Rockabilly Nails

A couple of weeks ago it was my friend’s birthday and it was Rockabilly themed. Of course to match my rockin’ 1950’s attire I thought I’d complete the look by donning some Rockabilly looking nails and it was so cute I thought I’d show you guys how I did it, so let’s get started on this tutorial.


What you’ll need/what I used: L-R: Cocktail sticks, Ciate mini 063 Mistress red nail varnish, Collection 2000 63 Shadow chocolate brown nail varnish, Barry M 318 Peach Melba nail varnish, NYC 298 High Line green nail varnish, Barry M 304 mint green nail varnish, Nails inc. 280 Jermyn Street light brown/beige nail varnish, Barry M basecoat/topcoat, Sally Hansen Insta-dry top coat, gold, white, blue, red, black nail art pens and dotting tools.

Step one: Paint your nails one thin coat of basecoat to protect the natural nails and to prevent staining.


Step two: Starting with the thumb paint two coats of peach nail, then paint two coats of white on your index finger, followed by painting two coats of mint green on your middle finger,  then paint two coats of light brown nail varnish on your ring finger, and finally paint two coats of red nail varnish on the pinky finger.


When finished you’ll eventually end up with a rainbow coloured hand like, so.


Step three: Once all nails have dried, start with the thumb that will be your tattooed heart nail. Take your red nail art pen or toothpicks draw out a heart shape in the middle of the nail and fill it in. After the red heart has dried, take a toothpick and dip it into some light brown varnish and slowly stipple a stretched out sideways ‘S’ shape to form a banner on the heart.


Step four: Once everything has dried. Take your black nail art pen and outline the heart and the banner. Once everything’s outlined, fill in the banner with the letters ‘LOVE’ or you can just fill in whatever you please.

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Step five: Now onto the index finger, this nail will be a sailor design. So, to start with take your blue nail art pen and draw horizontal stripes along the nail. Then fill in to make the stripes thicker. (I know mine are messy, but it’s fine if they’re not perfect!)


Step six: After the stripes have completely dried take your gold nail art pen or toothpick and draw in your anchor over the stripes. To draw the anchor first draw a circle near the top of the nail and from the bottom of the circle draw a straight line downwards. Then draw a long curved line and finally finnish the anchor off with some hooks on either end.


Step seven: Then taking your black nail art pen or toothpicks slowly outline the anchor. Don’t forget to outline the inside of the circle too!


Step eight: Moving onto the cherries middle finger. Start by taking your red nail art pen, toothpicks or dotting tools and paint small dots all over the nail. Once all the dots have dried take a toothpick and dip it into some green nail varnish and draw small upside ‘V’s to connect one dot to another creating small cherries. Once that’s all dried finally outline all the cherries with a black nail art pen or toothpicks and to finish off dot a small white dot on the top of the cherry to give them a shine.


Step nine: Now, personally I HATE leopard print, but for the sake of these Rockabilly nails the ring finger will a leopard print design. Take a brown colour than the base and paint on random splotches of darker brown, but varying in size and shape. Once that’s all dried take your trusty black nail art pen or toothpick and outline the leopard spots, but make sure to not completely outline and leave open gaps. Then add some extra black spots and that’s the leopard print nails done.

Rockabilly8 Step ten: Finally onto the last rockabilly nail and it’s just a simple red and white polka dot design. So take your white nail art pen, toothpick or dotting tool and simply dot white polka dots all across the nail.


Step eleven: Once all the nails have completely dried paint on a topcoat to protect your designs and prevent them from chipping.


And that’s it! You now have rockin’ and rollin’ 1950’s Rockabilly nails.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and of course my tattoos are 100% real.


And for all you folks who were wondering how I styled myself with these nails here’s my rockabilly outfit.



13 thoughts on “Rockabilly Nails

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