Monday, March 17, 2014

BEAUTY: Spring Flowers Nail Art Tutorial

I know it isn't quite spring yet calendar-wise, and it feels even more distant weather-wise (thanks for that 19 degree morning, winter!), but I can't resist a theme project when one presents itself, which, coincidentally, is also why we're having Sweet Potato Irish Nachos and Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies for dinner and dessert tonight in honor of St. Patrick's Day, despite lacking even an iota of Irish heritage. I will seriously use food coloring in the name of ANY holiday. In a burst of warm weather inspiration I felt like I absolutely needed a flower-centric manicure immediately. I thought maybe if I kept flowers on my hands it would stop snowing for no reason out of nowhere all the time, but I was wrong. 

If you know what I'm talking about, console yourself with this springy nail sitch:

What You Need
Sky Blue Nail Polish {Wet n Wild I Need a Refresh-Mint}
Purple Nail Polish {Wet n Wild On a Trip}
White Nail Polish {Wet n Wild White}
Pink Nail Polish {Sally Hansen Coral Reef}
Yellow Nail Polish {Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow}
Green Nail Polish {Sally Hansen Going Green}
Top Coat {Seche Vite}
Dotting Tools & Paper Reinforcement Stickers

How To Do It
Start with 1-2 coats of the sky blue polish on all nails, except your ring fingers, which should have 1-2 coats of yellow polish.

Use the round tip of a dotting tool to create flower petal shapes on the top half of all the blue nails. These don't have to be perfect (hey, all flowers are different!) and it's easy to draw them by just making tiny dots in a star-shaped cluster.

Use a dotting tool to create a yellow center in all of the flowers. I find it helpful to put a glob of nail polish on a paper plate or paper towel and dip the dotting tool directly into it.

Use a dotting tool to draw straight lines with the green polish from the flowers to the edge of your nail.

Next, paint a green tip on the edge of your blue nails. I used a dotting tool to drag some polish up to make some uneven grass-like realness. 

Okay, we're finally coming back to that poor, lonely ring finger. First, put a paper reinforcement sticker over the top half of your nail [A]. It helps to stick it to skin first to remove some of the stickiness. Paint the bottom half of the nail sky blue [B]. Remove the sticker [C]. Use a tool to paint yellow stripes coming from the yellow semi-circle [D]. Now you have a sun with bright and friendly rays!

Top the whole thang off with a GOOD top coat to seal it all in and keep it glossy. I recommend Seche Vite for nail art because it doesn't drag the colors or muddy up designs, plus it dries in literally less time than it takes to peel an orange or brush your hair. Or more time, if you are extremely talented at either of those tasks. I'm not.



Are you into seasonal nail art? Is it already spring-like where you live? Do you know that makes everyone else furious with you?!


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14 comments:

  1. Aww, this is so cute!! I really like the sun nail! So so adorable!!

    xo Deborah
    Coffee, Prose, and Pretty Clothes

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    1. Thank you! I was thinking of doing an all-sun manicure too so we'll see...xo

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  2. Wow! Your St. Patties plans sound amazing. The nails are so pretty too. How do you paint left-handed though? How do you get your right hand to match your left hand?

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    1. I can confirm that my food plans were delicious. I paint left-handed pretty well from years of practice - I've been doing weird stuff on my nails since I was like seven. If you take it step by step it makes it much, much easier. I would recommend tons of practice, and start with simpler designs like polka dots. You can always clean up any weird bits with a q-tip and nail polish remover. Or, if you really can't stand doing the non-dominant hand thing, you could just do nail art with your dominant hand and paint the other hand a coordinating color! xo

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  3. Very cute! It's still cold here, so... boo. But I think you've inspired me to pick up some sky-blue nail polish, and that must count for something?

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    1. Thanks! Yeah, today is FINALLY a little bit warmer here. Definitely get some sky blue polish! Instant warm weather feelings. I actually love this WnW one (I know you're a WnW fan too!) and I totally recommend it. Great color, great quality and one of those larger 'salon' style brushes. xo

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  4. You are literally killing me with cuteness! I think that mine would be a lot shakier looking but might still try this, at least the sunny nail :) You inspired me to pick up some sky blue nail polish as well. It's getting springy here at a fast rate.
    xo

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    1. Killed by cuteness is probably the best way to go, so you are very welcome! The sunny nail is pretty simple and I know you could do it, and maybe I can do some flower biznass for you when I see you next! xo

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  5. I love spring!!
    My first favorite season is autumn though.<3
    These nail designs are super cute.

    vegcourtesy.blogspot.com

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    1. Autumn is my favorite season, too! And thanks! xo

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  6. way too adorable! gosh, i wish i had the talent and patience for this kind of nail art!

    Animated Confessions

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    1. Thanks! I promise it really just takes (lots of) practice! xo

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  7. So cute, you can really feel the spring-vibes! I especially love your how-to on the sun nail. What a clever idea!!!

    Much Love,
    -Stephanie Eva
    www.stephanieheva.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! I live for finding new ways to use paper reinforcement stickers in nail art, haha! xo

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