I’m Simcha Whitehill, but I’m better known as Miss Pop, a New York City-based nail artist. Every 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.
For my first look, I got inspired by one of the shoes of the fall season: these incredible Prada high-heels that are covered in white, red and black leather flowers. And what better time to try this look than today, with the brand unveiling its spring 2013 ready-to-wear collection in Milan. Here is how to get Prada flower nails.
WHAT YOU NEED:
- Base coat. Try: CND Stickey Base Coat.
- Red nail polish. Try: Essie Nail Polish in A List.
- Black nail polish. Try: Essie Nail Polish in Licorice.
- A small dotter (or a toothpick with the very tip cut off).
- White nail polish. Try: Essie Nail Polish in Blanc.
- A medium dotter (or a ball-headed pin stuck into the eraser side of a pencil).
- A small striper brush. Try: Orly Detailer Brush.
- Top coat. Try: Dazzle Dry Top Coat.
HOW TO DO IT:
Step 1: File your nails, gently push back your cuticles and paint one coat of the base coat. Base coat doesn’t just protect your nails from staining; it helps your manicure last longer and makes the colors really pop.
Step 2: Paint your ring and pointer fingers on each hand with two coats of the red polish. Then polish your other three fingers on each hand with two coats of the black polish. Wait for these coats to completely dry.
Decorating the ring and pointer fingers:
Step 3: To get the curvature meant to mimic the one on the shoe, you’ll want to use the black polish brush. Get a healthy bead of polish on the tip, and place the brush in the middle of the base of the nail so you have room to create a sleek curve that bows out. Then, from the side of your nail, give a rounded swipe from the cuticle up to the free edge.
Step 4: Still using your black polish, make another rounded swipe from the cuticle to the free edge on the opposite side of the nail. You only want a middle red sliver to remain behind.
Step 5: Using the small dotter, dip the end into the white polish. Then place dots up the side of each nail that faces the middle finger. These dots are meant to mimic lace holes. Tip: You want to make sure you’re using a good white polish. Otherwise you’ll be stuck doing multiple coats to cover the black and it will get goopy.
Nailing the thumb and middle fingers:
Step 6: Using the white polish, make a cross as the center of the nails on your thumb and middle fingers. Then take out the medium dotter and round out each point with two white dots.
Step 7: Using the small striper brush, swipe each corner of each nail with white polish.
Step 8: Using the same tool, outline a diamond in the center of the cross with red polish. Then line the edge of each white corner with a stripe of red. Be sure when adding the red in this step to paint directly onto the white. Otherwise it will not be bold enough.
Step 9: Once the white is dry, it’s time to get that hand-sewn look. Still using the small striper brush, go in and paint a black line through the middle of each side of the white flower. This should leave a thin black cross inside of it.
Step 10: To mimic stitching, pick up the small dotter, dip it into the white polish and make a small dot right in the middle.
Polishing the pinkies:
Step 11: Using the small striper brush, paint a white diamond in the center of the nails on your pinkies. Don’t worry about getting a perfect point. You can always edge it with your black polish later.
Step 12: Using the same tool, edge the diamond with red lines. After, if you want to perfect the diamond shape, use your small striper brush to edge it in black.
Step 13: Just like you did with the flowers, make a black cross that cuts through the middle of each point. Then, using your small dotter, make a white dot in the center to mimic that fine Prada stitching.
Step 14: Give your look at least ten minutes to set and dry. Then apply the top coat and you’ll be good to go in another five minutes.
Would you try this nail art, inspired by Prada's flower appliqués?