NAIL ART: Fresh Pink & Yellow Spring Daffodil Nails

by - April 01, 2022

I am definitely having a moment with floral nails right now - partially because my mind and body are just fully and completely ready for spring (and maybe bracing in hopes that we don't end up with the kind of late season blizzard that isn't all that uncommon here in the beginning of April) and partially because I'm sort of in love with the new Whats Up Nails B074 A Flower A Day Stamping Plate*. It's such a great combination of Easter images (which will definitely pop up soon in Easter themed mani's) and really gorgeous floral images that I just love. Obviously I had to put together a spring mani featuring this really gorgeous daffodil image, right??

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If there was one thing I was certain of, it was that I needed to fill in the daffodil image with Holo Taco's Lemon Sucker, which is actually new to my collection thanks to a friend of mine destashing it. It was actually figuring out what I was going to pair it with that gave me the most issues. In the end, I decided to grab for Alchemy Lacquer's Spice Spice Baby from January's Spices & Condiments themed PPU. I can't even begin to tell you how glad I am that I picked this up because it's such a perfect warm pink and it has that really pretty golden sunset sort of flash. It's just kind of perfect. Honestly, don't sleep on Alchemy Lacquer. I've only tried maybe 4 or 5 shades, all from PPU, but every single one of them has been really beautiful both in performance and look. 

For this mani, I applied 2 coats of Spice Spice Baby to all of my nails as my base.

Like I said, the must have for this mani was the yellow holo daffodils, which I think have an incredible springy pop. I used a small dotting tool to fill in the flowers, starting with around the edges and then just using the brush from the bottle to fill in the center. This is actually a great image for reverse stamping because the fill isn't fussy at all and you have fairly thick lines to act as a buffer. Next, I went in with a nail art brush and filled in the leaves in a dark shimmery green that has a bit of a blue shift to it, which I think makes it work really, really well in this context. I let the images dry down on the stamper head until they were dry to the touch but still flexible, applied a thin layer of sticky base coat, and then just slapped the image onto the nail - which is not true. I was actually pretty specific in the placement of the flowers because I did want the two stamped nails to look different from each other, so I took a little time to place it how I wanted.

To clean up, I used a metal cuticle tool to cut away the excess of the image and then crisped up the edges with a clean up brush dipped in acetone. Next, I sealed in the stamping with a nail art top coat and let that dry before applying a QDTC to all of my nails for shine and volume. And voila!

All Products Used
Alchemy Lacquer - Spice, Spice Baby
Holo Taco - Lemon Sucker
Dam Nail Polish - Star Crossed Clovers**
Whats Up Nails - Neither Noir
Orly Bonder Base Coat
Apipila Smudge Free Top Coat
Cuticula Limitless Quick Dry Top Coat
Whats Up Nails B074 A Flower A Day Stamping Plate*
Whats Up Nails Magnified Clear Stamper Dotting Tool** 11mm Nail Art Brush**

* = PR Gifted
** = PR Gifted/Affiliate ~ use code TRYSH

I have to say, I am so completely obsessed with how this mani turned out. It has that bright, springy freshness with the pink and yellow as well as a gorgeous glow from all of the polishes I used, but I think what really drives it home is how absolutely gorgeous this image is. Whats Up Nails really does never disappoint for me when it comes to their stamping plates and their new releases are just beautiful. 

Be sure to come back next week for more nail art from two more new Whats Up Nails Stamping Plates* that were very kindly gifted to me by the brand!

Thanks for reading!

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