11 March 2013

Apple Nail Art

The first manicure I tried today was an abysmal failure, so I looked to Pinterest for some inspiration. I've had this adorable apple manicure pinned for a while, thinking I'd hang onto it for sometime in autumn, but then I found out this morning out that today, March 11, is apparently Johnny Appleseed Day! Even better, I then found this tutorial from Rebecca Likes Nails, so with design, instructions, and the right occasion all coming together, today became apple nail art day!

apple nail art

My base colour is Revlon Bare Bones, and the red is none other than OPI Big Apple Red. After dotting on my apples (and brushing larger ones on ring and thumb), I used a teeny paintbrush to add leaves of Jessica Mint Mojito Green and some brown OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys stems. Then I top coated with SV and went all tralala for a good 10 minutes before I smacked my forehead. I forgot the white "shine" marks! So, Orly Crisp White nail art striper, another top coat (Nubar Diamont Seal & Shine, just to mix things up), and it was finally picture time.

Despite having two thick applications of top coat, my first batch of pics looked a little matte somehow, and I went, "Ooooooo." Another top coat! This time, NYC Matte Me Crazy. The apples themselves did look cute all shiny and bright, but the matte coat really brought the whole design to life.

apple nail art

I love!! ^_^

So, Happy Johnny Appleseed Day, everyone! Did you know it's also National Napping Day in America? It's celebrated every year on the day after the clocks "spring forward" to let people catch up on that lost hour of sleep. Genius!

47 comments:

  1. Oh wow! This is one of the nicest manis I've ever seen. So crisp, clean and beautiful - I'm so in awe! xx

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    1. Becca, that is so sweet of you--thank you very much!! :D

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  2. You did a great job with this design! Now I want an apple ...

    And I had no idea about National Napping Day. Why am I not surprised? LOL

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    1. Thank you so much, Rach! I may not have Daylight Saving Time here, but I intend to become a devoted follower of The Way of the Nap. ;o)

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  3. I love this mani so much! It looks great matte :)

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    1. Thank you, Anna! I really like it matted too. ;)

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  4. This is SO cute! I am absolutely loving the apples!

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  5. This is adorable! I love how perfect the apples look. Great mani!

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    1. Aw, I really appreciate it, Nory--thank you very much!!

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  6. These are too cute! I love them!

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  7. Super cuuuuute manicure! Beautiful! :-)

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  8. awesoome, your apples are really cute :D
    apple is my favorite fruit, although i love any kind of fruit :D

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    1. Thank you very much! I really do love apples too, especially when they're nice and crisp! Sometimes I dunk 'em in peanut butter. ;P

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  9. Looks so beautiful! Amazing job! :)

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  10. Mattifying was a stroke of genius - these look like those store bought nail polish strips! They are MUCH cuter than what you find in store though! SQUEE!

    Happy Johnny Appleseed Day xD

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  11. Oh my gosh, how cute is this!! You did a fantastic job, Elizabeth! :-)

    ~ Yun

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    1. Really do appreciate it, Yun--thank you very much! :)

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  12. Your manicure is just fantastic!

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  13. super pretty.. love the base color ^^

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  14. I love it! especially with the matt top coat on it!
    xoxo

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    1. Thanks a bunch, Lieke! I loved what the top coat did for it! :o)

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  15. I LOVE IT!! That is soooooo cute!

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  16. I am wowed by your apples!! Such awesome painting skills!

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    1. You are so sweet, Jennie, thanks!! ♥

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