What’s that we smell? A hint of daffodils in the air? The sweet coconut-scented sunscreen you’re packing for your spring break vaca? A little something else wafting in the air at Coachella and other hipster festivals? A change of season is in the air. And lighter, brighter weather means lighter, brighter nails (we hear that even dark polish loyalists take a hiatus from the monotony of black manis come March). Trust us, once you see this season’s prettiest sun-drenched hues, you’ll never want to take them off. Here’s how to wear them solo or if you’re up for some seriously pinterest-worthy nail art, courtesy of celebrity nail queen and Essie artist Rita Remark.
3. Begin the leaf pattern by polishing the stem with a curved line. To create the bird of paradise palm leaf, polish a tapered oval outline first, making sure to leave the distinctive cut-outs. When the outline is complete, fill it in. Let polish dry for 2-3 minutes.
A delicate, oh-so-pretty pink plumeria so feminine it makes us blush
Nail it with nail art:
Retro Specs (see image above)
1. After a thin layer of First Base base coat, apply two coats of Backseat Besties on the middle and ring finger nail of each hand, and a darker fuschia pink like B’aha Moment! on the thumb, pointer, and pinkie nails. Let polish completely dry.
2. Using a detail brush, create sunglass frames on the middle and ring fingers with a juicy green like On The Roadie and B’aha Moment! Start with one horizontal line and add two half circles to form each sunglass shape. Let dry for 2-3 minutes.
3. Fill in the sunglass frames with a dark blue like All The Wave. Let dry.
4. Seal with clear top coat.
Rather than dipping your detail brush directly in the bottle, which can gather excess polish, put a few drops of polish onto a disposable palette (or piece of aluminum foil) for a precise amount.
**Tell us what your favorite nail art design is in the comments below!
About the Author:Karina Giglio is a lifestyle, beauty and health writer whose work has appeared in numerous national publications including Women’s Health, Washingtonian, Ladies Home Journal, OK!, Allure, Fitness, Marie Claire, Bride’s and The New York Post. She was a regular contributor to makeup.com, and her articles and blog posts can be found on prevention.com, dailyglow.com, yahoo.com and huffingtonpost.com. Karina has worked onstaff at Cosmopolitan and YM, as well as being part of the original Sephora.com launch team