Nothing is so loved in social media as the emoji. Being an Android user, I didn’t get into using them until I started using Instagram. It seems like no one knows how to comment on a post there without adding emoji to it, so I ended up adding an emoji keyboard to my phone as a result!
The real reason why I did emoji nails was because my 9-year-old student had been begging me for weeks to paint them. She loves following nail art, so she must have seen someone else do this theme before. When I asked her why she didn’t try painting them herself, she said, “Mommy doesn’t let me wear nail polish!” I guess she has to live vicariously through me instead.
My girl really wanted me to do a white background, but I preferred to use blue because it contrasts against yellow really well. Why not go for blue holographic polish then?
Because of the intricacy involved in painting this design, I used blends of different colors of craft smart Acrylic Paint for the emoji faces. It was difficult to choose which faces I wanted to do, but my student insisted that I had to at least include the one with the sunglasses and the one with the hearts for eyes.
In the top left picture, you can see that I painted a yellow circle centered on each nail. Because painting thin lines is hard, I outlined the top half of each circle with a mix of orange and yellow paint (top right picture) and then painted over that with a mix of white and yellow paint to form a highlight, letting part of the darker color show through along the edge (bottom left picture). I formed a gradient by dipping my brush into yellow paint, wiping off the excess, and then dragging the color from the bottom half of the circle into the light yellow section (bottom right picture). I followed up by hand painting all the details of each face.
This design took me a few hours to paint because I go slow and steady. You can cheat and paint your entire nail yellow if you want to escape having to paint a circle and eliminate the shading steps to make this a slightly easier mani to copy, but the details really make the emoji look accurate. I also like having the bragging right of saying that I do NOT have stickers on my nails!
Hope you enjoyed this one! Happy polishing!