Just one look at these fun, feminine, and finger-flattering floral designs is sure to brighten your day — come rain or shine. Here are two easy-to-achieve manis for beautiful hands and a happy you all season long!
Lengthen nails with dazzling daisies.
Linear stems and a sparkling center direct focus vertically for the illusion of longer nails.
To do: Apply two coats of bright pink polish like essie in Pin Me Pink ($9, Ulta) onto nails; let dry. Dip a toothpick into yel-low polish like OPI Nail Lacquer in Exotic Birds Do Not Tweet ($13, Ulta) and dot two sets of five circles (the petals) onto the ring and index nails.
Once dry, dip a toothpick into a clear top coat like Orly Polishield ($11, Orly), dot it on the back of 4 stones like Fing’rs Heart 2 Art Nail Art Embellishments ($7.99, Walmart), then place one in the center of each daisy. Next, use a green striper polish like China Glaze Stripe Rite in It’s All About Monet ($4.29, Sally Beauty) to draw stems from the base of each flower. Let dry, then seal nails with a clear top coat.
Slim hands with tulip-topped tips.
Bright blooms on nail tips direct the eye up to “stretch” fingers so hands look leaner.
To do: Paint two coats of light pink polish like ella+mila in Pucker Up ($10.50, ella+mila) onto nails; let dry. Dip a striper brush into purple polish like Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Polish in Iris Illusion ($2.46, Walmart) and paint three pointed petals onto the index finger nail from mid-nail to tip; fill in. Repeat on the ring finger nail with yellow polish
Once nails are completely dry, outline all three petals on each flower using a white striper polish like L.A. Colors Art Deco Nail Art 901 in White ($4.09, Walmart). This effect defines the flowers, tricking the eye into seeing them as three-dimensional so they really pop. Let dry, then finish by sealing all nails with a clear top coat.
This story originally appeared in our print magazine, First For Women.
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