Don't worry about the difficulty of this tutorial -- it's a very easy to do nail art design that takes almost no time at all!
And just as a disclaimer, if I learned the particular design from anyone, I'll be sure to let you all know so that you can also learn from the pro. ;-)
I am not sure how frequently I will post these...maybe once a month, or every few months. I'm still not really sure. Let me know in the comments below if you'd like to see a nail art tutorial on a regular basis!
For my first tutorial, I thought it'd be best to start with something easy and simple (...yes, I like to play it safe). And my absolute favorite way to dress up any manicure is by adding a simple flower in the corner. It doesn't take long, it doesn't take a professional, and it just adds something special to your nails.
So let's dive right in!
Easy Nail Art for Beginners
Step 1: Apply Basecoat
There are many reasons to use a basecoat each time you paint your nails -- the two biggest being that it protects your nails from getting dyed by the polish color and it helps your manicure last longer. Here I am just using Orly's Bonder Rubberized Basecoat. I've been enjoying this product, as it really does help my manicures to last longer before it starts to chip!
Step 2: Apply Nail Polish
If you've been following me for a while, than you know my style tends to stray to the darker or more neutral brown shades. So for my nail polish color I chose OPI's Peace & Love & OPI. One coat is pretty decent and opaque...but I like my nail polish colors to be really rich, so....
Yep, I added another coat. If your polish is thicker or you like it kind of sheer, than skip this step. :-) But for me, I always do 2 coats. Using the same nail polish color as before, of course (....that was a no brainer, really Katie?! :-/)
A tip for when you paint your nails --- allow at least 5 minutes (10 is great) between each coat (including basecoat and topcoat). This gives the layers time to dry so that the overall manicure doesn't take as long to dry and you don't run the chance of smudging it accidentally hours after you finish. :-)
Okay, for this next part you're going to need a white polish, such as Orly French Tips (or whatever color you want your flowers to be) and a dotting tool. If you don't have this type of tool, no worries -- you can just use a bobby pin and toothpick. I will explain, in a moment, when to use them. :-)
Step 3: Apply 5 Dots in a Circle
I use the large end of my dotting tool to apply these dots to the right corner of my nails. If you do not have a dotting tool, use a bobby pin and you will get the same results. :-) Allow to set for 5 seconds.
Step 4: Make a Dash in the Dots
Here is when I use the smaller side of my dotting tool (or toothpick, if I didn't have this on hand). I lightly press the tool (or toothpick) into the center of one of the dots, and then gently drag it into the center of the circle.
BAM --- you have your first petal!
Now you just repeat that process to all the petals.
And, *POOF*, you have a flower on your nail now! It looks so 2 dimensional when you just glance at your nails.
Depending on what you like, you can just have a flower on one nail or all your nails. Normally, I just do the flowers on the ring finger of both hands. But for this tutorial, I decided to do it on all my nails.
It's up to you!
Step 5: Apply Topcoat
Do not forget to apply a topcoat over your manicure. After all that hard word (which, actually, was really easy...) you do NOT want your design to start chipping or peeling off the next day.
Here I am using Orly Won't Chip Resistant Topcoat (and I know I sound like I am sponsored by ORLY....but I'm not! I promise! I just like their stuff, and I have it on hand, and I want to use it ;-). Personally, I like a thicker, more gel-like topcoat, but this does do a decent job.
And You're Done!
That's all there is to this easy nail art! It's a really fun way to spice up your nail color and takes almost no time!
If you give this a try, I'd love it if you'd tag me and hashtag #LadyKaty92_Nails on any of my social medias!
I hope you all enjoyed this nail tutorial. I know it isn't rocket science, but I've frequently been asked how I create these flowers on my nails, so I thought to share. As you can see, it's a really easy nail art designs that anyone can pull off.
Please be patient with me as I learn how to take pictures in order to post a tutorial. It was more tricky than I had expected, but I hope my next nail art tutorial will be better!
Until next time!