Crackle nails – tutorial

Hey guys so today I’m going to show you how to do crackle nails. My little cousin wanted me to do her nails like this the other day, so I thought I’d do a blog showing you how to do it using my mum as my hand model. 🙂

I’m going to show you how to do a rainbow/peacock style nail crackle.

This is the product I am going to use and show you how to try and achieve the effect above. (the picture above is nails inc official picture, not my own).

what you will need . . .

a base coat nail polish
a crackle nail polish
4 bright coloured polishes
a top coat nail polish

step one

Firstly, as always ensure your nails are clean and free from any oils or polishes and file your nails into shape. Apply a base coat polish to your nails to protect them from the colours you are going to apply on top of them.


step two

Applying the base colours to your nails. I chose 4 bright nail polishes, nails inc; notting hill gate, spring mews, kensington park road and carnaby street.

Using each of the above colours paint your nails with each colour, (see picture below). You can randomly paint your nails with the coloured polishes in any kind of pattern, don’t worry about leaving any spaces or overlapping as it does not matter once you go to apply the crackle nail polish.

The picture below is how you want your nails to turn out, not meaning the patterns I painted but that each nail should have a section of colour of each of the coloured nail polishes you have chosen.


step three

Once your nails have completely dried you want to carefully paint on your crackle polish, being careful not to paint too much on your nails, as they wont crackle or too little as you wont get a good coverage. This may take a little patience and trial and error.

It will take a few moments, but as you nails dry the polish will start to crackle.

step four

Tidying up, don’t worry if you get any polish onto the skin around your nails. You can remove it with a cotton wool bud dipped in nail varnish remover.

Once you have tidied your nails up they should look like this. As you can see it doesn’t matter what your polish looked like underneath as you will only get glimpses of it through the crackles.


step five

Looking at your nails now you may think they look a bit dull and matt looking but this is why you seal them with a top coat of polish, which will also make them pop.


Links to the polishes used in this tutorial . . .
kensington caviar top and base coat (these can be bought separately)
kensington park road
notting hill gate
spring mews
carnarby street also available in a mini bottle
camden crackle top coat



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