Sunday, April 7, 2013

Rapunzel Nail Art

Aloha everyone!

This fun design was inspired by the Disney film "Tangled"! I had been wanting to do something with that flower from the movie, and decided to incorporate it with the lanterns and Rapunzel's famous hair. To create this look, I used China Glaze Lemon Fizz and Bahamian Escape, OPI Swimsuit...Nailed It!, Pamplona Purple, You're Such a Budapest, and Oy- Another Polish Joke, Julep Hayden, and Revlon Siren. Scroll through to see how I did it!

Step 1: Start with two coats of your base colors. For the middle and ring fingers, I painted on an ombre look, which you can read a step-by-step how-to for here. I did two coats of the ombre so that the colors would melt together better and give a deeper pigmentation. From tip to base on the ombre nails I used OPI Swimsuit... Nailed It!, China Glaze Bahamian Escape, and OPI You're Such a Budapest on top of two coats of white polish as always.

Step 2: Using two different-sized small dotting tools, paint the lanterns on top of the ombre. I first dotted on China Glaze Lemon Fizz, and then dragged the dots up slightly to create the lantern look. They don't have to be perfect, but make sure your vary the sizes and paint on slightly more towards the base to make them look like they are floating towards the sky. After Lemon Fizz dries, use Revlon Siren and make small dots along the bottom of each lantern to give them that "glowing" look. 

Step 5: Using a thin design brush, lightly paint waved streaks in OPI Oy- Another Polish Joke on top of the yellow nails to suggest strands of blonde hair. (I used China Glaze Lemon Fizz as the base for this.) 

Now you're done with your fingers! Here's what they should look like: 

Now on to the flowers...

Step 6: Using a short, thin design brush, draw a small circle in the center of the nail and fill it in. You may have to use more than one coat for the polish to be opaque. After drawing the circle, make six small dots around it indicating where the ends of each petal should reach. (Here you see eight... the two on the sides shouldn't be there. Trial and error!) I used Lemon Fizz again.

Step 7: Now carefully draw the petals with your small design brush. There should be six large ones (that you use the dots for) and six small lines between them. They should all be curved slightly in the same direction. Here you see what it looked like after one coat, but I actually ended up using two. 

Step 8: Taking the same brush, outline the circle and separate the petals with Pamplona Purple to give it a more floral look. I used two coats. It's slightly messy, but this was my first try. :)

And that's it! Here's some more photos of the finished look: 

I think it's really cute. I hope you do too! Happy polishing!


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