As spring is finally arriving I thought it would be appropriate to break out the first spring / summer manicure featuring some really cool abstract flowers which kind of remind me of roses. The design is really sweet and girly and just perfect for getting in the spring mood.
The trick with this manicure is to just have a little fun with it and not trying to get it too perfect.
– a mint base colour ( I used “mint candy apple” by Essie, but any other light blue or mint clour will work just as well)
– a variation of pink nail polishes. You should at least have 3 different shades because the more shades you’ll use, the more realistic your flowers will turn out (I used a very light pink called “little princess”, my medium shade is called “lovely beauty” and the darkest shade I used, which is a pretty dark pink shade is called “crazy mademoiselle”)
– for executing this manicure you’ll either need a dotting tool or, if you don’t have one, you can simply use a toothpick (I chose to use my dotting tool, because I found it to be easier to use, but again it is not necessary for you to have a dotting tool. A toothpick will work just as well)
– also you’ll need your favourite top coat, nail polish remover and cotton pads or qtips to remove excess nail polish on the sides of your nails
… now let’s get started!
This step is pretty self-explanatory, because you’ll obviously just need to paint your nails with your base colour. Just make sure it has completely dried before you mve on to the next step.
After your base colour has complety dried, take your medium pink shade and let a huge drop fall down onto your nails, directly off of the nail polish brush. Immediately after that, go into that drop with the brush and kind of drag it outwards to create a flower petal like shape.
Before you move on to the next step, wait for a while so that the polish can dry just a little bit. Waiting a moment before moving on will cause the polish to get a little bit stickier and you won’t have to be afraid that everything is going to be a total mess in the next step.
Now that your medium shade has turned a bit sticky let a smaller drop of your lightes pink shade drop right onto the medium pink spot. Then take your dotting tool or toothpick and start swirling the two shades together until a really cool pattern develops. I noticed it’s easiest to drag the medium shade into the light shade, as opposed to do it the other way around. But just find your own way of doing it, because with this manicure there is really no wrong or right.
Again, before moving on to the next step, make sure to wait a bit to make the polishes a bit stickier and not as liquid.
In this step you’ll make the flowers a bit more realistic. To achieve this, dip your dotting tool / toothpick into the darkest pink shade you’ve picked out. Then carefully start drawing small lines into the pattern on your nails. This will create the illusion of depth and therefore seem like your flowers have different layers of petals. Here again, you don’t have to be super precise while doing this. The messier you will draw the lines, the more realistic it will look
Wait at least 30 minutes before you move on to putting a top coat over your nails, otherwise the top coat will mix with your polishes, causing to ruin your design. The top coat will not only protect the design on your nails, it will also help all the colours and shades to blend to gether, creating a really cool abstract look.
After you have your top coat on and it has dried completely, take your cotton pads or qtips to remove the excess nail polish from the sides of your nails.
Have fun recreating this manicure. ♥