Ikat nails

This months theme for Cyw’s “Mottomonat” is “Fabrics”, and I took this as opportunity to finally try Ikat nails:


I started with two coats of “urban jungle” as base, and then used “maximilian strasse her” and again “urban jungle” to paint the basic pattern.

In my first tries, I wasn’t too happy with the black outlines. No matter how small the brush or how opaque the black polish, the lines always looked kind of washed-out and faded, and quite messy as well. But then I remembered seeing people using permanent markers for nail art, and thought this might be worth a try.

It worked out really well, I think, though I might use one with an even smaller tip next time. I was a bit scared of smearing, especially on the light base color, but I used a coat of Seche Vite for protection and it worked its usual magic. 🙂

To complete the look, I finished with one coat of “Matte About You”.


So this pretty much turned out the way I had in mind, but I am still not sure about the look in general. I wasn’t a huge fan during the big Ikat hype, and seeing it on my own nails didn’t really change that. But at least I can check off another item on my “nail art looks to try” list. 😀

Base coat: p2 hands & nails calcium gel
Base color: essie Haute in the Heat 319 urban jungle (two coats)
Ikat pattern: essie 252 maximilian strasse her, essie Haute in the Heat 319 urban jungle, black permanent marker
Top coat: Seche Vite
Matte top coat: essie Matte About You

6 thoughts on “Ikat nails

  1. Ich war mir bei dem Muster auch nie ganz sicher, ob ich es mag oder nicht, aber ich finde deine Umsetzung mit dem Stift echt cool! Das muss ich auch mal ausprobieren 🙂
    Liebe Grüße

    • Danke Nina – das mit dem Stift hat auch echt super funktioniert. Ich hatte zwischendrin mal mein Glück mit diesen French Manicure Pens von RdeL Young versucht, aber die haben ja so null getaugt. Ich seh mich schon in Zukunft ganz viele Eddings kaufen. 😀

  2. Was für eine großartige Idee! Nicht nur das Muster – das kannte ich so noch gar nicht, oups! -, sondern vor allem der Edding! Wie geil ist das denn bitte?? Kein Wunder, dass die Striche so perfekt geworden sind.. ich war schon wieder neidisch, weil alle mit Nail Art Pinseln besser umgehen können als ich 😀

    Echt cool!!

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