DIY Watermelon Manicure

Permanent summer on your hands.

Summertime makes me want to try more fruit-inspired manicures. And what could be more perfect than WATERMELON NAILS? Quite nice for all those beach days and picnics IMHO.

This manicure is a lot easier than I thought it would be. In fact, I started out doing it as a tape manicure, like my Weetzie one, but ended up going free-hand! WACHOW SOMEBODY’S GETTING BALLSY OVER HERE.

Grab your polishes and let’s get started!

You’ll need:

  • Your favorite red or pink nail polish. I used Milani’s High Speed Fast Dry Nail Lacquer in Rapid Cherry.
  • Two green shades, one lighter than the other. I used Essie’s Mojito Madness for the darker shade and Santee’s Vikini Green for the lighter one.
  • A striping brush specifically made for nail art—use it with black polish, or get a little jar of polish that comes with its own nail art brush, like Milani’s Nail Art Precison Brush (I used Black Sketch).
  • An angled nail-art brush.
  • A clear topcoat. I used Seche Vite.

How to do it:

1. Paint your nails red. OR PINK! Either will look adorable.

2. Using your darker shade of green, paint the rind. At first I tried blocking the rest of my nail off with Scotch tape to create a line, but thought it looked TOO straight. I wanted the rind to go with the curve of my nail, so I ended up freehandin’ and used the nail polish brush. NOT BAD AT ALL MY BEWZ.

3. Now, let’s add the seeds! The Milani Nail Art brush was perfect for this. All I did was lightly dab my nail to make tiny black seed-like spots.

4. Dip your angled brush into your lighter green shade, and draw little stripes on top of the dark green stripe. This adds another dimension to your rind, making it look even cooler!

5. Top it all off with your clear coat and there you have it, WATERMELON NAILS! (Please don’t eat them though.) ♦


  • Flower August 21st, 2012 3:03 PM

    These are SO PERFECT and I wish I could do them but I always end up smudging nail polish and trying to wipe it off and getting it everywhere but, um maybe I’ll do these really carefully.

  • Mimi August 21st, 2012 3:08 PM

    This is super cute!! I’m going to try it this week.

  • Susann August 21st, 2012 3:13 PM

    Aww, that looks so cute!

    Fashion in Pepperland

  • Florence August 21st, 2012 3:16 PM

    Oh my god these are literally amazing. Rookie you make me want to spend all my money on nail polish.

  • Tavi August 21st, 2012 3:16 PM


  • streaked lights August 21st, 2012 3:18 PM

    AHHH! This is adorable! I’m useless at applying nail polish though (it ends up everywhere except for on the nails), so I’ll have to get my sister to do it. AND I have an excuse to go get green nail polish now.

  • Libby August 21st, 2012 3:28 PM

    SO CUTE.
    I don’t have any green nail polish though (sadness) so I might try mixing my yellow and blue together. Does that even work?
    Anyway, this needs to happen.

  • Jessica W August 21st, 2012 3:40 PM

    I went through a phase of being obsessed with Watermelons. This was back in the days of Bebo…
    My Bebo skin was watermelons.
    My Bebo display picture was watermelons.
    I had an album dedicated to watermelons even.
    I moved on to bananas (even changing my dp to a picture of a pile of bananas in Rome), but it wasn’t quite the same.

    This is beautiful and perfect and I must do it :”)

    The Lovelorn

  • Bren August 21st, 2012 3:55 PM

    Oh, these are adorable!

  • Taylor WM August 21st, 2012 4:07 PM

    These are literally the CUTEST nails I have ever seen… :)

  • clairee August 21st, 2012 4:10 PM

    This is absolutely adorable, but I have a question for you people who are always doing your nails – HOW do you get the polish to look so nice? I always try to paint my nails, get frustrated and impatient, smudge it by accident or something ridiculous, get ocd about the smudge or fingerprints in the polish, break out the nail polish remover to redo the entire nail, get nail polish remover on other perfect nails, mess up other nails while trying to redo nail polish, then get so frustrated I just remove all the nail polish from all my nails and stop trying, annoyed that I wasted hours and hours.

    Reading this makes me wish I could do my nails without being a spaz.

  • larvaa_ August 21st, 2012 4:11 PM

    This is super duper cute Marie omggg

  • jenaimarley August 21st, 2012 5:11 PM

    I got a manicure like this while I was in China! Now I can do it by myself and repaint all the summer memories :)

  • sherbert August 21st, 2012 5:31 PM

    LOVE this! i just have a thing for fruit nails

  • Camillekit August 21st, 2012 5:32 PM

    This is so cute!! I’ll def be doing it soon. Actually, on Rachel Antonoff’s instagram, she posted a picture of cute watermelon nails almost exactly like this! I’ve been wanting to do it ever since. Only thing is, where can I find a nail brush? Local drugstore or?

  • A girl called Alex August 21st, 2012 5:33 PM

    They are so sweet I can practically taste the summer!

  • TessaTheTeenageWitch August 21st, 2012 5:43 PM

    These are so beond adorable. Marie you are a godess.

  • Bea August 21st, 2012 6:14 PM

    I tried this with pink and bright green because my collection of nail polish is incredibly limited. Oh, and black pen instead of black nail polish. But I love eeeet!

  • Naomi Morris August 21st, 2012 6:35 PM


  • Pearl August 21st, 2012 6:49 PM

    This is so amazing! I could just smell watermelon (the best smell in the world!) when I saw the picture. I may just try my hand at a Stella McCartney inspired one, with cut oranges. *salivating*

  • pinnedtothepage August 21st, 2012 8:10 PM

    marie, thanks for making me laugh despite my breakup blues :)

  • ivoire August 22nd, 2012 8:44 AM

    ohhhh this is just adorable! cant wait to try it <3

  • Elinnn August 22nd, 2012 8:46 AM

    Looks really cute! Have to try this! :)

  • Dino August 22nd, 2012 12:19 PM

    Holy crow! I’m currently watching a video
    of Tavi’s AHMAHZING speech on strong female characters at a TEDxTeen event.
    WOW! WOW! I’m speechless.


    Thank you everybody at Rookie for EVERYTHING! You made me realise and understand and question so much.
    I’m a feminist because of you guys.
    I wish I could give you all a HUGE hug.

    Plus this is super cute!

  • Sooophie August 22nd, 2012 4:28 PM

    Aaaaah ! Cute!!!!

  • boyfights August 24th, 2012 12:00 PM

    Struggling to think of a word other than ‘cute’ but to zero avail. So keen to try this.

  • boyfights August 24th, 2012 12:01 PM

    Also, way to work the background into the tutorial!

  • deesonarnibal September 3rd, 2012 1:57 AM

    Thanks for the tips! I’d love if you’ll provide more detailed images on your next post like colorful nail polish, etc. That would be more amazing!
    Anyway, found this site a while ago. Maybe this should help, too: black toenail treatment

  • CC-and-FG September 18th, 2012 9:10 PM

    This is amazing and can I just say I LOVE the watermelon background/paper thing? WHAT IS IT?

  • Bexy October 22nd, 2012 8:58 AM

    OMG this nail is totally fresh! I should try it someday.. maybe next summer? :)