So the last time I went to my local plaza, I happened to stroll past one of those make-up clearance pop-up shops that line the corridors. Instantly drawn to the nail polish (because 200+ bottles of polish is never enough), I was rather pleased to see a “3 for $10″ over the Revlon basket and instantly dived in to see if I could find any colours that I liked.
Unfortunately my mother was with me (is that a terrible thing to say?) and she banned me from buying my usual “disgusting, murky colours!” and went digging around too to help me look. In the end, I got a lovely handful of polishes that weren’t too “murky” for Mum’s liking, including a green which she had picked up. I wasn’t sold on it when looking at the bottle but considering how cheap it was, I didn’t mind grabbing it.
As it turned out, Revlon Colorstay nail polish in “Bonsai” (#230) is an extremely understated and very pretty green! It’s a yellow-based green which is helped along and given a lot of depth by a lovely gold shimmer. The formula is thin but workable and opaque in two thin coats.
As much as I loved the green on my nails, I wanted to do something a little different and decided to take the leap into nail art. My mother always says she wants my nails to be more colourful…
Whadya reckon? Did she get her wish?
How did I do this?
Stuff you need:
- Base and top coat polish of your choice. I used (and highly recommend) Revlon Quick Dry base coat and Out The Door top coat.
- Base nail polish colour. I used Revlon Colorstay in “Bonsai”.
- Some acrylic paints in green and three tones of whatever colour you want your roses to be. I used dark green and a light and dark pink which I also mixed to make a mid-tone pink.
- Some thin nail art brushes, nail polish pens or super fine detail paint brushes.
Here are the steps:
- Ensure nails are clean of moisture and oils by running a cotton pad soaked in polish remover over them.
- Apply one coat of fast-drying base coat to your nails.
- Once the base coat is dry, apply the background nail polish. Let dry for 10 minutes and then apply your top coat and let dry completely.
- Grab your acrylic paints and brushes (or in my case, the manbeast’s model-painting paints and brushes – teehee) and set up a little drop of each on a bit of foil or a plastic plate. You may or may not need to thin the paint a little bit if it’s gloopy and not runny.
- Take your darkest flower colour and paint some roundy blob shapes over your nail. Depending on the size of your nail and the size of the flowers, I’d aim for at least two or three. Let those dry.
- Grab your lightest flower colour and draw in little “C” shapes that gradually radiate outwards to the outer edges of the rose.
- Repeat with a couple strokes of your mid-tone colour just to add a little more depth and detail to the roses. This step is optional, though.
- Grab your green paint and dab in some leaf shapes leading out from the roses.
- Once your roses and leaves are completely dry, go over with a fast-drying top coat to seal in the design and protect it.
- If you’re having trouble painting your roses, watch this very simple tutorial on Youtube.
- You can use nail polish for the flowers if you like, however acrylic paints (just your normal craft paint stuff) comes off with water so if you make a mistake you can just wipe off with a wet cotton bud and try the flowers again rather than pull out the polish remover and start from scratch.
- Don’t load your brush when painting in the details for the roses. You only need a touch of paint.
- Practice doing some roses with your non-dominant hand on paper first before attempting on your nails, it will make the process easier.