How to make the airbrush nail art trend at home



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  • Airbrush nail art was popular in the ’80s and’ 90s, but has recently made a comeback.
  • The manicure has a spray paint effect that looks like graffiti or ombre.
  • A manicurist shared the step-by-step process for recreating the trend at home.

Everything old is new again: nail tweezers, French manicure, lip gloss, Farrah Fawcett level volume, and most recently airbrushed nail art. For strangers, airbrush nails are done using a spray paint effect to make it look similar to graffiti or ombre. Since its heyday in the ’80s and’ 90s, airbrush manicures have fallen into disuse for a little while, but they are now making a major comeback in 2021.

Overall, nails have experienced the most exciting revival over the past few years with new trends seemingly appearing every week. It’s hard to open Instagram without seeing an intricate design or extra-long tips on your screen, and celebrities like Megan Thee Stallion, Billie Eilish, Lizzo, and Jennifer Lopez are certainly helping things with their abundant manicure inspiration.

Out of all the recent nail design trends to find their way into the mainstream, airbrush nail art is something most people can do at home with the right tools. If you want to replicate the professional airbrush manicure process, you’ll need an airbrush gun from Amazon, like the Ebest Multi-Purpose Airbrush Nail Art System ($ 44), but you can mimic a similar effect with a makeup sponge (more on that later).

To find out how to get the look at home, we turned to Hannah Lee, manicurist and brand ambassador Sally Hansen. Keep scrolling for the step by step.



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