We have a little budding star among us and her name is Katherine. Katherine has only recently begun doing more detailed nail art. You can check out her work on Instagram @supernovastars or at http://instagram.com/supernovastars Here’s her fun florals tutorial for you guys!
Enjoy! ~ Rica
Hey everyone! I’m here today to bring you a tutorial thanks to the generous courtesy of Ricarda, who has given me this opportunity in order to break out of the box and venture into the world of nail blogging. This is indeed my first blog post ever, and also my first nail art tutorial ever, and I really hope you all enjoy learning how to make this fun, bright and summery look as much as I enjoyed creating it for you! What is this ah-mazing tutorial, you may be wondering… What looks beautiful 3 months out of the year but never goes out of style?
You guessed it, flowers! (If you didn’t, that’s okay too. We’ll pretend you did :P). Now, I don’t know about you, but I blame my mom for my love of all things floral. She’s had gardens ever since I was a baby and they’re always full and beautiful year after year. I’d say that her gorgeous flower beds are what inspired not only the actual idea for this design, but also the bright and happy colors.
The following is a list of polishes I’ve used for this look. I recommend picking colors that stand out against each other.
- Duri Rejuvacote
- Seche Vite
- Essie polishes: Blanc, Where’s My Chauffeur, Hip-Anema and Saturday Disco Fever
- Cover Girl: Coral Silk
- An unnamed The New Black (TNB) polish
- An also unnamed Color Club
- Sally Hansen: Lightening
Are you ready and raring to go? Let’s get started then!
First apply your base coat. I use Duri because I have an affinity for nail strengtheners (I must own at least 4 separate brands, if not more haha) and Rejuvacote is my new favorite.
Apply your color. In this case, Essie Blanc will be used under our nail art. I applied two thin coats to achieve my desired look. It will be covered up, so if it’s not perfect, don’t worry (:
Here is where the fun part begins! Take your lightest colors―Cover Girl Coral Silk and Essie Where’s My Chauffeur―and a small nail art brush and draw star or flower shapes all over your nail. Try to keep the contrasting colors in their own little sections. If you have white spaces that’s alright! We’ll cover them later.
Now take your next darkest colors. In this tutorial, I am using Hip-Anema and Saturday Disco Fever over the coral and the unnamed TNB over the teal. I ended up painting over all of the coral and only some of the teal. Mix it up and have fun on this step!
Next I used Lightening to fill in all of the small white spaces between my flowers. Then I used the dark grey Color Club to make the middles (you could also use a black polish instead).
I used my nail art brush for the dots, but you can use a dotting tool, a toothpick, a bobby pin, etc, whatever works best for you. If you have any large white spaces, you can make small flowers using the same dark grey or black.
Final step! Make sure you let your nail art dry completely before attempting to top coat it, otherwise you run the risk of smearing all your beautiful work 😦 I used Seche Vite to seal in this fun floral design.
And here is my final look! I went with a skittle style mani, however you can see that my thumb has the same all over print as my ring finger. Check out below if you’re interested to see how I made the other three nails (:
For look #1 I applied two coats of Essie Blanc over my base coat and then applied a fast drying top coat like Seche Vite, let it dry completely, then applied two pieces of tape to form a triangle in the middle of my nail. *It is important to let your polish dry completely or your tape will pull it up.*
Another tip is to stick the tape to the back of your hand 2-3 times to remove some of the stickiness. Firmly press down in order to seal the edges of the tape. Then repeat steps 4-7 from above.
For look #2 I applied one coat of OPI Samoan Sand, let it dry and then applied two coats of Essie Blanc a little farther down my nail. This is called a ruffian manicure. If you’re not comfortable doing this with a brush from the bottle, feel free to use a nail art brush instead. Then repeat steps 4-7 again, but leave an area of white going through the middle of your nail.
For the final look, #3, I applied one coat of Samoan Sand and then painted on a regular french tip. Repeat 4-7 over the white and viola! You have a beautiful summer floral manicure.
I hope all of you decide to rock a funky floral print on your nails at least once this summer and if I inspired you to try any of these looks, tag me on Instagram @supernovastars because I’d love to see them! I’d like to thank Ricarda for giving me this amazing opportunity and I can only hope she doesn’t regret it now! And thank you everyone for coming along for the ride ♥
Katherine Humpal is an 18 year old Pennsylvanian nail art fanatic and hobbyist whose obsession is new this year and has a mom that claims to not support her addiction but is secretly an enabler. Much to her appreciation.