Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Vintage Gradient Floral Nails

Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Hi everyone!

Looking back on some of my favorite nail art that I’ve done this past [almost] year, my favorite has always been my floral Vampire Weekend nails.  I don’t think I could ever recreate them, but whenever I look at them I want to create some new floral nails, and floral nails are just so fun to do!

I decided to create some “vintage” florals this time, so I started with two coats of China Glaze V as my base, which is such a beautiful, peachy, terracotta polish.  Then, I added a gradient using Zoya Jacqueline and Square Hue Westminster.  I’ve never painted florals over a gradient base, but I’ve had the idea in my head for a while now.  The flowers took me a few hours to paint (per hand - yes, I did both), because I wanted each nail to be unique, and they turned out just as I had hoped.

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While I was at Michael’s recently, I found this really amazing brush that I wanted to show you all as well.  It’s the only brush I used to paint these floral nails, and I just went back to get another one because it’s that good.  It’s the 18/0 Round brush by La Corneille.

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To paint the flowers, I used twelve different polishes.  I know that sounds like a lot, but I like to use at least 3 shades of polish per flower so that they look more realistic.  I’m just going to list all of the polishes I used down below, because I would be writing this for ages if I listed specifics!

Polishes used:
China Glaze: V, and Westside Warrior
CND: Flamingo Feather, and Tropic Coral
Dior: Grege
Essie: Fiji, Da Bush, Mind Your Mittens, and Warm & Toasty Turtleneck
Square Hue: Buckingham, and Westminster
Zoya: Jacqueline

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I hope you all enjoyed these nails as much as I do, and thank you for reading! :)


Kristin



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47 comments :

  1. This just cements it. I'm actually glad you beat me at the Nail Polish Canada challenge. You deserve it!

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  2. Kristin wow.. I don't know how you continue to outdo yourself but you do. These are BEYOND stunning! Words diminish their beauty.. you've got such an amazing eye for color! If I had half of your talent-no an ounce, I would be taking my butt (and my hands) to someone who could put me in a magazine. Why aren't your nails on a huge billboard yet somewhere or modeling?! Seriously. This design is amazing and if you ever do a tutorial I swear I'll devote my life to learning it haha I would love to replicate this.

    -end novel :)

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    1. Thank you so much! I’ve been loving all of your comments, seriously. That would be my dream to be in magazines or on a billboard, I just wish I had some connections, I’m not sure how to get to that point! I’ll try my best to make a tutorial for you though! :)

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    2. If I may enter your conversation, I would like to suggest http://www.nailsmag.com/ you should contact them, your work is just too exquisite, it needs to be seen. Hope I could be of any help.

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  3. I can't stop looking at these. Just amazing!

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  4. Absolutely stunning! I would have sworn those are stickers or nail wraps, they are that good! Hats off!

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  5. I m so amazed n inspired .. I might try them some day. I know I cant do the way u did but I will try .

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  6. Hands down the best nails i've seen for a while. Utterly gorgeous, be proud! :)

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    1. Wow, thank you so much! I’ll be sad to remove them, definitely! :)

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  7. I cant even fathom that you did this freehand. They're just perfect. I have the same detail brush and I have never been able to master it like you, you have an amazing skill <3

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    1. Thank you so much! I just picked the brush up on a whim, but I’m so glad I did! :)

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  8. OMG! They are perfect!
    I don't know what else I can say!!

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  9. Loooovee these! I use the same brush! I only wish I could be as talented as you! Would love to learn some of your ticks! (maybe a tutorial...hmm!) ;)

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    1. Thank you!! I have got a tutorial coming, hopefully! :)

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  10. Totally gorgeous! I too, love that brush.

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  11. i don't know what to say to you. Cause this mani is absolutely perfect. You did an amazing job. I'm in love here by this mani!! :D

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  12. WTF... This is the most amazing nailart ever! As said before: love to see the tutorial. You must be in a magazine!!!

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    1. Thank you so much Cindy. I’m trying my best to make a tutorial! :)

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  13. Like I said on Facebook, most incredible floral nail art I have ever seen. The details blow me away. Work of art!

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  14. These are so seriously amazing! I looove the pattern you chose and how you executed it, and the fact that you did it on *both* hands and with polish rather than acrylics absolutely blows me away! You have beautiful nails, hands, and photographs, too! Definitely going to be trying this brush out for small detail work. :D

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    1. Thank you so much! I definitely can’t live without this brush now! :)

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  15. Ooh wow. Just really wow. This is perfecion. Truly amazing!

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  16. WOW KRISTIN!!!! That must have taken you soooo long, at first I thought they were decals!!! I really don't like flowers on nails, but these are just so beautiful, well done and vintage not to love! What a fantastic job!! Best floral nail art....ever!

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    1. Thank you!! I think that’s the best compliment when people think they are stickers or appliques! I’m definitely proud of these ones. :)

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  17. That is absolutely stunning! I'm also a Toronto Nail Blogger :)

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    1. Thank you! Nice to see another nail artist from Toronto! :)

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