For this tutorial, we thought it would be nice to branch out into other facets of beauty—nails! Your hair, makeup and wardrobe may be on point, but the overall look might feel incomplete without having your nails done. After all, it’s the small things that count.
I got a chance to team up with nail expert Tina from Nails by Tina in White Rock so she could show you how to do these simple nature inspired nails. Although she did a full gel set using Shellac polish, you can use regular nail polish or even acrylic paint for the fine details.
*Reminder: If you’re using nail polish for the art, you’ll have to do multiple coats for a vibrant colour*
We’ll go through this tutorial as if you we’re using regular polish and/or acrylic.
What you’ll need:
- Base Coat
- Top Coat
- Black Polish (and black acrylic paint)
- Pale Pink/Nude Polish
- Clear Glitter Polish
- Small Piece of Aluminum Foil
- Fine Brush
1. Apply a base coat.
2. Apply 3 coats of black polish on your pinky and 3 coats of pink polish on your other nails. Fan or set to dry.
3. Dip a few drops of your black polish/acrylic paint on to a small piece of aluminum foil (or anything else you can use for a palette). You’ll be using this to paint the grass, tree and leaves.
Using a fine brush, create strokes of tall grass on your ring finger nails. Create different sizes and heights (don’t worry about being a little messy, it’ll create dimension).
Create your tree by brushing a thicker line through the middle of your grass. Make the base a little wider for the trunk and drag it right across. Line up all your nails and carry the stroke through your middle finger. Drag it right across again but make it come to the end of a point.
Add branches to your tree trunk
4. Once you have your desired maple tree look, you can add a few branch stems on your index finger nail to complete the top of your tree. Then add leaves!
5. You can see how the leaves are messy shapes and sizes, so go crazy!
6. After the art has set and dried, add a coat or two of glitter polish on your pinkies, thumbs, and on top of the leaves. Let it all dry and add a top coat.
Now you’re done! You’ll have chic messy maple nails to enjoy for the fall.
Thanks to Tina for the nail inspiration. Visit her facebook page for a full look at all her designs and other services.
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