Beauty Class: The Easiest Floral Nail Art Ever
FOR ALL those nail-art newbies out there, I have something fresh and super-easy for you to try. It is spring time in the fashion world, and pastel colours and floral designs are all the rage (but you can do this manicure in any season because it is just that pretty and understated). The reason why this look is easy-peasy is because you essentially need only 2 to 3 colours.
I believe that doing your own manicure saves a lot of money as opposed to going to a nail salon for it. Leave the intricate and complicated designs to the professionals, and actually when you get better with fine painting, you can do any designs yourself. Also, going out to a salon for a manicure takes time; sometimes a whole afternoon of driving to the salon, waiting, the process itself, the waiting for the nails to dry and then the drive back. This particular nail design took me 10 minutes tops.
Best of all, doing your own manicure gives you control over your designs and the best time (in my opinion) to paint your nails is at night when you are winding down before bed while watching television because that is when all your day’s tasks are over and that greatly reduces the risks of messing up your freshly painted nails.
The best reason for visiting a salon is if you need some me-time and pampering. So for now, roll up your sleeves and put on your painter’s beret and let’s make art!
Gather Your Supplies!
First of all, let’s start with the nail polish. Obviously, you will need a base coat (to protect the nails from staining) and a top coat (for protecting the colours and giving the manicure a glossy and professionally-done look). I would recommend a fast-drying topcoat for no other reason than for it to be convenient and fuss-free.
For this tutorial, I chose two pastel colours (a lilac and a creamy pink) although you can literally pick any colour you want, even up to three or four. I’ve thought of several other colour combinations that would look really good together such as these:
For the center of the flowers, usually it is yellow (remember what our art teachers taught us when we were children and everything we drew had a face?) but it needs to be opaque enough to show up on the nail. For my tutorial, I chose a gold colour for some extra bling and to make it look more grown-up.
Next, you will need a dotting tool. You can get the professional dotting tool from beauty supply shops but what I would recommend for newbies is to use a hair pin or a toothpick – if you have neither, just make do with something small like the two mentioned objects (e.g. pencils, tightly rolled up paper, etc).
And of course, lastly, you will need a steady hand. For complete newbies, it is understandable to mess up so start with the nail with the design. In any case you will need to re-do, you can clean off the design with nail polish remover without destroying the polish on the other nails.
Assuming that your nails are already cleaned, shaped and ready for a new work of art, let’s get started.
First, I start by dotting on the center of the flowers to ‘mark’ where the flowers will be. Be wise to not start off with too many dots as to provide sufficient space for the petals. Anyway, you can always add more later on if the flowers are not enough. It is advisable to apply two coats (dot again over the dot) to ensure that the colours can really be seen. However, wait a while for the first coat to dry before applying the next.
Next, work on the petals. Don’t get too excited here. Take your time. There is no need to worry if it’s not perfect because remember, it is a teeny-tiny piece of art and no one is going to admire your manicure with a magnifying glass. Repeat the layering if needed to achieve desired opacity.
Like I said, I would recommend painting the flowers only on one fingernail as an accent. For those who can’t maneuver their non-dominant hand, just paint one nail then.
Once that nail is done, you can start painting your other finger nails in a complimenting or matching colour. Wait for a while, and then apply topcoat and voila!
Once you start getting better at this basic floral design, there are many more ways you can slowly create more complicated designs. Creativity does not sit in a box. Google search for online tutorials and YouTube videos showing how to create awesome designs step-by-step; some are not really as complicated as they look.
Here are some of my suggestions for a gradual upgrade:
1. Experiment with more colours. You can match designs to an outfit for a special occasion or use your contrasting favourite colours to express yourself.
2. Paint a uniformed design on all your nails instead of just one nail.
3. Use gems to make the flowers instead of painting them on.
4. Experiment with different petal shapes and different colours. Instead of a generic daisy-like flower, you can start making shapes like roses, orchids, tulips, etc. Get inspired from websites like this one: http://www.ivillage.com/floral-nail-art-nail-designs-diy/5-a-534508
Remember not to lose heart if the first few tries looked less than perfect. Practice makes perfect. Plus, the satisfaction after you are done will make you feel proud. Your manicure may look messy but it is your very own piece of art!