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December 1, 2012
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This one’s only a handful of easy steps, and basically just takes the half moon mani  to a new level.  I started with a two coat base of Deborah Lippmann’s Girls Just Want To Have Fun — it’s DL, do I even need to explain how great this formula is?  The color was so bright and happy too, I had to resist the urge to go full 80s retro and throw some neon all over it, instead taking some inspiration from a tree bowing under the weight of so many ready-to-pick oranges… Step one was creating the shape of the orange wedge, which is basically the same as for the half moon, but slightly bigger/lower on the nail so you get more orange for your buck (I used a cream since it’s closer to a true orange rind color, but I’ve seen a lot of folks just go straight for the white too) — the importance of this is to help create a light colored background for the orange color to be laid on top of it, especially since my orange and yellow paints tend to be more translucent.  You can use nail polish for this too, I just like the control of using acrylic paints.

nail art tutorial

Step two: go in with a detail brush and add a darker colored semicircle around the edge to create the skin for the orange:

orange manicure tutorial

Step three: fill in the meat of the orange, leaving a track around the edge (don’t mind that your textures with this may not be perfectly smooth, the topcoat will take care of it):

painting orange wedge nail art

Step four: returning to the cream/white color, and again using the fine detail brush, start adding the segment lines for the orange, with an eye to also softening the curves around the edge (you don’t want perfectly jagged corners, nature likes soft edges) and a bigger chunk where the lines all meet for the center:

oranges on nails

Step five: I used the tiny brush and some yellow paint to add a few little lines in the meat of the orange for some texture, then sealed it all down with a coat of Seche Vite… and of course went in and cleaned up my edges with an orangewood stick (you can use a q-tip too) and some nail polish remover.  Voila, easy orange wedges!  You can (obviously) switch up the color scheme too to create any kind of citrus yumminess you want.

fruit nails

Deborah Lippmann Girls Just Want To Have Fun

orange nail art

fruit manicure tutorial

17 Responses

  1. Shaina says:

    SO cute! Thanks for the tutorial.

  2. Cher M says:

    You made this super easy to understand and I totally think I can do this!

  3. finnoodles says:

    Not related, but I was browsing through the About Nerd section and I’d never seen the link to the picture of your dogs before – they are TOO cute!

  4. nail crazy says:

    great looking manicure :D

  5. Leslie says:

    Girl, you are so patient and meticulous. Great tutorial!

  6. Emma says:

    Beautiful! The oranges look natural! I also think the color combination was a good choice.

    • admin says:

      Thank you! It’s definitely a lotta orange, but I think they all work together alright… Really should’ve snapped a picture of them in the orange tree though, whoops!

  7. Lena1998 says:

    Tried…failed. I*t’s harder than it looks! I’ll keep trying…

    Also, about that strawberry idea… that sounds cool.

    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know of any more give-aways!

    Love always,
    -Lena x

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