April 27, 2016

DIY Nimbus Nail Art

Nimbus Nail Art | CGH Lifestyle

Hey everyone, Jenny here from The Dot Couture! When I first started with nails and nail art, I remember googling techniques that I could do that didn’t seem too overwhelming or require me to have an arsenal of expensive tools, not to mention a spare 10 hours or so.

I stumbled upon something called Nimbus Nails. I believe their origin comes from the blogger The Nailasaurus, but this technique is very popular among nail artists. I decided I would give them a go, and lo and behold, success!!! I’ve done and enjoyed this technique many times, so I’ve created a little tutorial for you guys today.

Supplies Needed:

  • Acetone
  • Cotton Swabs
  • A little dappen dish (for the acetone, but you can also use the cap of the bottle)
  • A palette of some sort (I used a coffee lid)
  • Nail polish (it’s best to use a few shades in the same colour family but they don’t have to be)

Tools for Nimbus Nail Art

How To:

Paint your nails a base of white polish (white polish is pretty much the base of all nail art – it really makes colours pop on the nail). Let dry thoroughly.

Pick your colour palette.

Blue Polishes Nimbus Nail Art

Pour out some acetone into the dish or cap.

Add a few drops of your first colour of nail polish onto your palette. Dip your cotton swab in the acetone until it’s soaked.

Palette demo Nimbus Nail Art

Mix the acetone in with the polish until you get a nice watery kind of consistency.

Dab the cotton swab with the diluted polish directly onto your nail, making random polka dots. I started with the lightest colour here.

Dot Demo Nimbus Nail Art

Allow them to dry and then repeat with each subsequent colour. Make sure you are overlapping the polka dots so you get a sort of blended/ring look.

Your palette will probably look something like this when you’re done!

Palette Aftermath Nimbus Nail Art


Add a quick-dry top coat and you’re done. And here is the finished product!!!

Blue Nimbus Alt

Here it is in another colour family:

Pink Polishes Nimbus Nail Art

Pink Nimbus Nail Art

Beautiful right?

How about some neon nimbus nails!

Neon Nimbus Nail Art

And finally, to show you how beautiful a base nimbus nails can be for other nail art, I stamped over one of the manis.

Nimbus stamped Nail Art

I hope you give this technique a try, I really enjoy it for it’s simplicity (if you haven’t noticed, I’m a keep it simple sort of gal!)

You can find me and my nails on Instagram at @thedotcouture – I hope to see you there! Until next time, happy painting!!!!


  • Eva Nicol

    This is perfect, cute and not so time consuming

  • cortney brown

    Neon ones are cute

  • Alejandra Villarroel


  • MBGrammer

    Seem difficult to do.

  • Bhumi

    So pretty

  • Kenzi Walcer


  • Keyana Toure

    I love this!

  • Abdel Mentalist


  • Julie1989

    They are ALL SO CUTE! I just can’t pick a favourite!!

  • Frinda Boursiani

    So easy and beautiful, I love them all!!!!

  • JackeeRenahe

    So pretty!

  • ST


  • Divya Agrawal

    Super easy!

  • Jillian Stone


  • Jimena Fernandez

    Love this

  • sidra fatima

    Seeing this step by step became easier to understand.
    Thanks you guys!

  • Alicia


  • Heather Zaldivar

    I totally LOVE!

  • cristie hue lam Chung

    love it

  • Wendy Diaz

    I love the neon one!!!!

  • Hannah Brown

    They’re so cool! Excited to try it!

  • Lori

    I love this idea and those colors are nice.

  • Erica

    I can’t wait to try these!

  • Selen Sahin

    So cool

  • hanh nguyen


  • surayar64

    So pretty!

  • Alyssa Cantu

    Most definitely can do this!

  • Leila

    This is so cute!

  • Anna Thulin


  • Emely de los santos

    Cute for summer !!

  • very cute

  • Allison

    super fun esp with the art over lay 🙂

  • Jennie

    That’s neat!

  • Kala Middlebrook


  • kellygatpayat

    I really want to try some of them 🙂 of course it will be the easy one 🙂 haha

  • ㋡Brianna Atkinson㋡

    This is so cute and super easy! I’m totally going to try it out.

  • PAo10

    I LOVE this! Gonna give it a try

  • Emeli Garcia

    I love them all

  • Kosett Burmeister

    I have gotten better at doing my nails so now I can hopefully find time when I can try this!

  • Raquel Cardenas

    I so want to try this!

  • bio

    super cute!

  • Sophia

    Wow, definitly going to give this a try!

  • Kaitlyn Keelson

    Beautiful art! ❤️

  • ❁M❁A❁R❁I❁T❁Z❁A❁

    I really like the last one. Definitely going to give it a try!

  • Devyn Gilmore

    I like this one a lot

  • cheryl

    Love the bright colors mixed

  • Izzy Nguyen

    It’s so pretty!

  • Jasmine

    CUTE !!!!!

  • Wid A


  • Emily Patterson

    These are all so pretty!

  • cristie hue lam Chung

    That’s cool

  • zyanrios

    They look so easy and pretty!

  • Jordan Asher

    Very cool!

  • MsJazziebear

    Omg love this!!!

  • Erica

    These are so cute!

  • Jenna Rose

    Love it!

  • Jay Jay’s Life

    OMG love this!!!

  • Melanie

    That’s a cool technique and it creates a cool outcome!!!

  • Kaye Ilarde

    So nice!

  • Abigail Preston

    those are cute

  • Chinasa Okuma

    this was a really good tutorial

  • sage rawls

    This looks hard

  • Nellie B


  • jemiah

    this is to amazing

  • alyssa goldstrohm

    This is so cool

  • Tan Ming Shiuan


  • AnettK

    Looks amazing, quick and simple designs :3

  • Zoe

    They’re all so cute!

  • Selen Sahin

    So cool

  • Billie-Jo Nunnerley

    i just did this for school, supa cute!!

  • Irsa Amalia

    Looks amazing 😍

  • Anna’s life Online

    there so cool i love them

  • Bayley

    So cute! 🙂

  • Melty Monster

    Cool 🙂

  • Allison

    Nice! I wish I could stop my nails from breaking all the time.

  • Styles by Sami

    wow so cool

  • Paola O (Makeupkpoper)

    Beautiful nails 🙂
    Blue is my fave color ~~

  • Gess

    omg so pretty especially the last two.😍

  • sherri chastain

    thanks for a great article. i love to paint my nails

  • Nisa

    Great for the spring when you can use bright colors.

  • Wynonna Chelsea

    So pretty😍

  • Jillian Stone

    So cute!

  • Emily Love

    How pretty!

  • theClaireP

    Love this! I’m going to try this soon!

  • Maysey Lu

    So cute and simple! I’m definitely going to give that a try!

  • Ashley Neu

    So pretty!

  • Gabi Freitas

    The kind of nail art that I love:easy and beautiful

  • Amelia Charlotte


  • Yasmine

    All of them are cool

  • Lanee Colarossi

    I love the neon ones!

  • Morgan

    I love these!!

  • Chelsea gaudet

    I wish I was that talented

  • Anniella Banana

    Woow looks amazing

  • sophia cavalcante

    so cute!

  • Genivieve wert

    wow they r sooo pretty

  • Annette

    I love cute nail designs.

  • Federica Arosio

    Wow, so cool! I’ll try it|

  • Lillian kofod

    I wish I could do nail art like this!😉

  • Emma Gudmunson

    Super cute!!! Super simple and easy!

  • Blackfish

    so cute!!!

  • Carolyn Sharp

    Love this!

  • Dayle Watkins

    Love this

  • Jade Ambroise

    Can’t wait to try it

  • Emma

    So cute!! I’ll have to try these one day and show my friends!

  • Lauren Nelson

    these are super cute

  • Erika Al

    i love it!
    it looks kinda psychedelic!

  • Alicia Núñez Montaño

    Love this! I will try to do it 🙂

  • Karen Sanchez

    Love this!

  • Bethany Harmon

    Such an easy way to do a little something to your nails, love it!

  • Briana Tone

    So cool!!

  • Melissa Bastidas

    I love this nail design! so chic and cool

  • Di’shanic Holt

    I love diy this one gave me an idea for a party.

  • Eden

    This is so cute! I love the colours that you used!

  • megan

    I don’t do my nails that often as I never know what pattern to do, but after seeing these I can’t wait to try the red/pink nails out.

  • Patricia Martin Salvador

    OMG i do it right NOW so cute thanks

  • Nancy Castro

    I don’t do my nails often, but I think these are so cute!

  • Paris Perez

    So cute!

  • Noha Chaarani

    I think nail art is an absolutely brilliant way to express your inner art and have a blast at the same time! <3

    • Antonella Vicente


  • Elise Hinzmann

    Awesome. Really cute

  • Victoria


  • faye

    This is really cute!

  • Sue

    Those are so pretty!

  • Christine Edwards-Reynolds

    so cool. going to try this later with my daughter

  • VABorn

    I have to show this to my daughter

  • haley☽

    So excited to try!!

  • NeiiDaa Krtgna

    Love it!!!!

  • Lauren


  • Danielle B. Davis

    So cute…

  • Shannon K

    Cute! I wish I was better at nail art

  • Sarah Cratin

    this nail design is so pretty

  • ‘Do Dora’

    Cool ! I love it 💖💅

  • Victoria Rodrigues

    This is so cute

  • Maria Malera

    They are so cute!! Can’t wait to try them on!!

  • noylevi


  • Kimberly O’Connor

    Love it! ❤️

  • Jurika Martinez

    omg i love this so much xD

  • Alexis


    • Hillary Theresa

      Amazing I wish my nails were longer so I could do that but my nails are tiny💕

  • Kenzi Walcer

    So pretty

  • rburdine


  • Amy Torres


  • Miss K

    So so cute! 😍

  • Ashley

    This is so cute I’m co glad it worked

  • Britney Wong

    this is so cute!!

  • Willow

    Omg, it’s so pretty! Can’t wait to try it out. 🙂