7.14.2015

How To: Orange Creamsicle Nails

What are your favorite summer treats? I have a few, and creamsicles are right up there. I have fond memories of getting them from the ice cream truck. And the orange sunny color makes me think of summer too. Today I'm using that treat as my inspiration for my nails.

You'll Need-
  • clear base coat (to protect natural nail)
  • white polish
  • orange polish
  • cosmetic sponge
  • matte top coat
  • paper plate, toothpick, optional polishes for color match, optional peel off base coat
  • polish remover

You'll Do--
  • After letting the base coat dry, paint nails white. Allow to dry fully.
    • TIP: Try 2 coats
    • Optional TIP, but it makes clean up SO MUCH easier, is to apply a peel-off base coat AROUND the nail. Once you have finished the tutorial, just peel away the dried peel-off polish. It works!! You can use eyelash glue or watered down Elmer's Glue, but I suggest Sally Hansen, as pictured.
  • On the paper plate, dip out some of the orange polish.
    • TIP: If you're crazy dedicated to matching the creamsicle exactly, mix in a little yellow and white. Use a toothpick to mix.
  • Using a cosmetic sponge (you can find these at any drugstore or beauty store) dip the corner into the orange polish. Press onto the top of the nail and lift up. Repeat this dabbing motion to near bottom of the nail. The bottom should be left white. The nail should be darkest at the top and fade towards the bottom.
    • TIP: No one ever mentions this in nail tutorials, but dampening the sponge before dipping into polish really helps.
  • Once dried, apply a matte top coat to closer mimic the matte look of the creamsicle. It helps with the ombe effect as well. If you applied the peel-off around the nails, peel it off.
    • TIP: If you went too far with the orange, simply use another corner and dip into white polish and fix any mistakes.
Repeat for all nails or use as an accent nail. TIP: Do not hold the creamsicle for a picture. They say not to work with children and animals. I'm adding popsicles to this list! ;)

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78 comments:

  1. OMG your nails look exactly like the orange creamsicle. So cute, colorful and Summery.

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  2. Those are so cute! Love it! I've never tried to do anything fun like this to my nails but I think I need to give it a try.

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  3. What a fun nail design, super cute! And now I'm totally craving a creamsicle :)

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  4. so cute! what a great idea.

    http://www.amoderngypsy.blogspot.com

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  5. I love orange creamsicles! Your nails look good enough to eat, Elle:D

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  6. Your nails look super cute! What a fun design to try for summer!

    Jill
    Doused In Pink

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  7. I need to get that peel off base coat - I feel like I could get a salon quality mani at home with that! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  8. How cute Elle!!! These are the best. Glad your oven is fixed!

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  9. You always have the cutest nail tutorials Elle! I tried your sprinkles one on my toes and got so many compliments! (:

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  10. The peel off nail polish, I have never tried and I want to! I simply loooved your nails, so well done and such a nice idea! I liked the orange and white idea, really very very nice! I never had nail art, or that way, two colors, and I am eager to!
    DenisesPlanet.com

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  11. Oh my gosh, how cute are these?! They are so original, too! I can honestly say I have never seen a creamsicle nail design before!

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  12. Wow! Your nails are so unique and cute, what a great manicure!

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  13. I love them!! Creamsicles are definitely a necessary summer treat!

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  14. So so FUN!! What a great idea! I love creamsicles and wanted a new fun nail look and WaLa here is this awesome find! Thanks Elle,, have a wonderful day!! xo

    livingoncloudandreanine.blogsot.com

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  15. Do you know how much I love Dreamsicle? LOVE LOVE LOVE. My mouth is watering now! I love the nails, but don't know if I could pull them off!

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  16. I would have never ever thought to use a sponge on your nails. I'm so intrigued now!

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  17. This is way too cute and perfect for summer!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles
    

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  18. cute idea! i love creamsicles and i havent had one in years! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  19. Look how cute! Loving this fun summer mani, Elle!

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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  20. Oh this is so cute! Love it. What a fun manicure for the summer.

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  21. You nails look perfect for summer! Thanks so much for sharing and have a great week! :)

    http://www.kathrineeldridge.com

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  22. So cute!! ♥ I own this Maybelline shade and it looks amazing!


    With Love,
    Anna || Curly Scribbles

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  23. Super cute and perfect for summer!

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  24. What a fun idea! Mmm, now I want a creamsicle! They were one of my faves to eat at my grandparents' house.

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  25. These are so cute...and now I want a creamsicle! Love the peel-off base coat tip, what a great idea!

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  26. Creamsicles are my favorite!! What a cute idea!

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  27. What a cute idea!! I feel like this is actually something I could do, so thanks for sharing :) Now I'm craving a creamsicle ;)

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  28. So cute! Your nails look just like creamsicles! Great job.

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  29. glad your ove in fix. Your nails are super fun.

    http://www.amysfashionblog.com/blog-home

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  30. This looks like so much fun and so cute to wear. And you definitely remind me of my childhood with the creamsicle. I actually want one right now lol.

    Kia / The House of KTS
    www.houseofkts.com

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  31. You always have the best ideas, lady! This is so cute and fun for summer. Creamsicles were my favorite when I was young!

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  32. Such a cute idea! Now I'm dying for creamsicle, might have to stop by the store on the way home.

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  33. This makes me want a creamsicle real bad!!! What cute and fun summer nails!!!

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  34. Very cool! I love when people are so creative with nail art. This one looks quite simple and cute too. <3
    Evening Entertaining

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  35. What a totally adorable summer mani! You nailed it Elle (sorry couldn't resist the cheesy pun ;p)

    Rowena @ rolala loves

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  36. OMG i want a creamsicle now. YUM. love it. you are so creative Elle!
    good to know about the documentary. i don't think i could watch it because of things in my family but if you have the same thing then maybe i should check it out.

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  37. OMG this is so stinkin' cute! I love creamsicles!

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  38. I really like these nail colours! :)

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  39. These are darling! I have been wanting to watch the Amy Winehouse movie too. Thanks for the review! Susan

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  40. What a fun theme! That's so creative.:)

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  41. Absolutely love this!! I love those orange creamsicles! I haven't had one in years!
    ~Sara

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  42. These turned out so cute! I love this idea!

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  43. Yasss! These are so perfect for summer, Elle! I totally need that Sally Hansen Peel-Off Base Coat in my life!

    xx

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  44. These are beyond cute! And made me want a creamsicle! Yum!

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  45. ADORABLE!!! I dont know if I could tackle that - but you obviously had no troubles creating that fun look! I have used Jamberry nails, but not a huge fan. The stickers peel off way too easily. I think I'll stick to shellac!
    xx, Karen
    Glam Karen

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  46. this is super fun! I usually stray away from orange, but It would look super cute on me if I did it with pink!
    Elle
    Southern Elle Style

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  47. Very pretty for summer! I loved the donut nails you did recently!

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  48. Can I come over every week and have you do my nails. I love this one, it might be my favorite!!! And there is no shame in eating half cooked cookies, I actually prefer them that way, the dough is the best!! Glad your oven is fixed!
    Xoxo,
    Whitney & Blaire
    Peaches In A Pod

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  49. They turned out great! (And now I want a creamsicle haha)
    www.amemoryofus.com

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  50. What an adorable mani! Now I want a creamsicle :)

    -Sharon
    The Tiny Heart

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  51. Such a fun idea for Summer. x

    Renata | Speaking Beauty UK

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  52. Oh my goodness! This is so incredibly cute and perfect for Summer! XO

    Anna
    alilyloveaffair.com

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  53. Those nails are so fun!!!

    xo,
    Angela

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  54. Creamsicles taste like summer! Love your nails :)

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  55. These are so cool and such a great idea! Props to you for being able to do this (haha). If I ever want some design done on my nail, my sister is the go-to girl for that.

    XO,
    Amanda || www.fortheloveofglitter.com

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  56. OMG- what a cute idea! I love it so fun for summer!

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  57. Love this idea, you did an amazing job on your nails…great inspiration, thank you! p.s glad your oven is fixed! ;-)

    xo,
    Brooke | KBStyled

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  58. These nails are adorable! Such a fun look for summer. Great idea!

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  59. I just love the color orange for summer. These are so cute! The fade effect is really good and totally makes your nails look exactly like a creamsicle.

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  60. These are so adorable for summer, and they match that popsicle perfectly! I have so many fond orange creamsicle memories from growing up. :)

    jessica / www.teamwiking.com

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  61. Ok seriously, this is cool. I just started taking Biotin so I had no nails until recently, but once I get the hang of a basic manicure haha I may give this a try! Too cute!

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  62. This is SO cute! I feel like you could add a little more yellow in and make this work for Halloween too!
    xx, Victoria
    memphismadeblog.com

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  63. Can you say "adorable"?! These look identical to the actual creamsicle!! So cute!! <3
    xoxo,
    Amanda | www.TheChambrayBunny.com

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  64. Creamsicles are my favorite! And your nails are so freaking cute! Great post Elle!

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  65. These nails are possibly the cutest thing I have ever seen! Too much cute! And such a unique summer look. There is nothing more that I love on a hot day than an orange creamsicle

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  66. too cute! i never thought to use a sponge...great idea!

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  67. Love them! So perfect for summer!!

    www.Fashionabella.com

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  68. I have never even heard of peel off polish. THANK YOU! I like to do my nails myself so this is great stuff and how DARLING are those nails!?!? What a cute idea!
    xoxo
    Brenda
    À LA PLAGE style

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  69. These are soooo cute! I'm absolutely horrible when it comes to any kind of nail design apart from one plain color but your steps make me confident I could actually attempt this look haha :) I'm a huge fan of orange creamsicles so I'll have to give it a try!

    eightbitbeauty.blogspot.com

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  70. Adorable! Your nails look perfect. Fun idea. I love orange creamsicles!
    Katey
    http://www.twopeasinablog.com

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  71. These nails are just too cute!! So perfect for summer! Your tutorials are always so on point!

    xoxo, Christina

    Fitness & Frills

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  72. These are super cute & I'm loving the popsicle. Looks delicious & would be super helpful for me right now in this Texas heat AND humidity! xx

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  73. Such a fun and fresh idea! I love the color!!

    Sportsanista

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