My nails are currently at that length that is perfect for reds or blacks, in my opinion. I don't like using red or black polish when my nails are too long, because the red and black can make them look like witch claws, or when they're too short, because then they can make them look really stubby. Do you know what I'm talking about, or is it just me? So, I knew I wanted to use a bright red, and I really wanted to do Hawaiian-inspired dotted flowers on each nail.
I am so in love with this funky, flowered nail art:
Do they not remind you of cute, little white Hawaiian flowers? Here are the steps I followed to create this look:
- Apply 1 coat of CND Stickey base coat to each nail
- Paint on 2 coats of OPI Color So Hot It Berns
- Using a dotting tool and China Glaze White On White, place dots in a flower pattern on the nail. I tried to do about 3 flowers per nail with 5 dots each... but it didn't work perfectly every time so I just went with it
- Using that same dotting tool, drag each dot toward the center of the flower pattern. This creates the flower petal look. Usually, I place another dot in the center of each flower in a contrasting color, but this time I decided to skip it.
- Decorate each nail with this same technique... or just do an accent nail... either way!
- Note: If you apply top coat right away, it will basically blend the flower design back into just 5 white dots. To prevent this, I went to bed and waited until the next morning to apply top coat. Last time when my flowers blended together I was really bummed, and waiting about 12 hours really seemed to help... though I'm sure you probably don't need to wait that long...
- Finish with 1 coat of CND Super Shiney top coat and 1 coat of OPI RapiDry top coat (I like the combo of those 2 top coats together).
The most awesome part about this flower pattern is that it can be totally messy, but still look really cute! I will admit that I definitely messed up a couple of the flowers... but you can't even tell because none of them are perfect. Another bonus of this nail art is that it's easy to do with your non-dominant hand. In fact, my right hand might even look better than my left hand this time. Imagine that!
Also, Color So Hot It Berns is definitely my favorite red creme of all time. Oh my. It was opaque in one coat, but with 2 it was even more spectacular. I love love love it. What a perfect red!