Let's start by saying that I'm by no means a nail art expert. In fact, this is my second nail art attempt (see here my first nail art). But it turned out pretty nice and I learned some from it, so I decided to share!
Let's run through the tutorial. Important - proceed with each step only after the polish you painted in the previous one is completely dry!
1. Paint your nails red. I used an ancient bottle of Catrice polish I bough ages ago and it's still uh-mazing! One layer was more than enough and it dried in a blink of an eye.
2. Use french manicure stickers (I got mine at Action together with french manicure set, which except of the stickers was meh) or cut out your own stickers (I didn't try that one myself) and stick them to your nails leaving a line as thin as you want your watermelon rind to be.
3. Color the tips with green nail polish. I used the only green polish I have (Essense "All Access") and it turned out to be too dark. But then again, my watermelon looks kind of diabolish, which is not bad at all, MWAHAHA!
4. Carefully remove the stickers. Wait till the green polish dries before doing so.
Lesson learned №1: wait till the polish is completely dry before removing the stickers. Mine was a bit wet and I had to correct the lines.
Lesson learned №2: you can correct the lines with some thin hard tool - I used the paper base of my french mani stickers. It's just a thin but yet pretty hard piece of paper, with which I could carefully "move" the not-yet-dry-enough green lines to fix them.
5. Paint the seeds. You can go wild here and paint them all over the red part of the nails, or all over an accent nail or do as I did and go with 3 seeds per nail. I did it with nail art polish with a very long and thin brush and it was nightmare. Despite the fact that I have years of art school behind my back AND the fact that I practiced on a piece of paper, my hands were shaking and I had to correct each "seed" with the correction tool mentioned above (aka stickers base paper). I need to buy better tools!
6. Paint your nails with topcoat (mine was Rimmel 5 in 1). Clean up around the nails and cuticles with a brush dipped in nail polish remover. Don't forget to oil the cuticles, as they get dry because of acetone in your nail polish remover.
Looking back, I should have added a white line to separate the green "rind" from the red "flesh", but even without it I love how it turned out. Below is a photo of my both hands, so you see I didn't cheat and painted only my "swatch hand" so to say. Naturally, the right hand looks like a mess (I wish I was ambidextrous!), but what the heck, practice makes perfect! Also, never mind my poor little ring finger, which got injured when I was 5 and I cannot grow the nail past the finger tip anymore. Ah well, short nails don't care!