Elegant Leaves

Updated: Aug 6, 2019

When I think of one of the most popular nail art designs, this is the one I think of! This design has been around as long as I can remember and is one of the first nail art that started the movement it is today. IT has such an elegance to it and works for just about everything. Continue reading to see how I recreated this design!

For this design I used a small nail art brush, white acrylic paint, a tooth pick, and the following polish

Pink: Picture Polish "Embrace"

White: Sally Hansen "White On Time"

Nude: OPI "Act Your Beige"

And of course my current favorite quick dry top coat “Marvel Liquid Macro Top Coat" by SuperChic Lacquer.

How to:

First, I need to start of with my base colors. For my pointer finger, pinky, and thumb I applied two coats of Picture Polish "Embrace" followed by a layer of quick dry top coat. For my two accent nails, I applied two coats of OPI "Act Your Beige" followed but a layer of quick dry top coat. I applied a layer of top coat before drawing the leaves to ensure that the surface I was painting on was smooth. Sometimes when you paint your nails, the polish does not apply evenly. Most good quick dry top coats have a leavening agent in them that fills in any cracks or bumps. Also, the top coat allowed me to do the toothpick technique.

For the leaves, I used the nail art brush and the acrylic paint to draw them on. While the paint was still wet, I took the toothpick to scratch away some of the paint and shaped the leaves to how I liked. In order to do to do this, you have to make sure you first apply top coat. The acrylic paint does not stick to the top coat like a nail polish does and therefore you can scrape away any unwanted areas. You also have to make sure the paint is still wet when you scrape it away. It is still possible to scrape away when it is tried but it is much easier when the paint is dry.

Next, I used the Sally Hansen "White On Time" and the nail art brush to go over the white acrylic paint. I did this so that the top coat will stick to the design better and prevent lifting. Finally, I added two layers of quick dry top coat making sure each dried completely before applying the next.

Tell me what you think!

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