Sunday, February 5, 2012

??? Days of Blurple-tree nail art

Winter tree nail art, sunlight
Winter weather is a little late hitting us here in Northern California, so it wasn't until now that I thought break out these winter trees with my Wet n Wild blurple topcoat. It still barely feels like winter here, but this mani definitely put me more in a wintery mood.  I did this nail art without any special tools. Join me after the jump to learn how I achieved this look and what colors I used.

Winter tree nail art, natural light

I chose this nail art specifically because it looked like I could do it without any special tools. ( I do have some tools but I'm lazy to break them out, LOL.) The polishes I used for this manicure are:

China Glaze Kinetic Candy
Wet n Wild Little Luxuries unnamed blurple
Sally Girl unnamed white
Color Club Earthy Angel
OPI Last Friday Night

Winter tree manicure, from the Ladyluck Beauty blog
Above is my inspiration, a manicure that LadyLuck Beauty did back in early December. She obviously has more experience in nail art than me, because her trees look way better than mine. 

Winter tree nail art, natural light
For this manicure, I started with 2 coats of CG Kinetic Candy. After a day of wearing KC on its own, I added 2 coats of the Wet n Wild Little Luxuries unnamed blurple that has so vexed me.  Next, I  applied a little bit of white at the bottoms of my nails, using just the brush on the mini bottle. After that, I broke out a toothpick and some aluminum foil for the trees. I put some CC Earthy Angel on the foil and dipped my toothpick into the brown polish to start applying my tree. I drew my trees using the toothpick. After all that was dry, I used a ball point pen dipped in white to add some snowflakes.  My final step was topping it all off with a coat of OPI Last Friday Night for a cool glittery effect. 

Overall, I am pretty pleased with the result of this mani and am really glad I decided to do it for my experiment. I'm lucky I stumbled on Desiree's nail art because it's pretty, winter appropriate and I think the iridescent glitter adds a dreamy touch to it. It's a bit ironic that neither Desiree nor I live in a part of the world with snow in it, but maybe that draws us more to winter snowscape scenes. :)


  1. Omg thats soooo cute!!! So glad I inspired u!!! Dont worry sweetie, all you need is practice, that mani was a bit hard for me also, those trees are not easy to do, but I used a dotting tool to make them ;) I will post this link on my Facebook :)

  2. Thanks for the encouragement and for posting that as a link. It's very sweet of you :)