Saran Nails on Going Out Chic

I'm excited to announce that over the past month, I've been working hard to come up with a nail design and tutorial for the website GoingOutChic.


 Racking my brain for something I hadn't seen before, but was still spring appropriate, I finally came up with something I'm  really proud of, and can't wait to share with you all!

Check out my feature, Saran Wrap Nails, in the Haute Finds and How-Tos section. I'm excited not only about my work, but to discover such a fun site that shows such awesome trends. 


This manicure, done with Light as Air and Lemon Fizz (China Glaze) is super simple to recreate. All you need is at least two colors and some plastic wrap. You'll get a great, soft marbling effect without the headache of water marbling cleanup. I haven't yet been brave enough to try it, but now I'm not sure I'll need to.

Imagine the color combinations you could use! I chose two soft pastels in honor of spring, but a black and a hot pink would surely be irresistible. Once you add a topcoat (whether that be matte or shine), you'll be amazed at how your nails look.

Want to create this effect yourself? Check out the tutorial below!


I'd love to see your interpretations for this, so please share your links to your designs in the comments of this post!

42 comments :

  1. I made a video tutorial of this a while ago. Check it out here: http://chromacraze.blogspot.com/2012/02/plastic-wrap-saran-nail-art-tutorial.html

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    1. Awesome! I had no idea anything else existed like it. Our tutorials are slightly different, as mine uses the plastic wrap to pull color off the nail rather than put it on, but they both achieve a similar effect. Thanks for sharing!

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    2. I wanted to check out the tutorial on chromacraze but it says i dont have permission to view?!? What am I doing wrong?

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    3. I would love to see the video tutorial but its not avaiable

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  2. This looks wonderful! Going to try this soon! thank you :)

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  3. For some reason I am afraid of water marbling so this is definitely on my things to try list! Thanks for the tutorial!

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    1. You're not alone. I just can't bring myself to undertake something I know is going to be SO difficult to clean off my nails.

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  4. I can't wait to try this technique!

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  5. Awesome idea! I have to try it. Thanks for sharing :)

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  6. This is such a fun technique! I'll certainly be using it to salvage tired and chipped manis.

    You are today's featured tutorial on www.facebook.com/SimpleNailArtTips.

    Keep spreading the Art! ~Ana

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  7. This is so cool I can't wait to try it!!!!

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  8. This is so cool! Simple, but great effect! I will have to try this :) I love the colors you used together!

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  9. Of course, I FINALLY did water marble nails and *then* you post this! ;) I'm definitely going to have to give this a try...water marbling was A LOT of work! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. Love the result! I might just have to try this out

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  11. I only just found your site and I love it! Has actually inspired me to stop biting my nails just so I can try this one out!

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    1. I'm so glad! Stick with it, it doesn't take much will power once you see how lovely your hands can look. I was a pretty terrible nail biter for a really long time. Starting this blog has helped me stop (almost completely), so I hope reading it does the same for you!

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  12. I love this look. What do you use to move the saran wrap around? A toothpick or just your fingers? I would be afaid that it would make it look bumpy?

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    1. Yep, just my fingers. I just hold a little ball of it (not balled up too tightly) and press gently on my nails. The layers are bumpy at first, so you need to put a top coat of some kind on, then everything evens out flawlessly!

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  13. This is a cool idea. I will definitely be giving it a try!

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  14. I loved this idea when you first posted it and I finally got around to giving it a try! I also used Lemon Fizz, but used China Glaze - Sweet Hook as the base instead. I didn't expect it to come out more yellow than lavendar, but maybe next time I'll swap out the colors! I also actually tried a matte top coat at first, but decided it looked too chalky with the yellow so then I changed it back to glossy haha.

    http://inflightradi0.tumblr.com/post/22921346751/the-distressed-look-without-any-goopy-shatter

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  15. I am planning on doing a nail tutorial on salon express stamping and was planning on having a saran wrap nail as my base for stamping. Would you mind if I referenced your blog in my video?

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  16. I saw a tutorial like this on youtube a while back, and I thought it looked good and quick and easy also. SO I tried and it turned out ok. Mine was purple with lime green on the top....sorta reminded me of ghostbusters because the green looked like slime, lol (=

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  17. I did the video tutorial on this and as promised, I linked your blog and on YouTube, as well as added an 'as seen on Nailed It!' in the video. http://frombrainstobeauty.blogspot.com/2012/07/pink-and-melon-saran-wrap-nails-flower.html

    Thanks again! Love your blog!

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  18. I have to try it !
    it is gorgeous !

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    1. I just tried !
      have a look on my blog
      barbilycious.blogspot.com

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  19. Tried this and loved it! I used a white base with purple on top and two accent nails with green on top. It looks great!

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  20. I tried this with purple and gold. It was so easy and it turned out so good! You can see it here: http://sundaymanicures.blogspot.dk/2012/07/notd-saran-nails.html

    (Hope you don't mind the link)
    Thank you so much for the tutorial

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  21. This is great, I'm definitely gonna try it :)

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  22. I've always wanted to try this, but didn't know how it'd turn out and I never really got the chance to try it, but from how yours turned out, I might just try it!

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  23. What an awesome idea! Now I have some funky ideas to try out!

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  24. What a great idea, I love the sponged look but it's messy and lots of clean up...this is amazing. I wish I was have as creative as some of you that can COME UP with these ideas! I can't wait to do this tomorrow!

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  25. you could use saran wrap as an alternative to a makeup sponge in gradients and galaxy nails!

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  26. I tried it! But I added nail polish instead of taking away a layer because I didn't re-read the tutorial from when I originally saw it, oops, lol.
    http://sarahlounails.blogspot.com/2012/11/delicate-print-nails.html

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  27. This is such a great way to make a mani more interesting - and it was quick! I tried it, too, and loved it! http://thedalailamasnails.wordpress.com/2012/11/15/saran-what/

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  28. Your tutorial has been featured here http://xxlukiraxx.deviantart.com/art/Saran-Wrap-Nails-343856943 :3
    Have a nice day, I really like you blog =)

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  29. May I ask,What kind of camera do you use? It looks wonderful haha :)

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