Unicorn Nail Art

Unicorn Nail Art

Here at ORLY UK we’ve been obsessed with all things unicorn since they exploded into fashion, so we definitely aren’t going to ignore unicorn nail art in our favourite Halloween nail designs! This unicorn nail art design is for the more experienced nail lovers and we’d recommend using ORLY GelFX and ORLY GelFX Builder In A Bottle to create a magical 3D unicorn horn design, if you decide to use ORLY nail lacquer you can still create a fade horn really easily!

Nail being painted with ORLY GelFX White Tips

Step 1.


Prep the nails and extend them using ORLY GelFX Builder In A Bottle (if you choose not to extend the nails, prep and apply ORLY GelFX Vitamin Infused Base Coat)


Paint the index finger nail with two coats of ORLY GelFX White Tips


Step 2.


Dip a thin detail brush into ORLY GelFX Liquid Vinyl and draw two open triangles for your unicorn's ears and flash cure under the ORLY LED Smart Lamp (this isn't applicable if you're using nail lacquer)


Unicorn nail art detail being painted onto a nail using ORLY GelFX Liquid Vinyl
Unicorn nail art detail being painted onto a nail using ORLY GelFX Liquid Vinyl

Step 3.


Using your thin brush and Liquid Vinyl, draw two curved lines to make the unicorn's eyes. Flash cure to prevent the gel polish from moving


Step 4.


Add tiny eyelashes using your thin detailing brush and ORLY Liquid Vinyl, remember to flash cure if you're using GelfX!


Unicorn nail art detail being painted onto a nail using ORLY GelFX Liquid Vinyl
Unicorn nail art detail being painted onto a nail using ORLY GelFX Lift The Veil

Step 5.


Dip your brush into ORLY GelFX Lift The Veil and fill in the ears, flash curing between coats.


Step 6.


Use a small dotting tool and add random dots over your unicorn's eyes to make a cute flower crown. We used ORLY GelFX Gumdrop, ORLY GelFX Lift The Veil and ORLY GelFX Scenic Route


Unicorn nail art detail being painted onto a nail using ORLY GelFX Gumdrop, Lift The Veil and Scenic Route
Unicorn nail art detail being painted onto a nail using ORLY GelFX Rage gel polish

Step 7.


Finish your unicorn nail art with a detail brush dipped in ORLY GelFX Rage. Draw a small tapered line in between the ears for a glitzy finish


Step 8.


For your 3D unicorn horn, start by applying a diagonal third of ORLY GelFX Gumdrop


Unicorn nail art detail being painted onto a nail using ORLY GelFX Gumdrop
Unicorn nail art detail being sponged onto a nail to create a unicorn ombre nail design

Step 9.


Gently sponge the colour down to create a fade. Flash cure.


Top tip: You can use any sponge to create your fade, we'd recommend using a makeup sponge


Step 10.


Repeat with ORLY GelFX Scenic Route, remember to sponge the colour down and flash cure in between coats


Unicorn nail art detail being sponged onto a nail to create a unicorn ombre nail design
Unicorn nail art detail being painted onto a nail using ORLY GelFX Lift The Veil

Step 11.


Finish your fade with ORLY GelFX Lift The Veil


Step 12.


Apply ORLY GelFX Topcoat to your fade and cure


ORLY GelFX Topcoat being painted onto a nail
3D Unicorn nail art detailing being added to a nail using ORLY GelFX Builder In A Bottle

Step 13.


To create a 3D unicorn horn, apply a 'sausage' of ORLY GelFX Builder In A Bottle (you might find it easier to use a thin detailing brush to pick up the product and apply to the nail) and freeze cure. Repeat, leaving tiny gaps between and making sure to flash cure each 'sausage'


Step 14.


Glitz up your magical unicorn nail art by painting the thumb, middle and pinky finger with two coats of ORLY GelFX Feel The Funk 


Finish with a coat of ORLY GelFX Topcoat




Unicorn nail art using ORLY GelFX gel polish

Tag us in your spooktacular Halloween nail art @ORLYnailsUK

Tag us in your spooktacular Halloween nail art @ORLYnailsUK