Dandelion Nail Art

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Hello polished world!  How are you today?  I've been enjoying the Spring weather.  It rained here a few days ago and that washed all the pollen out of the air, so finally I can go outside without sneezing a gazillion times.  It's been wonderful.

With the burst of Spring and warm weather, the lovely dandelions made an appearance in the yards.  As a kid, I used to always run around and pick every single one.  They would be my little bouquet of flowers that I'd carry around with me or attach to my bike.  My favorite was when they turn from flowers to those puffy puffs balls.  I would always pick those and then blow the seeds everywhere making little wishes.

Last year, I saw the puffy make a wish dandelions on Pinterest and the idea was always in the back of my mind.  Whenever I wanted to sit down to do them, I never had the perfect color, or it was the wrong season.  Now, with all the dandelions in the yards, the perfect base color, I decided it was time.  

Let's take a look.  It was cloudy out, so it was back to the lightbox for this manicure.

Colors Used:

  • Orly - Boho Bonnet
  • INM - Northern Lights
  • Orly - Liquid Vinyl
  • Sinful Colors - Snow Me White

I received Orly Boho Bonnet as a giveaway prize from Nailed It Magazine.  When I saw swatches of it, I thought it was going to be more blue, but in real life it is more gray toned.  Regardless, it's a gorgeous polish which isn't as dark as normal grays because it does have a hint of blue in it.  I have light gray polishes which technically could have worked for this design  but I couldn't bring myself to do it, Boho Bonnet was screaming to be used.  I had full coverage in two coats, and mixed with Northern Lights, it was a perfect base for nail art.

Overall, I'm in love with this look.  I think if I used a different base I wouldn't have enjoyed it as much.  They're just so simple and vintage looking.  One person at first thought they were snow and quickly caught their mistake and realized what they were on second glance.

How I Got the Look

  1. Paint your nails the base color of your choice.  For this manicure, I used Orly Boho Bonnet with a quick coat of INM Northern Lights.
  2. With a nail art brush or striper, create the stem of the dandelion.  Put a little scooped base for where the puff ball will sit.
  3. Drip some white polish onto a paper plate.  With a nail art brush, pick up some of the polish and rub the excess off before painting on the nail.  Lightly brush the white onto your nail giving it a fluffy look.  If you push too hard on the brush or have too much white polish on the brush, it will not give you the same look.  You want to have brush strokes.
  4. Add some little white brush strokes around the dandelion flower and onto your other nails to represent the seeds blowing in the wind.
What do you think?  Cute?  Have you tried this design?  Like the tutorial?

I'm going to be including more tutorials over the next few weeks like this when I can.  I hope that you enjoy them and they are easy to understand.  Do you have any designs you would like to see or recommendations as to how I can make them better?

**Orly Boho Bonnet was given to me as a giveaway prize from Nailed It Magazine.  I purchased Sinful Colors Snow Me White, INM Northern Lights, and Orly Liquid Vinyl.  The opinions expressed are my own, please view my disclosure policy**

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