One of my favorite things to do is paint my nails! I find it very relaxing and entertaining. I am not very good at waiting for them to dry before starting something else, but I try my best.
I have been having issues growing my nails out. If it hasn't been one thing, it's been another. What you see here has been coming for more than 6 months but I am so happy to have them long and strong again.
I figured, it was high time I painted them for the beautiful Spring season we are immersed in.
Supplies I Used:
- Double Duty Strengthening Base and Top Coat by Sally Hansen
- Nail Polish in the San Francisco color by Sinful Colors (Walgreens)
- Nail Polish Pens in Orange, White, Pink and Yellow by Migi Nail Art
I really LOVE the Double Duty Strengthening Base and Top Coat by Sally Hansen. I have experienced in the past - dry-like, brittle, peeling nails after polish has been removed but with using this clear coat as a base, I NEVER have any issues! And - it helps prevent the staining of the nails from the polish.
On top, it prevents the polish from chipping.
If you don't have polish pens, you could also use a toothpick, round end of a sewing pin or bobby pin, or dotting tools to make the designs in this tutorial, and some regular nail polish in your choice of colors.
* I know when I first started working designs on my nails, I used a toothpick for it all. It is a little difficult but you can still accomplish a lot with time and patience! My recommendation? Splurge a little and get some of these handy polish pens, or order some dotting tools online.
Less than an hour! Depends greatly on your tools at hand.
This tutorial is good for long or short nails. The number of flowers can go down to one each finger, or as many as you can fit.
With a larger dotting tool, your flowers can also vary in size. Mine are fairly small, but a nice, full flower would also look really nice!
First thing, I applied a clear coat to protect my nails.
Then, I pulled out my San Francisco nail polish and applied three coats.
Usually I don't apply that many coats, but this particular color is a little light - I could see the white part of my nail through it so I went with a little extra.
Once the green was dry, I pulled out two of my nail polish pens.
These things are AWESOME! They have a brush on one side, so you could just paint with the color, and a tip on the other side, so you can use it to draw on your nails with. These particular polish pens were bought through a mail in catalog, but they now also sell a similar set at Walmart.
AND! They are refillable! Yes please.
I started off by placing two yellow dots diagonally from each other on my index and ring fingers.
This is where I was going to stop with the embellishments at first, but I then I thought, why not place a central one on my middle finger too? And so I did.
Once those were dry, I began my petals by placing five pink dots evenly spaced around the yellow dots.
I am not a big fan of how the middle finger did turn out. If I did this over, I would add three to the center - one at the center bottom, and two diagonal from it on both sides.
I went ahead and added two orange dots at a diagonal on my index, middle and ring fingers - shown by the white arrows.
And I added orange dots randomly placed on my pinkie finger and thumb.
I finished up by adding white petals to the orange dots on the middle three fingers, and randomly place white dots on my pinkie finger and thumb.
For the petals, I only placed three on each as it was on the corner.
Now, it looks like the pattern is a continuation.
Apply another clear coat to protect your hard work;
And that's it! Really easy, pretty, colorful and fun!
*If you've been inspired to make some Spring Flowers of your own, please share them on my EyeLoveKnots Facebook page!
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