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How to: gingham & rose nails
For flawless nails and for ease of painting I created this nail art on false nails, which I then apply to my nails once the design is dry. I used Elegant Touch Totally Bare false nails for a neutral base. Paint the nails with a base coat of white nail polish (do 2 coats if necessary) and allow to dry completely.
Cut small pieces of nail striping tape and lay them horizontally across the nail, making sure the gaps between the tape are alternately wide and narrow. Paint a light blue nail polish in the wide gaps between the tape. Remove the tape and let the blue polish dry completely.
Cut more pieces of the striping tape and lay them vertically across the nail, again making sure that the middle gap is narrower than the two either side. Paint the light blue nail polish in between the wide gaps, then remove the tape and allow to dry completely.
Using a paint brush, paint a darker shade of blue nail varnish on the squares where the lines cross, then allow to dry.
For the rose, paint a rough circle of light pink nail polish using a paint brush - it doesn't have to be perfect by any means. Do this on one of your nails on each of your hands and also each of your thumbs.
Use the paint brush to paint a couple of leaves with a dark green nail varnish. On the rose, paint on lines in a darker pink shade of nail polish - draw a little 'u' shape in the middle, then draw another slightly bigger one opposite, interlocking them as you move outwards. Finally, paint a few lines of white nail polish to accent the rose. Once the rose is completely dry, finish with a top coat.
Madison Stormare is a teacher by day and a nail artist by night, documenting her creative designs on her blog, Fundamentally Flawless. Madison has a particular interest in experimenting with different techniques to achieve designs that to many would seem impossible, and has also been known to create her own techniques. You won't find Madison without a dotting tool or striper brush to hand!