17 June 2012

Dandelion Nail Art

The past couple of days I wanted something a little soft and sweet on my nails, so I finally tried this dandelion nail art design. Wish I was sure how to credit it properly; it's all over YouTube and other sites, but I specifically remember seeing it at MaD Manis and filing it under, "Ooh, ooh, try this one!!"

dandelion nail art

Like Amanda, I also used China Glaze Sea Spray for my dandelion nails; I think it makes a lovely background colour for this design. Of course, it's already a gorgeous colour all by itself...I haven't seen another polish yet that manages to duplicate its soft, subtle richness. The touch of grey adds so much complexity to the blue, making it a deeper, more mature colour than the "powder" or "baby" blue it might be otherwise, and the tiniest bit of shimmer gives it an intriguing shine, almost like a hint of pearl. And I don't even care that it tends to lobster my fingertips; it's just so pretty! But enough waxing lyrical about the Sea Spray... (^_-)

The dandelions were done with Orly stripers (Jet Black and Crisp White). I just painted a quick swipe of black for the stems, then did a sort of bowl on top. Then I did the tufts of white seeds in a couple of layers, varying the lengths a little to help it look sort of bushy. A few dashes of white on the other fingers show the seeds blowing in the wind, and that's the long and short of how to paint dandelion nails!

dandelion nail art

If you don't have stripers, you could also do these with small brushes or dotting tools. Or you can use the end of a bobby pin for the stems and a toothpick for the white (just collect a bit of polish on the end and don't press too hard while dragging your colour). I definitely think the Sea Spray adds a lot to the overall effect, but it should look nice with just about any soft, paler shade (Lemon Fizz or Re-fresh Mint come to mind), so long as it doesn't overpower the design.

On my other hand I did the flowers (okay, so they're really weeds, but...details ;p) on my index and pinky fingers, but I'm not deft enough to switch camera hands without shaking--I probably need to get a mini-tripod if I want to try that again. Still, staggering them like that gave the whole manicure a nice "random yet balanced" look. Honestly, I'm just so happy with how these came out. My poor husband...I kept shoving my hands in his face and shouting, "Aren't they pretty?!"

He's such a good sport.

24 comments:

  1. So beautiful. It reminds me of beautiful textile print.

    ReplyDelete
  2. LOL, I had to laugh when reading what you wrote :)
    Yes, they ARE pretty - well done :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Haha, thanks, Maria! He really *is* a good sport. ;)

      Delete
  3. Replies
    1. Thanks so much! That's what I loved about this one--it's not busy or complicated, just a sweet (and simple!) design. :)

      Delete
  4. Replies
    1. Go for it, I'd love to see the pics! I think it'd look really pretty with the grey Rimmel you posted a little while ago. ;)

      Delete
  5. China Glaze Sea Spray is beautiful and I adore your dandelions! Very, very well done! :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you! I'm so in love with Sea Spray. :)

      Delete
  6. omg, these are soo cute! love them :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, esmeheredia! I just fell in love with this design and had to try it too. :)

      Delete
  7. great job *.*
    this is one of the prettiest manicure i have ever seen, and since i saw it i'm thinking how i have to do it myself... still didn't, but i will...one day ;-D

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you so very much! I wish I could take credit for designing it (props again to MaD Manis!), but it worked out very well on my first try--definitely give it a shot! :)

      Delete
  8. This is so pretty! I want this color and pattern on a scarf!

    ReplyDelete
  9. This is really cute! And I love this China Glaze polish, I was checking it out recently but I didn't know that it's so beautiful:)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, Marcelina! I definitely recommend picking it up if you see it again--it looks nice in the bottle, but that subtle shimmer makes it soooo pretty on. ♥

      Delete

I am so grateful for your comments--thank you very much for visiting DMN!

(Please be aware that link-dropping is not an effective way to promote your blog. It is considered spamming, and such comments will be deleted.)

Related Posts by LinkWithin