Recently at NYFW, CND did a really cool look they called Flirty Flowers for Rachel Antonoff's runway show. I think it was a real eye-catcher for everyone considering the interesting pattern and the use of bright, bold colors juxtaposed on the small canvas of the nails. I wanted to recreate it, and in fact did start out by using CND Anchor Blue as they did, but I found it was far too dark to get the look in the photos without adding a lot of white to it. I'm probably not using the same technique they did, so maybe they added the Anchor Blue designs while the white was still wet, but either way I ended up using different polishes to acheive this look.
I painted the nails white, added the blue "petals" freehand with a brush, then added the red to the top, using a thin brush to get the red into the angles left behind by the blue.
- China Glaze White on White
- China Glaze Electric Beat
- OPI Red Lights Ahead... Where?
- Seche Vite Topcoat
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If you haven't noticed, I'm in a bit of a floral period right now. I think it's this nonexistant winter that isn't providing the quaint excitement of snowy afternoons full of hot chocolate and a good book, or maybe a snowball fight, nor is it warm enough to be expecting buds to pop up and leaves to begin to appear. it's all the crappy things about Winter without any of the good things. So I'm boycotting Winter, and I'm living in denial. It's Spring for me right now. I did this manicure for two reasons; 1) I saw this manicure by BlogNailedIt and was inspired, and I still have one living, albeit beleaguered, flower out in front of the house right now that just won't give up, and it's a pansy. I've got a couple pics from last Spring of a pot o' pansies after the jump from directly after potting them last Spring. They got rather huge over the summer, and all have died but one really determined little guy in the middle. le sigh.
For this design I used China Glaze Sweet Hook as the base, then I used China Glaze Gothic Lolita, Holly-Day and Sally Hansen Lavender Cloud for the flower and the random dotting.
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This was a design I did a few months ago that I really loved. It's basically ripped off completely from Warhol's Flowers. The colors on my nails don't show well since I used some neons, but they basically looked exactly like the ones in the left part of this picture. I used China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy, Essie Bright Tights and Shorty Pants and Nubar Pink Cream for the flowers with a large dotting tool. The base is black with OPI Who the Shrek Are You flicked on with a brush to look like the grass. I also took a very small dotting tool without any polish to dot around the inside of some of the flowers to reproduce the little specks in the original. What do you guys think? have you ever tried to recreate a favorite work of art before? What piece would you love to see reproduced for nails?
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So, I wanted to jazz up my China Glaze Lemon Fizz mani with a little nail art. I was bored ;) So I grabbed my dotting tools and some of the new China Glaze Poolside shades and just started messing around. I used the dotting tool to make the flowers first. I used Pool Party and Kiwi Cool-ada for the petals, then filled them in with Kiwi Cool-ada and Towel Boy-Toy then I used Sun Worshiper to make some dots around the flowers. I felt like this was super obnoxious, and the orange dots on the pastel yellow background really didn't work for me, but I figured I'd post it anyway to show you guys just for nail art ideas.