Springtime Tulip Manicure

Nothing says spring like seeing tulips in bloom!  I wanted to put them on my nails, so I took advantage of plate BPL-029 from Born Pretty Store to help me out.

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Blooms galore! I used the pattern in the 2nd row, 2nd image from the right and the single tulip image on the bottom left corner of the plate for this manicure.

The tulips that I have seen around here are mostly red, white, and yellow, so I used those colors for my palette.

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Colors clockwise from the left: Cab Fare by Sephora by OPI, American as Apple Pie by Nicole by OPI, Konad Special Nail Polish in both White and Red, and Brigitte by Julep.

To start, I painted all my nails with Brigitte except for my ring finger, which I painted with American as Apple Pie.

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Looks like a Valentine’s Day manicure so far.

I used a reverse stamping technique to color in some of the tulips, so after stamping my image with Konad Special Nail Polish in Red, I colored it in with a dotting tool.

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I used Cab Fare to fill in random flowers on the image.

After letting the polish set for a little bit, I stamped the image onto my nail.

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Repeat the above steps for the rest of the white nails, and you will end up with this look.

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To make the stems green, I dipped a striping brush into craft smart acrylic paint in Grass Green and traced over the image.

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I stamped a single large tulip onto my ring finger with Konad Special Nail Polish in White.

I also smudged my pinky in the process, but I was able to fix my mistake by scraping off the discolored white polish with an orange stick and filling in the area with Brigitte.  I use Seche Vite top coat, which smooths out uneven polish quite nicely, so you can’t even tell that made a mistake when you see the finished manicure.

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After coloring in the stem and applying top coat, this manicure is done!

What do you love most about spring?  Let me know in the comments!

Happy polishing!

 

Easter Lily Nail Art

I’m such a bad blogger!  I’ve been so busy that I hardly have had any time for myself lately, and *gasp* I even had a day where I was seen in public without any nail polish on!

The very least I could do this week was to try and get an accent nail done.  Because I’m playing for an Eastertide service this Sunday and didn’t get any Easter themed nails done in time for Easter (sorry, everyone!), I chose to put an Easter lily on my ring finger.

Pastel colors are perfect for springtime, so I picked pink and lavender colors for the base of my design.

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Polish colors used in this mani include Pedal Faster Suzi! by OPI, Planks A Lot by OPI, b.m.c. nail lacquer in white, and Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish in 37

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Perfect springtime colors.

Jumbo Plate 7 from Cheeky held my Easter lily image.

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The Easter lilies are in the 3rd row from the bottom, 2nd image from the right.

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Stamping was done with b.m.c. nail lacquer in white.

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I just cut my nails, so I only had room on my ring finger to show one flower. I used tape to remove the portions of the design from the stamper that I did not want to use.

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A single Easter lily all in white is very classy, but I wanted to test my new clear stamper by seeing if I could stamp green polish over the leaves to color them in.

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I stamped the design with Born Pretty Stamping Nail Polish in #37

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I used tape to remove everything except for the leaves.

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Looking through the opposite end of the stamper, I could easily line up the leaves on the stamper with the white leaves that were already stamped on my nail.

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Things didn’t line up perfectly, but it was pretty darn close! This would have been near impossible to do with a normal stamper.

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And just like that, my mani was done!

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If I had more time, I would have liked to add in some more details on the flower. It didn’t even occur to me until I saw an Easter lily in person for the picture.

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Next week is going to be another crazy period filled with students, rehearsals, concerts… and taxes.  If you don’t see me for awhile, you’ll know why!

Happy polishing!