• Kerstin Valencia

Ripped Jeans


I tried to make these look like acid-washed ripped jeans. I think they look pretty good and abstract!

Trying to figure out how to achieve this look without drawing it out was more difficult. I tried out a few other techniques before deciding on this one, but I love how they turned out!


For this design, I used a small nail art brush and the following polish:

Silver holo: Color Club “Harp On It”

Light blue: Color Club “Route 66”

Denim blue: Urban Outfitters No Name Blue

And of course, my current favorite quick dry top coat "Marvel Liquid Macro Top Coat" by SuperChic Lacquer.


How To:

This design is very simple and does not require much skill. I am not very good at free handing and that is exactly what I love about this design.

I first painted two coats of Color Club “Route 66.” I allowed it to dry a bit so the colors do not transfer onto the other polish brushes.

Using the denim blue, I used the dry brush technique. This allowed me to get some of the color onto my nail without creating a uniform design. Each nail has different stroke marks similar to the dye in your jeans.

Next, I took the Color Club “Harp On It” and the small nail art brush with very little polish to create the rips. I lightly stroked back and forth with some parts longer than others.

Finally, I applied a layer of quick dry top coat to seal everything in.


Tell me what you think!



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