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Video:How to Do Floral Nail Art

with Kaytie Sproul

Want to learn how to do floral nail art? Watch this About.com video to see instructions for doing it on your own.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Do Floral Nail Art

Hi, I'm Kaytie Sproul, here for about.com, and today I'm going to show you how to do floral nail art.

Supplies for Doing Floral Nail Art

To do this, you will need:

  • a paper plate
  • a bottle of base coat
  • bright orange, white, and dark purple nail polish
  • a dotting tool
  • toothpicks
  • and a bottle of top coat

Instructions for Doing Floral Nail Art

Begin with a layer of base coat on your clean, manicured nails. Next, paint your nails bright orange using two coats of polish. After allowing your background color to dry, place a few drops of white polish on a paper plate and dip your dotting tool into it. To make a flower, you're going to place five small white dots in a circular pattern on your nail. I'm going to do this again just below for the second flower. While the white dots are still a little bit tacky, grab your toothpick and delicately draw a line downward from the middle of each polka dot.

More Instructions for Floral Nail Art

You'll begin to see your petals taking shape. Place a few drops of your dark purple polish on the paper plate and dip your dotting tool into it. Put a small purple dot in the center of each flower to bring it all together. You can also use a small rhinestone for the center of your flowers if you access to them. Once each of your nails has an adequate number of flowers, seal your work with a layer of quick-dry top coat. There you have it … a cute and basic floral nail art design that'll go great with your spring and summer wardrobes.

Tips for Floral Nail Art

Keep in mind that there are many ways to create floral nail art. After applying two coats of polish in whatever background color you like, you can hand draw your flowers with nail art brushes and/or striping polish. If you want a more abstract design, paint large, billowy, petals on each nail, as I'm doing here with my white striping polish. I'll draw five of these petals on each nail and allow them to dry. Then I'll place a big, bright orange dot in the center of each flower with my dotting tool. Sealing it with quick-dry top coat smooths out the design and gives it a polished, finalized look. While a little more intricate and demanding, floral nail art like this is definitely unique. This is an especially fun option if you prefer larger flowers and a free-hand style.

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