Nail design

Do maritime nails yourself or just get inspired

maritime nails in dark blue and white golden accents highlights

In summer the marine look is a real trend again! Also on the nails! If you’re looking for some inspiration for your vacation nails, you’ve come to the right place. We will show you how you can paint beautiful maritime nails yourself. This tutorial may take some time, but the result speaks for itself. And if you want, you can also incorporate small nail art elements such as nail stickers, rhinestones or stamping as a highlight.

Maritime nails: this is how a manicure works at home

Painting maritime nails yourself. Motifs draw ideas

You need the following:

Base coat

Nail polish in white, navy blue and red

Thin nail brush (fineliner)

A small piece of a make-up sponge


Nail polish remover and flat nail brush

Decorative strips for nails

Dotting Tool (or just some toothpicks)

Top nail polish

1. First, paint the nails with the transparent base coat. Now apply 2 coats of colored lacquer. White and navy blue work best for this. Here the ring finger and the little finger are painted in white. The thumb, index finger and middle finger in dark blue.

Make nails yourself maritime anchor painting instructions

2. Use the thin brush and white paint to paint an anchor. It’s not as difficult as it might seem at first glance.

3. Now take the dotting tool (or use a toothpick instead) and paint a little red heart next to the anchor.

4. Take a small piece of sponge with the tweezers and dip it in the white paint (you should pour some nail polish on a piece of foil beforehand). Now dab gently with the sponge along the tip of the nail.

Make your own lifebuoy with a maritime look

5. Use the white nail polish and the thin brush to paint the base circle of a lifebuoy.

6. Take the dotting tool (toothpick) again and make some red accents. It is easier if you make a small dot first and then gradually spread the color.

7. Now it is a good idea to cleanse the skin around the nail. Just take your flat brush, dip it in nail polish remover, and work your finger.

Make maritime nails yourself in a striped look

8. The next two nails, the ring finger and the little finger, are painted in a striped look. Take the adhesive strips with tweezers and place them parallel on the nail surface.

9. Now paint the nail with the red nail polish. While the nail polish is still wet, immediately remove the strips with the tweezers.

10. Repeat the process for sticking the strips on the second nail. Then apply red and blue to create a beautiful two-tone design. The dividing line should lie exactly on one of the decorative strips.

Maritime nails yourself make stripes sailor dress

11. Remove the strips. Use a toothpick or a thin brush to make points. This is how you can hide even small mistakes.

12. Finally, simply apply the topcoat and let it dry. complete!

maritime nails for summer red blue white gold stickers

This manicure is actually very pretty and not too flashy. You can wear it with any type of clothing. The coolest thing about this nail design is that it will blend in with all of the other maritime motifs. Try it out with boats, ropes, seashells, etc. The overall picture still remains beautiful!

Summer nails with a maritime stripe look in red, white and blue

Incidentally, nail stickers are a great way to conjure up nautical motifs on your nails! Without painting! These self-adhesive nail stickers are very easy to use and can be easily removed with nail polish remover. Stick the desired motif on dry nail polish or over cured gel / shellac and seal everything with a top coat for a longer lasting look.

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