June 25, 2014

Pretty Purple Flower Nails

Purple Flower Nails

Day 14 of the Bundle Monster Challenge is "Flowers."  I've been wanting to try a dotting flower nail for a while so this was the perfect excuse to do it.

This design is definitely a beginner level nail, but simple designs can still be amazing. And adding metal studs always upgrades a design to make it more fancy.  I picked a pastel color since that always goes well with flowers and looks sweet.  I'm also trying to use more purple polishes in my designs.  For some reason I like to buy a ton of purples, but then never use them.  I'm definitely addicted to nail polish.

Maybelline, Sally Hansen, Dotting Tool, Metal Stud Wheel
Polish Used:
  •  Maybelline New York Color Show Nail Lacquer - Gilded Rose
  •  Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color - Lacey Lilac
Other Supplies:
This design would look great in any color.  You could use a hot pink for a summery feel, or black for a striking look.  I went with a pastel.  Here's how to create the look:
  1. Apply the base color.  I'm using Lacey Lilac by Sally Hansen and Gilded Rose by MaybellineLacey Lilac is a nice creamy pastel purple, and Gilded Rose makes a complementary feature nail because the gold glitter has some pink hues to it. 
  2. Create the flowers using a dotting tool and white polish.  Five connecting dots in a circle create the petals of the flowers.  Work on one flower at a time...see next step.
  3. IMMEDIATELY after, while white polish is still wet, place a 2mm gold round metal stud in the center of the flower.  It is best to do one flower at a time...dotting and placing the stud while the polish is wet so you don't have to use glue.  If you prefer glue, then you don't have to worry about that.
  4. Finish off the nail by dotting some white dots in between the flowers.
  5. For the remaining purple nails, paint a coat of clear top coat and place the metal stud at the base of each nail on the wet polish.  I used two studs on my thumb since it is bigger and has more space.
Studs can require a lot of top coat so they don't break off easily. 

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