How to Do Emo Nails

Emo is a slang term used to describe the attitude and fashion of someone fitting into the specific stereotype. Emo is also a style of music typically associated with expressive and melancholy feelings. While emo fashion commonly consists of tight-fitting jeans, studded belts and straightened hair swept to one side, one's nails can also appear emo. Emo nails can be done in a multitude of designs, ranging in complexity. Learn how to add to your emo style with these versatile emo nail design choices.

Things You'll Need

  • Clear nail polish base coat
  • White nail polish
  • Black sharpie marker
  • Hot pink nail polish
  • Red nail polish
  • Black nail polish
  • Painters tape
  • Small-tipped paint brush
  • Clear nail polish top coat
  • Hairspray

Instructions

  1. Checkered Nails

    • 1

      Apply a thin coat of clear nail polish base. This primer will help to keep the nail polish from chipping. Be sure that your nails are free of dirt and oils before applying the base coat for the best results. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for the base coat to completely dry.

    • 2

      Paint an even coat of white nail polish over each nail. Begin at the cuticle and make a single swipe down the center of the nail to the tip. Make another smooth swipe down the right side of the nail, followed by one down the left side. This should completely cover the nail from cuticle to tip in white polish. Wait 10 minutes for the white polish to fully dry. Apply a second coat of white nail polish in the same manner and wait an additional 10 minutes for drying time.

    • 3

      Draw a checkerboard on each individual nail using a black Sharpie marker. On average, each nail should possess a total of 9 checkerboard boxes -- 3 across and 3 down. This can differ depending on the length and width of your nails.

    • 4

      Fill in every other box on the checkerboard with the black Sharpie marker. For example, the first row would include a black box, white box and then a black box. In the next row, the checkerboard pattern would be a white box, black box and then a white box. In the final row, the pattern would be a black box, white box and then a black box. A great tip to help prevent smudging is to give the nails a quick spritz of aerosol hairspray to set the marker.

    • 5

      Apply a clear nail polish top coat over the dried checkerboard nail pattern. Wait a full 10 minutes for the nails to completely dry. Apply a new coat of clear nail polish top coat every two days to protect the checkerboard design and keep your nails from chipping. On average, the nail design should last about 1 week before it will need to be redone.

    Polka Dot Nails

    • 1

      Apply a clear nail polish base coat to your nails. Wait 10 minutes for the nails to completely dry.

    • 2

      Paint the nails with an even coat of hot pink nail polish. Begin with a single swipe down the center of the nail, from cuticle to tip. Make a second single swipe down the right side of the nail, followed by one down the left side. This should leave you with nails that are covered in hot pink nail polish from cuticle to tip. Allow 10 minutes for the layer of pink color to completely dry. Apply a second coat of the hot pink nail polish over each nail.

    • 3

      Create polka dots on the nails using a small-tipped paint brush. Dip the paint brush into the white nail polish and carefully press the tip of the brush against the nail to create small dots. Scatter the dots across the nail to create an average of eight dots per nail.

    • 4

      Cover the nails with a clear top coat after the dots have had time to completely dry. Apply additional layers of clear top coat when needed to prevent the nail design from chipping. The nail will be dry to the touch within 10 minutes. It can take up to 2 hours for the nail color to become hard enough to avoid smudging or nicking the polish. Avoid using your nails for any situation that could cause your nails to become ruined during this time frame, such as opening a can of soda.

    Black-Tipped Nails

    • 1

      Apply a layer of clear nail polish base coat to each individual nail. Allow 10 minutes for the base coat to dry.

    • 2

      Paint the nails with a scarlet red nail polish. Begin by painting a single swipe down the center of the nail, from cuticle to tip. Paint a second swipe of red polish on the right side of the nail, and then down the left. This should result in nails that are covered in the red polish, from cuticle to tip. Ensure that the color goes on smoothly as imperfections are easy to spot when using this color. Allow the first coat of polish to fully dry. Apply a second coat and wait until the red polish is completely dry.

    • 3

      Rip off about a two-inch piece of painters tape. Place the piece of tape, sticky side down, on the nail horizontally. The smooth edge of the tape should be placed about one-third of the way down the nail so just the tip of the nail is visible. Wrap the excess tape around the finger to help keep it in place. The ripped edges should come together on the pad of your finger, opposite of the nail side.

    • 4

      Paint the tip of the nail with black nail polish. This is similar to the classic French nail design but done in emo colors. The painters tape will help create a clean line without getting the paint on the bottom red portion of the nail. If the nails are given the adequate 10 minutes to dry between layers, the painters tape should remove cleanly without interfering with the polish. Allow 10 minutes for the nail tips to dry. Carefully remove the painters tape when dried.

    • 5

      Apply nail polish top coat to protect the nails. Ensure that you provide the full 10 minutes for drying before touching anything with your nails that could potentially ruin the design.

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