Thursday, July 31, 2014

Nails in Bloom: ModCloth Nail Klub and Dresses Challenge

I love painting my nails, and I'm always on the lookout for new patterns and designs to copy on my nails. After reading this post on the Story by ModCloth blog about nail art inspired by party dresses, I decided to try a nail art design based on one of ModCloth's cute dresses. If you're ever looking for a unique dress, be sure check out ModCloth! They have an enormous selection of dresses for every occasion and budget.

One dress that stood out to me was this Bernie Dexter What a Dahlia Dress in Blooms. I love the bright scarlet color and bold floral pattern.

I knew that this pattern would be a challenge to replicate on my nails, so I broke it down into simple shapes. I first painted my nails with one of my favorite polishes: Francesca's nail lacquer in Falling For You. I can't find a link to buy the polish online, but be sure to look out for it. It's a great color!

The most important thing to remember when doing nail art is to let your nails dry completely before you begin adding details. Be patient!

I started by using a thin-point permanent marker to draw three vertical lines on each nail. As long as you use the permanent marker over a base coat of nail polish, it will easily come off with regular polish remover.

Next, I added petals by drawing teardrop shapes onto several of the vertical lines. To make the flowers, I dabbed some white nail polish (Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme in White On) circles onto the vertical lines, then used a bobby pin to dot a light blue (Essie Bikini So Teeny) center onto each flower. I also used a bobby pin to dot some white polish onto the black petals.

I let all of these details dry for a few minutes, then added some more details to the flowers using the black permanent marker. And that was it!

Let me know if you try this design, or if you make your own ModCloth-inspired nail art. I'd love to see how yours turns out!

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