Monday, 27 May 2013

Mani Monday: Floral Nails Tutorial

Happy Monday everyone! I thought I'd kick start the week with a new project 'Mani Mondays'. I love doing nail art, and although I'm not the best at doing them I thought I'd share a few designs and tutorials with you lot just in case you wanted to have a go. 
This week I'm starting off with floral nails inspired by Cath Kidston. I wore a design like this back when I was in college and got loads of compliments, and being floral I thought they were summer appropriate. 

You will need:
- clean nails or nail board
- white nail polish
- two shades of blue polish i.e. royal blue and a turquoise
- two shades of pink polish i.e. a light and dark pink
- green nail polish
- nail art pens or similar tools
- clear polish

Step One: Start with a white base. I think it's always easier when doing nail art to start with a nice clean white base. I guess it just makes the colours stand out more? I don't know but it works for me. 
Please note, when I do nail art demos like this I like to work on nail boards like the one above. I think it's easier when taking pictures, rather than awkwardly taking a picture of my clawed hand. I also leave out the far left nails as they're too big for my thumbs.

Step Two: Paint the second and third finger in two different shades. I used Topshop Marine Scene on the index finger and a turquoise shade that is unbranded on the middle finger. 

Step Three: On the thumb and little finger use the darker pink to paint broken circles. These can be any size and can be placed anywhere on the nail. I used a nail art pen but you can use whatever you feel comfortable with.
Also paint two large white spots on the index finger.

Step Four: Next, use the lighter pink and paint broken circles over the top of the darker ones. This doesn't have to be neat. Try to make sure that there's no white showing through the middle though.
Do the same design as the thumb and little finger on the white spots on the index finger. 

Step Five: Apply the 'leaves' to the flower heads using a green nail polish. Again I used a nail art pen but the same effect can be achieved through normal nail polish and a nail art brush (available from eBay).

Step Six: Moving onto the middle finger, draw a circle and colour it in white. Add bumps to the outside of the circle to create a circular cloud. Add dots around this using a dotting tool (the pointy side of a cuticle stick or a cocktail stick would work fine with this). Your design should look something similar to the one above.

Finally: Repeat the same steps for applying a flower as you did on the other nails, onto the middle finger. Using the lighter pink, add stripes to the last remaining finger (sticky tape is good for getting straight edges if you want). Wait for it to dry and apply clear nail varnish over the top to set the design.
And there you have it, floral nails!

Did you find this tutorial useful? Are you going to attempt it? 

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  1. These are gorgeous! I love the design with lots of flowers on the thumbnail. xo

  2. This looks amazing!! I have to try it myself!! :) x x

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    1. You should do! It's actually really easy to do x

  3. Cute nails and love the tutorial!



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