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How To: Floral Nail Art for Spring

Florals are back in a big way, and there’s nothing Anne of Green Gables about them. We’ve been intrigued by bloom-inspired designs ever since Zooey Deschanel showed off a daisy mani at the Golden Globes. Here are three looks you can experiment with, whether you’re a nail art amateur or a manicure master.

Pastel Petals

To get this delicate look, start by painting your nails with one to two coats of pale polish like Color Club’s Breakfast At…, one of our favorite new minty shades. After your nails dry, use a white nail art pen or brush to draw small, scattered petals across your tips. If you don’t have a nail pen, drop a circle of white polish onto your nail and use a paperclip or the tip of a pen to pull the wet polish to a point. I like varying the number of petals per nail. After everything is dry, add a glossy top coat for extra shine.

Tulip Tips

If traditional flowers don’t suit your style, try this abstract take on the trend. Begin by painting your nails with two coats of a pink, orange, or red polish—I’m using Live.Love.Carnival by OPI. After it dries, paint two leaf shapes diagonally near your cuticles. For perfectly straight lines, use Scotch tape as a stencil (learn how to use tape on your nails here!). Clean up any stray color with a Q-tip or a small brush dipped in polish remover, then finish with a shiny top coat.

Bright Blossoms

The best part about this blooming design? It’s virtually impossible to mess up. Start by painting your nails with a pale shade—I’m loving Color Club Aquamarine Azulino, a soft baby blue. Next, dip a Q-tip in a bright polish like Floss Gloss’ Fast Lane and dab several dots across the base of your nail. Continue adding splashes of color across the bottom of each nail, using different shades—I used I Just Can’t Cope-Acabana from OPI and Deborah Lippmann’s Lara’s Theme. Let the colors dry, and then add one to two layers of a clear top coat for a smooth, bump-free finish.

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