I’m Simcha Whitehill, but I’m better known as Miss Pop, a New York City-based nail artist. Every other week I’ll be breaking down the technique behind a must-have manicure. Some looks will be chic and easy and some may require a practiced hand (or a little patience!). Either way, it's all about having fun. I do nail art for one reason. Love.
Punxsutawney Phil, the world’s cutest and most influential groundhog, declared spring is already on its way. But why even wait for April showers to bring May flowers when you can perk up these bleak February days with some nail art blossoms? This rosy design on a gray background is the perfect transitional look for the seasonal segue.
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What you need:
- Base coat. Try: Essie All in One 3 Way Glaze.
- Gray nail polish. Try: L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Nail in Eiffel for You.
- Opaque pale pink nail polish. Try: Essie Nail Polish in Fiji.
- Green nail polish. Try: Essie Nail Polish in Going Incognito.
- A plastic palette or piece of tinfoil.
- A thin paintbrush. Try: Orly Detailer Brush or a disposable eyeliner brush.
- Black nail art striper. Try: Color Club Art Club Striper in Black.
- Top coat. Try: Essie Good to Go Top Coat.
Step 1: Paint on the base coat and then add two coats of the gray lacquer. Wait for these coats to dry before proceeding to the next step.
Step 2: Get a good bead of pink polish on the bottle's brush, and then dot on random spots across your nails. You want to use an opaque pink so a little dab will go a long way and so you don't need to glob it on. If the color comes out sheerer than expected, do two thin coats rather than one goopy blob, which will take forever to dry.
Step 3: Portion out a little green polish on a plastic palette or piece of tinfoil. Then, using the paintbrush, draw one or two leaves beside each one of your pink dots. The key to making your leaves come to a point is to lift your brush, so less pressure is applied at the end of your stroke. Clean the polish off your brush in a dappen dish, shot glass or paper cup with 100 percent acetone. Tip: You can substitute a small paintbrush with a nail art striper brush from another striper bottle. To clean the brush, dunk it in acetone and wipe off any remaining polish with a paper towel. Or you can simply use a nail art striper polish in green.
Step 4: Outline the flowers and leaves with a black striper. Don’t worry about staying in the lines. To give these flowers a hand-drawn look, you don’t want to be perfect. Frame each flower with two or three half-moon strokes. Then add a little "V" in the center to suggest petals. Outline the leaves with two curved strokes up the sides and one short vein through the center.
Step 5: Allow your nails to dry for about 10 minutes, as the highly concentrated nail art polish takes some extra time to set. Then apply the top coat to seal your look. Finally enjoy your on-the-go bouquet.