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October 12, 2011
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This one’s actually pretty easy — maybe even easier than the roses, so if that didn’t scare ya off this one shouldn’t either.  All you’re going to need is a small nail art brush (a pointed tip one vs. the slant) and whatever nail polish colors you want to use.  I picked out Mattese Elite Tequila Sunrise (another scented number that I swear just smells like yellow nail polish) and e.l.f. Fire Coral for the flower petals, essence Lime Up! and China Glaze Entourage for the greenery, and essence Just Rock It! (a deep blue number instead of black) for the centers of the flowers.

flower nail polish

I started with a white base coat because I knew the Tequila Sunrise was really thin and couldn’t stand up on its own.  Here’s the thing: if you don’t feel comfortable filling in weird spaces with polish, instead of doing a white background you’re going to want to go ahead and put down a base with your dominant background color (just make sure you pick polishes that will easily be opaque over that color).  But if you’re cool with nudging polish around and embrace the abstracted/impressionistic design of this, go ahead and start with white — your colors will pop more and you’ll end up using a little less polish, which will also keep your final product from being super bumpy.

With your base down, you’re going to go in and start placing your first round of flower petals.  Get a little bit of polish on your brush and start at the outside of what would be a petal, sort of squiggling it around a little bit and then drawing the polish in to what will be the center of the flower.  Remember, there’s no right or wrong here, and nothing has to be perfect!  If you feel like one of the flowers goes completely off the rails you’ve got a few more rounds of polish coming so you can easily go back and cover it up later.  If you’re starting with your lighter color you can also add a few random petals here and there to spread the color around a little.  Don’t be afraid to let the brush tip dance around, you’re not shooting for perfect lines anywhere on this.

nail art tutorial

Step two is repeating the same, but this time with your second color.  Go ahead and overlap some of the flowers too — not only a great way to cover areas you don’t like but will also add some depth to your finished product.

flower nail art tutorial

Next you’re filling in the background.  If you already started with a color base you can skip this, otherwise take whatever color you want to be your main background hue and start filling in all the white areas.

e.l.f. Fire Coral

With your secondary background color (something a shade off from your main color) go in and add some leafy hilights in the background.  Again, if you missed a spot somewhere this is a good opportunity to patch it a little…

Mattese Elite Tequila Sunrise

Finally the blue: use your brush to drop a dot of color in roughly the center of your flower and then pull them into the petal a little bit to add contouring.  Slap a topcoat on that puppy and you’re done!

flower bed nails

essence Lime Up!

6 Responses

  1. Courtney says:

    Love this. I really like the different flowers versus the traditional circle flowers!

  2. Kejal says:

    ohh this certainly looks easier than the roses..will try for sure

  3. Aren says:

    This reminds me of a 70′s kitchen. But in, like, an awesome way.

  4. nail crazy says:

    lovely, looks like the spring is here again :-D

  5. Chelsea says:

    Always such lovely manis!

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