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How to Create Acid Wash Denim-Inspired Nails

By Margaret Fisher / September 16, 2014

Fashion trends past often make for the best manicures. For example, while I've long since given up my desire for Christian Lacroix ombré tights, I'll never let go of my passion for ombré manicures. And while I won't offer my opinion on whether acid wash denim should stay in the ‘80s, I can certainly attest to the fact that it makes the ultimate nail art inspiration. 
If having vintage denim at your fingertips has piqued your interest, it happens to be one of the most foolproof designs out there. No bleach or old jeans required. 
Begin by painting your nails with two coats of a navy blue polish; I used China Glaze's First Mate. Then add one coat of white polish, I chose Sally Hansen Hard As Nails in Hard to Get. Now, let everything dry completely. This is one of those important but boring steps. 
When your nails are dry, take a Q-tip dipped in nail polish remover and rub it against random spots on your nails to remove some of the white. Be careful not to go over the same spots too many times or you risk removing the blue polish, too. When you've found a streaky blue-white balance that you're happy with, your acid wash nails are complete. 
If you'd like to take your manicure to the next level and amp up the trendiness (and why wouldn't you?), add a few studs before brushing on a final layer of top coat. 
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