Saturday, 4 August 2012

Nail Art: Tangled - Floating Lights

Happy weekend, everyone! Today, I want to share a special nail art design with you that I'm very proud of.

I am one of the millions of people that watched Tangled and was completely captured by it. The characters are endearing, the animation is gorgeous, and the story gives a fresh twist on the classic Rapunzel story. What more could I ask for? Now, when asked what the most beautiful and iconic scene of that movie is, most people can probably agree: when the lanterns are released from the castle.

Here is my tribute to that most unforgettable scene.

My inspiration

Left to right: OPI "Sparrow Me The Drama", American Apparel "Dynasty", American Apparel "Mount Royal", Sally Hansen "Navy Baby"

 Castle & Boat
Black and white acrylic paint - add a bit of white to the black so it isn't as harsh
Note: acrylic paint is a matter of personal preference. It doesn't dry as fast, so I find it easier to work with at times, but black and white nail polish would work as well

Left to right: China Glaze "Lemon Fizz", American Apparel "Rose Bowl", Nubar "Nubar 2010"
Magic happens here! Use any red orange flakie ( eg. Essie "Shine of the Times", Sally Hansen "Hidden Treasure") to give the lanterns a glow.

You can find my gradient tutorial here

Dab the flakies where your lanterns are to give them a glow. Top coat over everything, and finished!

  • Don't stress about the castle! You just need the general form and it will look like a castle! It'll be covered by some lanterns anyways, so it doesn't need to be anywhere near perfect.
  • Feel free to use the same brush while painting the lanterns. I dotted on the yellow first, and then went right into the pink and white.
  • If you don't paint the castle, just do the lanterns! I did only lanterns for my right hand, and it looks gorgeous!
I really hope you enjoyed this design and tutorial! Please let me know what you think, and if you have any questions, leave me a comment! Have a good one!


  1. ahh!!! These are absolutely amazing!!! I was captivated by that scene too! One of the most unforgettable scene I've ever seen! I remember re-watching it just to watch that scene again, and again and again.. hahahahaha! And you did such an amazing job on recreating the scene on your nails! Love it!!

    1. Ahhhh I know! It was just breathtaking! I also listen to the song a lot hahaa. Thank you so much, I'm happy you like it!

  2. You should trademark this manicure, it is SO PERFECT!! It honestly deserves an I gave you one! ;) I'm serious, go see my blog Vickers!

    1. Wow, totally was not expecting this! Thanks so much Sohni!! :D

  3. Oh my GOSH. I cant believe I didn't know about you until now! This is sooooo amazing, now I need to go read all the other posts I missed hahah

  4. I like that colors! like my blogg.. pink and purple haha
    could we follow each other?


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