NAIL ART: Black & Yellow Honey Bee Nails

by - June 11, 2021

Have I spent months wanting to do bee nails and waiting for the right time? Yes. Yes, I have. This is one of those designs that I've been holding onto in the back of my mind, waiting for summer to get hot enough for the bees. (My brain works in a very, very specific way and I've learned to just accept it.) Anyway, it finally felt like it was time, so I dug around in my collection for a yellow nail polish that felt right and went to town with some favorite products in my collection and I'm kind of in love with the finished product. 

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I don't have a lot of yellow polishes in my collection. Why? Because generally yellow polish formulas are annoying to work with and also look truly terrible on me, so I tend not to reach for them very often at all. However, when you do as much nail art as I do, you need to have options all over the rainbow and I do have a few yellows to choose from. A favorite of mine is actually from the drugstore - Revlon Ultra HD Snap! Nail Polish in Marigold Maven is a really pretty golden yellow shade that gives two coat opacity in a really solid, easy to work with formula, and it felt like the perfect yellow to call bees to mind. 

I did want to add a topper to this though because I wanted a sort of... oozing honey feel? I decided to go with the Holo Taco Solar Unicorn Skin, which is warm toned iridescent flakie topper. Over this warm yellow base, the shift that you get with this topper is in the coppery orange to green family predominantly, which felt just right for what I was going for.

For my stamping, I knew I wanted to use the Whats Up Nails B058 nailsandtowel Stamping Plate, which has these two images that I think work beautifully together for a mani. For my pinkie and middle finger, I applied the honeycomb images, alternating the direction that I placed them so that the two nails didn't look the same. For the other image, which sort of feels like a modern, artsy honeycomb vibe, I actually split it up into two parts - the larger honeycomb design and the bees - and applied them separately to get a unique design. That's one thing I definitely appreciate about this plate specifically, I think it has a versatility that can stretch your creativity while also being one that you can use in a sort of no brainer way. It really is a fantastic plate.

Once I was happy with my stamping, I followed with a layer of water based top coat to seal it in and then finished with a quick dry glossy top coat for volume and shine. And voila!

All Products Used
Revlon Ultra HD Snap! - Marigold Maven
Holo Taco Solar Unicorn Skin
Whats Up Nails - Neither Noir
Piggy Paint Shine Top Coat
Glisten + Glow Top Coat
Whats Up Nails B058 nailsandtowel Stamping Plate
Whats Up Nails Magnified Clear Stamper

I love this plate and I love how this mani turned out. Weirdly enough, this is actually probably the first time that I've actually felt like yellow nail polish looked good on me even... it's a bee miracle!

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