NOTD | Strawberry Nails + Tutorial

stylelab beauty blog notd strawberry nails tutorial

With the current indian summer in full force it seemed like the perfect time to blog about my second attempt at some fruity-licious nails. This time, starring one of – if not my n°1 – favorite fruit: strawberries! Not an easy nailart to pull off, but with the right tools I’m pretty sure anyone can do it.

Tools:

  • 3 nail polishes in red, green and yellow (mine are from Essie, Bourjois and Hema)
  • scotch tape
  • scissors (preferably pinking shears/sawtoothed ones), you can find these at any hobby store
  • dotting tool (or a stippling nail polish/pen), mine’s from Yves Rocher
  • correcting pen, mine’s from Herôme

Before I start, let me just take a minute to look at this gorgeous new Essie purchase that serves as my base for this nail art. Hipanema was part of the summer 2013 collection and it’s a pretty bright red shade with an orangey undertone and a nice glossy finish. It’s completely opaque in just one layer, but – as always- I prefer to use 2 just in case.

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After the base is completely dry, it’s time for the real deal! Take a small piece of scotch tape and cut off the edges in the shape of a sawtooth to create the green leaves. You can easily do this if you have pinking shears. Do make sure they’re sharp though, otherwise you’re in for a lot of trouble. Of course you can do this with a free hand, but the pinking shears give the nail art a more cartoonesque effect.

Once you’ve cut all the pieces, you can stick them onto your nail, with the teeth close to your nail bed (and covering 80% of your nails). Make sure it sticks well before you start painting the 20% part green. Right before the nails are completely dry, slowly peel off the tape.

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Now all there’s left to do is drawing the seeds with a yellow nail polish. I used one from Hema, which wasn’t really suitable because it’s quite sheer (but it’s the only one I have that comes even close to the color I needed), so make sure you have a thick opaque one. You can either draw them on by dipping a dotting tool in your nail polish and carefully pressing them onto the nail or you can use a special nail art pen/striping polish. Many brands like Models Own, 2B, Hema.. carry these nowadays so they’re not that hard to find.

After that’s done you can use a correcting pen to remove any of the spilt nail polish and add a top coat for some more longevity and gloss if you’d like. The result should look somewhat like this:

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What do you think of this strawberry nailart? Planning on giving it a go?

Need more fruity inspiration? Have a look at my watermelon nails.

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