MANI MONDAY: Abstract Flamingo Nail Art

by - August 24, 2020


One of the words in our #CBBxManiMonday Summer Lingo list is Flamingo and I've been trying to figure out how I wanted to do a flamingo themed mani since we started with this theme in July. It actually wasn't until I saw this mani by Paulina's Passions that it hit me and I decided to put my own spin on it and include flamingos instead of palm trees. Paulina's nail art is forever inspiring to me and I love, love, love when I get a burst of inspiration from another artists work - but I do like to give credit where credit is due and this was mostly born of her creativity. 

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I almost never do a white base for nail art because I (as of right now) don't have a white polish that I particularly like working with - I'm working on it - so instead of going pure white I went with OPI's Hue Is The Artist* from their Mexico City Collection from earlier this year. It's an almost white polish with just a hint of pink and a formula that I love working with. I applied two not-thin coats as my base and let them dry completely before I moved onto the nail art.

For the abstract blobbies (technical term, clearly) I wanted to keep it really cool toned, so I went with a periwinkle blue and a cool toned bubblegum pink. The trick to this mani, I've learned, is that you can't be too precious about your blobs - you just sort of have to plop them on there somewhat thoughtfully and trust that it'll all work out in the end even if it looks kind of bleh in that middle bit. Next, I decided to add little swipes of a metallic lavender polish (rather than using foil) just for a little added something. Again, I went with the lavender for the cool tone of it. 

While you could easily use a dotting tool to add more uniform dots at this point, I went with a nail art brush for a sort of more... blobby appearance. (Should I call this a blobby manicure?) Anyway, I used a teeny tiny little brush and black stamping polish for that. Next, I added the flamingo silhouettes to the middle two nails using the UR Sugar L-002 Stamping Plate because it had the largest flamingo image in my collection.

Finally, I finished with a generous coat of Top Coat and voila!

All Products Used
OPI - Hue Is The Artist*
Color Club - Wicker Park
Color Club - Holy Chic!
Tivoli Lavender Metallic Polish
Seche Vive Top Coat
Born Pretty Store Stamping Polish - Throne Nail Art Brush* - use code TRYSH for 10% off
UR Sugar UR-L002 Stamping Plate
BeautyBigBang Clear Stamper

I love that these abstract nail designs seem to really be blowing up this year because I think they're really accessible. If you remove the stamping from this design, you really don't need any special tools to get a look like this and it'll look great. You can also completely customize it however you want it. If you're interested in getting into nail art or even just want to try something new, I highly recommend trying something like this out!

Even though this is a pretty straight forward mani, head over to @pblnails on Instagram to check out my tutorial video - and be sure to follow me there for more nail art content and videos every week!

As always, be sure to head over to Cosmetic Proof and See The World In PINK to check out what the ladies did this week with our Summer Lingo theme for #CBBxManiMonday!

Thanks for reading!

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