NAIL ART: Cool Toned Spring Pastel Floral Nails

by - April 12, 2023


I have to say, I'm so excited to be getting into spring nails and finally doing some florals. Something about my brain keeps florals pretty much exclusively for spring, so I always wait until the weather is warm to get them on my nails. I'm also pretty intent on putting together some interesting bases again. I always get excited to play with smooshes or sponged on bases and all of the really fun things you can do to create texture and interesting base looks. Honestly, I'm just excited to get excited about nail art again, if that makes sense.

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For the base for this mani, I decided to do a sponging technique that works sort of like a sponged on gradient, but rather than a vertical or horizontal transition through different colors, this one just uses dots of them to I guess almost give a sort of watercolor look. I used three stamping polishes in pink, blue and purple for this because the pigmentation of them makes it really easy.

I started by applying one coat of a very pale blue créme polish as my base, just to give the sponging something to stick to really, and I let that dry down completely. Next, I applied sort of random dots of polish to a makeup sponge. It's best not to be too precious about this step, but also to be sure that you keep your dots sort of big and apply a fair bit of polish just to make sure that you get a good balance and blend. Next, I pounced the sponge onto the nail, being careful not to move it around too much as I pounced. You want to get a good blend, but also maintain the individual colors so that it doesn't get muddy.

Once I was finished with the sponging, I went in with a holo top coat to add a little bit of texture to the design, but also to sort of smooth everything together and ensure that the blend looks as even and seamless as possible. That's one of my #1 tips if you're struggling with getting a smooth gradient - a holo or other fine glitter top coat is a game changer.

For the stamping, I kept it really, really simple with this really sort of playful floral image. On my middle two fingers as well as my thumb, I applied the full image as normal. For my pinkie and pointer fingers though, I removed a chunk of the image at a diagonal so that I could get apply a partial image at one end of the nail. I really like to do this type of mani because I feel like it's a really sort of no brainer way to add a lot of visual interest to a design.

Once I was happy with my stamping, I sealed everything in with a nail art top coat and then finished with a generous layer of quick dry glossy top coat for shine and volume. And voila!

All Products Used
Pueen Cosmetics - 802 Baby Blue*
Pueen Cosmetics - 808 Sweet Pink*
Pueen Cosmetics - 812 Charmed Lilac*
Pueen Cosmetics - 806 Pure White*
Pueen Cosmetics 112 Stamping Plate
Pueen Cosmetics Chunky Soft Transparent Stamper
Pueen Cosmetics Latex Tape Liquid Peel Off Cuticle Guard*
Color Club - Astro-Naughty
Holo Taco - Linear Holo Taco
Apipila Smudge Free Top Coat
Vibrant Vinyls Fast & Hard Top Coat

* = PR Sample

I am seriously so excited to do more playing around with spring nail art designs. I admit I was getting a little bit fatigued over the winter and was struggling for ideas and inspiration, but with this new season I am really right back into excitement.

If you're interested in any of the Pueen products I used to create this mani, they are all available from Amazon and I highly, highly recommend all of them! Also, be sure to head over to @pblnails on Instagram to check out the video tutorial for this mani!

Thanks for reading!

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