Monday, September 12, 2011

Nail Flowers Tutorial

Happy Monday, everyone!  I hope you all had a fantastic weekend.  I got a bunch of requests for a tutorial on how to make nail flowers after my End of the Season Nails post, so here you go!! 

Before you get started on the flowers, make sure you paint your nails a somewhat contrasting (to the flowers) base coat.  I used two coats of OPI's A-Taupe the Space Needle.  After you've painted your nails, give them at least ten minutes to dry then you can get started.  

For the flowers you'll need two different nail colors.  I used Zoya's Snow White, and Tobi. For the leaf I used Camouflage by Rimmel London. You'll also need a couple of toothpicks.

Then you'll want to apply a blob of one of your flower colors. It doesn't have to be a perfect circle!

Apply a smaller blob of the other flower color inside of your original blob (like my technical terms?)

Take one of your toothpicks and swirl the two colors around until you get a design you like.  Then do step two in reverse, and swirl the colors again.  Continue doing this with as many flowers as you'd like to do on your nails.

**There is a step four, but I didn't get a picture of it - the leaves!  No one was home to take a picture while I was doing it....I'm sorry.  But, it's an easy one and I'll talk you through it.  Get a small dot of the green on your toothpick. Make two small dots on the outside of your flower, wherever you'd like the leaf to be and then gently drag your toothpick out to create a leaf-like shape.  It doesn't have to be perfect, because people probably won't be staring way close to your nails.  Apply an awesome top coat and you're good to go!**

...and when my hubby came home I got him to take a picture of both hands!

If you're on Pinterest, and would like to "pin" this (shameless self promotion!) here's an easy cheat sheet!

If you do some nail flowers I would LOVE to see them!!! xoxox!


Nikki @ Saving For A Rainy Day said...

Thanks Heather!!!! :)

jessica dukes said...

oh oh oh! thats walk in barcelona for the main color, isn't it??? i love it! i am trying that asap! cute cute. can you tell i'm excited?

Denissa said...

YAY!! I'm so excited you posted this today because my tuquoise & caicos came the other day so I was excited to copy ;) btw I found the Seche topcoat on ebay for around $6 w/ shipping!

Hi! I am LiLi! said...

that's cool.

xoxo LiLi
Thinking Out Loud

JC said...

Hello, I'm a new follower of your blog and I love your nails in these photos! I always wanted to do my nails with designs but didn't know how. Thanks so much for sharing!! Awesome!

Tara said...

uh-mazing. and i am loving that brown color!! so perfect for fall!!

Jenni said...

adorable nails once again! i told you that i am boring and have pink and white french manicured acrylic nails, but seeing your pretties all the time makes me want to take them off!!!

Alayna's Creations said...

oh how cute and easy! Thanks for sharing

Lisa said...

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:) Lisa

Allison @ little lovelies said...

How fun is this?! It's so easy too! Thanks so much for sharing!

Kara @ Mine for the Making said...

So fun and so simple...I think I could do this! Love it! Thanks for sharing :) Visiting from TT&J

Would LOVE for you to link up this (and any other fashion related post) to my new diy fashion linky party called DIY Diva Thursdays! We party until Monday; hope to see you there :)



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