Flower power

I’ve gotten acrylic nails on and off for more than 10 years. As a writer and editor, sometimes my hands take center stage as I’m taking notes in front of a source or when I’m shaking hands and meeting with various people whether in the office or on the road. The one thing I really enjoy about having the acrylics is the art. I’m a sucker for a pretty little flower design on my ring fingers! Pretty little flowers with lines and detail that I have never been able to do.

But! I am an apprentice! And over the years, I’ve watched and paid attention as other women have dotted, dashed and swept designs over my nails. Now I’m able to duplicate some of the designs on my own, like this one:

Pretty little flowers!

I used Sephora by OPI “Just a Fairy-tail,” and then took blue nail art paint and poured some out on a paper towel. I dipped a dotting tool into it (which I bought at Sally Beauty Supply for about $5 – there’s brush on the other end of it). I made five dots in the shape of a flower on the nail. Then I took a toothpick, and from the center of each dot, drew a line towards the center of the “flower.” It kind of drags the paint with it, to create a petal-looking shape. Therefore, after doing that, it looks like a flower!

I dabbed some iridescent nail art paint in the middle of the flower, although that’s hard to see in the photo. Then I took green nail art paint, and drew four lines coming from the flower.

One thing I don’t dare do yet is my right hand because I am right handed and too shaky with my left. While I was somehow able to put an American flag on my right hand for Fourth festivities, I’m not usually so lucky!

Practice, I’ve learned, can make you good enough to skip out on the $5 extra charge for nail art at the salon, to do it yourself 🙂

So why not give nail flower-making it a shot and let me know how you make out! And let me know if you have any nifty tips for fun nail art!