or the consequences will be nasty…hahaha!)

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Frosso!

      This manicure was inspired by my sweet tooth. I looked down at my nail shape and thought they could pass for eggs. 😛

        1. Mary Post author

          Mmm…peep bunnies are so yummy. It’s too bad that your design didn’t turn out the way you wanted it to. Even just the idea counts for a lot. You’re so creative!

  3. Barb

    So freaking cute! I have off tomorrow and might try this for my Easter manicure 🙂 I don’t have a striper brush but I’ve got the dotting tools and I might be able to figure how to use one of them to get the line effect.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Barb!

      I’m honoured that you’re even considering trying out this Easter manicure. 🙂 You can make it work with a dotting tool if you use a stippling motion.

      No matter what design you end up creating, I’d love to see it! 😀

  4. Marta

    Oh cuteness overload!
    Your nails look so dressed up for Easter!
    I wish I could recreate this look on my nails or my girls… But we have square surfaces -lol… So we would be like the aisle of reject eggs 😉 lol
    We celebrate by having a lovely family feast and doing an egg hunt for the kids 🙂

    I will be sporting Layla Coral Glam!!!! AND chomping on Cadbury mini eggs.. I bought three GIANT Costco bags. No joke…
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    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Marta!

      Well, a positive for having square eggs is that they’d stack better. 😉 Hahaha!

      Hope you had a yummy family feast. And that Easter egg hunt sounds like so much fun. You know, I think I’ve only been on an Easter egg hunt 3 times in my life. I wouldn’t mind going on one next year.

      THREE bags of those mini eggs? WOWWWWWWWWW – So…when are you gonna invite me over…y’know to…umm…help you…eat those eggs? 😛 I know. It’s a tough job, but somebody’s gotta do it.

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Another Cristina!

      YAY for trying out the nail art, and thanks for sharing the link. I took a look and your nails are definitely super cute! 🙂 Daisy is also all kinds of adorable! 😉

  5. Stacie

    Thank you so much for the easy Easter Nail Inspiration!! I have never tried anything like thhis before, and I was so excited to share my results with you, yet I do not see where I can upload a pic, so I posted on my FB and Instagram. I love my results & I am glad I tried!

    1. Mary Post author

      Hey Stacie!

      You’re very welcome! I’m glad that you liked this really quick and easy Easter design. I had so much fun wearing it, and I’m happy to hear that you tried it out and also loved it! 🙂


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