June 5, 2014

Spring to Summer Floral Neon + Pastel Nail Art with China Glaze Polishes

 Nothing to Disclose

It has been a hot minute since I managed to actually blog nail art that wasn't during the Digit-al Dozen week (it's a challenge for a reason, eh?!)! I'm technically on vacation right now but I managed to blog anyway :p Today I've got some really detailed, busy floral nails to show you! I love them because they look like I wallpapered my nails :D This post is a lil' pic heavy because I love these nails and had a hard time killing my darlings (i.e. posting less photos) because so pretty - so make sure to click thru and see them all!!

Spring to Summer Floral Neon + Pastel Freehand Nail Art with China Glaze Polishes featuring Light as Air, Agro, Hook and Line, Surfin' For Boys, Fuchsia Fanatic, Love's a Beach on short nails | Manicurity.com

Spring to Summer Floral Neon + Pastel Freehand Nail Art with China Glaze Polishes featuring Light as Air, Agro, Hook and Line, Surfin' For Boys, Fuchsia Fanatic, Love's a Beach on short nails | Manicurity.com

Spring to Summer Floral Neon + Pastel Freehand Nail Art with China Glaze Polishes featuring Light as Air, Agro, Hook and Line, Surfin' For Boys, Fuchsia Fanatic, Love's a Beach on short nails | Manicurity.com

The Design

I had been craving a floral pattern because florals are the best. I google'd around for a fun image and found this pink floral texture from nopromises-stock on deviantArt (see it here) and I loved the mix of colors and textures. The watercolor-like effect of the petals with the olive greenery was really nice and seemed to match this weird transition from spring to summer and back to spring weather that we've had this past week in Miami. Using the image as inspiration, I painted my colors a base color of China Glaze Light as Air, then did small abstract freehand brush strokes to make the leaves. The blossoms and details were done with both dotting tools and nail art brushes. The nice part of a floral like this is that it looks really hard and detailed, but is easy to do because everything is sort of gestural. Yay! 

Spring to Summer Floral Neon + Pastel Freehand Nail Art with China Glaze Polishes featuring Light as Air, Agro, Hook and Line, Surfin' For Boys, Fuchsia Fanatic, Love's a Beach on short nails | Manicurity.com

Spring to Summer Floral Neon + Pastel Freehand Nail Art with China Glaze Polishes featuring Light as Air, Agro, Hook and Line, Surfin' For Boys, Fuchsia Fanatic, Love's a Beach on short nails | Manicurity.com

The Polishes

I used all China Glaze polishes for this manicure! Sometimes I like to limit myself to one brand so that it's a teensy bit more challenging and so that I can give some lovin' to polishes that need it. First I did two coats of CG Light as Air as my base - a greyed out pastel lilac, a wee bit lighter, pinker, and grayer than butterLondon Muggins. Then I used Agro from the Hunger Games collection and freehanded the blobby leaves on all my nails. Then it was time to do the blossoms!! I used Love's a Beach (shimmery neon pink), Hook and Line (frosty slivery grey), Fuchsia Fanatic (crelly fuchsia), Surfin' For Boys (shimmery neon coral), and a white creme. For the very final touches I did teeny tiny white dots to fill some spaces, and also went back with Light as Air to fill in some of the flower centers and add a 'weathered' look.

Spring to Summer Floral Neon + Pastel Freehand Nail Art with China Glaze Polishes featuring Light as Air, Agro, Hook and Line, Surfin' For Boys, Fuchsia Fanatic, Love's a Beach on short nails | Manicurity.com

Spring to Summer Floral Neon + Pastel Freehand Nail Art with China Glaze Polishes featuring Light as Air, Agro, Hook and Line, Surfin' For Boys, Fuchsia Fanatic, Love's a Beach on short nails | Manicurity.com
^^with camera flash - shimmery!
Spring to Summer Floral Neon + Pastel Freehand Nail Art with China Glaze Polishes featuring Light as Air, Agro, Hook and Line, Surfin' For Boys, Fuchsia Fanatic, Love's a Beach on short nails | Manicurity.com

I love how these turned out! They make me think of floral camo wallpaper. I love the color mix, and I never would have thought of combining these colors and textures (shimmery neons, pastel cremes) together on my own. Love the palette!

Do you stick to seasonal 'appropriate' polishes, or do you wear whatever you want all year round? Have you tried a freehand floral before?

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18 comments:

  1. These look great! I love the mix of colors and how they turned out. You make some of the most interesting nail art ever! :)

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    1. Ahhh thank you Lisa! What a nice comment, totally made my day =^.^=

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  2. This design is so stinkin' cute, I love it!!!

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    1. Wooo! Thank you so much Erin :) <3

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  3. These look really beautiful, stunning actually :)

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    1. Da bomb dot com?! Thanks so much Debbie!!

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