Spring Nail Art
The end of March has everyone thinking about spring. I’ve been itchy to start painting my nails in pastels and spring-like hues, so I put together a seasonally appropriate flower nail art post for you today.
The tools I used: Illamasqua in Radium – $14 (FYI, I found this on sale at my local Sephora-in-JCPenney, though it’s not on sale online); China Glaze in Liquid Leather – $7.50; Orly in Va Va Voom – $7 (this color is hard to find online but I got it at Sally Beauty Supply); Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Invisible – $2.82; Sally Hansen Diamond Flash Fast Dry Top Coat – $7.59 ($8.99) (another polish that’s hard to find online, but easily found at Walgreens); foil and toothpick; Nail Art Glitter – $6.45; MASH 5 X 2 Way Marbleizing Dotting Tool Pen Set – $3.99 ($7.99).
I painted my nails first in Illamasqua Radium, which is a vibrant yellow-green with a hint of shimmer. It took three medium coats to get to full opacity. After they were dry, I poured a little of Orly Va Va Voom, which is a shocking pink color, onto a small square of foil.
Using my dotting tools, I made a circle of five dots, which are the petals of the flower.
This was the first time for me using Orly Va Va Voom and it dried super quick on the nail, which I love.
Then I took the other side of the dotting tool, dipped it in clear nail polish and applied the dot to the center of the pink flower. Then I dipped my toothpick in the clear polish and used that to pick up a single piece of pink glitter. If you have any old clear polishes that are too thick to wear on your nail as a base or top coat, using them for glitter nail art is a great way to use them up.
I placed the piece of glitter directly in the middle of the petals.
I like a less is more approach to nail art, so for this manicure, I did just two accent nails on each hand–the pinky and the pointer.
I repeated this same process with China Glaze Liquid Leather, which is a black polish. Once I had my four flowers, two on each finger, I wanted to add a little extra bling.
So I took a bit of clear polish and dabbed it on the bottom of the nail, where there wasn’t a flower, and applied pieces of glitter in an arch.
I did the same on the top of the nail so that there was some replication of the pattern. It’s important to place the glitter where you want it, then press firmly in the center of the piece of glitter so that it adheres as well as possible to the wet nail.
For glitter nail art, it’s important to put multiple coats of clear on top. This allows you to even out the surface of the nail–if the glitter is still raised above the nail, it’s much more likely to snag on something and pop off.
Voila! A springtime manicure!