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Manicure Monday: Sweet Floral

Happy Manicure Monday! After a great holiday weekend, I’m feeling flirty and floral today.  I decided to try to take the difficulty level of my manis up a notch this week – but don’t worry, they’re still totally DIYable.  Just like my leopard print manicure, the best part about this nail art is that it doesn’t have to be perfect.  Flowers come in all shapes and sizes.  If you have a floral patterned dress in your closet, take a look at it.  Is every flower on it perfectly drawn? If you get really close to it, does it even still look like a flower?  Probably not.  Most floral patterns take an abstract form.  They look best when you’re not right up close to them.  All of this is good news for you if you’re not handy with a tiny paint brush!  Read on to see how to get this floral pattern yourself.  After this tutorial, your nails just might look like a work of art.

As always, begin with your favorite base coat, which for me is (and has been for the past few manis) Seche Natural for me.  For your base color, you want to choose a fairly neutral color because you want the flowers to stand out against the base of your nail.  I used OPI’s Swedish Nude.  Normally for a base color, I only do two coats of polish.  This shade is particularly thin, so I had to do three coats.  If that’s the case for you, be sure to keep each coat thin.  Several thin coats will dry better than one thick, gloppy coat.  Let your base dry somewhat before moving on with your design.

To create the design, you’ll need a few tools, but nothing totally out of reach.  I used two very thin watercolor paint brushes I had lying around the house, pictured to the right, one slightly larger than the other.  They’re probably from the dollar store, to be honest, so no need to run to a craft store and break the bank.  Use the thinner one for the stems and the thicker one for the flowers.  As for the colors, you’ll need a green (I used China Glaze’s Holly-Day) for the stems, and any color you’d like for the flowers (I used OPI’s Pink Friday). You could even make flowers of different colors, but just be sure to clean your brush between changing colors.

Begin by creating the stems.  Dip the tip of the thinner brush into your green polish.  Remember that this is abstract and they don’t have to be perfectly straight lines.  I actually found that the way the polish comes off the watercolor brush creates a cool shading effect, making my stems look almost real.  I had the stems “growing out” of both the tips and bases of my nails, but you can change it up!  Be sure to create different lengths and different patterns on each nail.  To be honest, if this is difficult, stop trying to make stems and just make green splotches.  In the end, it will still come out cool.  I know it will because I did this when I had to use my left hand.

Now it’s time for the flowers!  Use the slightly thicker (but still thin) brush in the color polish of your choice.  Make several irregular dots around the stems to create the flowers.  You can add as many or as few as you’d like, but I found that the more you add, the better the design comes out.  Think about it – if you make one abstract stem/flower combo, it might just look like a green and pink splotch on your nail.  If you add more, that’s when it’ll start to look like a bed of flowers.

To finish off the look, I used Kiss Nail Art Paint in Black to add tiny little black dots to the center of my flowers.  This really brings the flowers to life and completes the look.  Wait a minute or so before adding a top coat (I used Seche Vite) – you don’t want to smudge the flowers before they’re dry!

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About Kathleen Tower

Kathleen is the style editor for The Collabor-eight. She's a 23-year-old true Jersey girl; big hair, bigger heart. Her passion for beauty and makeup started with an internship at Seventeen Magazine and has grown ever since. After graduating from Villanova, she turned her love for Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter into a full-time job as a social media coordinator! When she's not at work, she's browsing everywhere from the Internet to the streets for her own "Manicure Monday" inspiration. She believes that true style comes from a mix of high and low, designer and drugstore, expensive splurges and nearly steals!

One comment on “Manicure Monday: Sweet Floral

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