NAIL ART: 80s Graphic Abstract Pastel Nails

by - April 10, 2023

When I tell you I was excited about the new Whats Up Nails Bloominosity Collection*, I was REALLY excited. I love Whats Up Nails Stamping Polishes, so I'm always excited about a new launch, but I was particularly excited that they were doing a collection of pastels. Pastel stamping polishes aren't as common as one might hope and I pretty frequently do find myself wishing that I had a full rainbow of them in my collection - and now I do! As soon as I had them in hand, I wanted to use them and I was 100% ready to go fully kitchen sink with them... so I did! Minimalist, this mani is definitely not. 

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I really wanted these pastel stamping polishes to be the star of this mani, which meant that I had to have the right base polish. I didn't want to go too light and have them get washed out, but I also didn't want to go too dark because I wanted this to be full spring, so I ended up splitting the difference and starting with one of my personal favorite purple polishes - Color Club's Pucci-licious, which is a super saturated lavender shade. I not only felt like this had the depth I was looking for, but it also works really well, I think, with the peach, pink, blue and yellow stamping polishes that I was using gor this mani.

I started by applying one generous coat of Pucci-licious to all of my nails as my base and let that dry down.

To create the actual nail art, I ended up going with blobs and squiggles for the bulk of it and added some finer details at the end for visual interest. I started with the blobs, which I applied at opposing corners of each nail in a combination of peach, pink and yellow. Next, I went in with two different squiggle images, applying both to each nail in either pink, pink, or yellow. I tried not to let any of the nails be exactly the same because I think it ends up being more interesting that way. At this point, I decided that the mani needed something else, so I decided to go in with some quite fine loops and dots images in black and white on each nail and I think it really brought everything together.

Once I was happy with my design, I sealed everything in with a nail art top coat and then followed with a matte top coat to bring down the shine. And voila!

All Products Used
Color Club - Pucci-Licious
Whats Up Nails - Egg Crasher*
Whats Up Nails - Cherished Blossoms*
Whats Up Nails - Sky Glider*
Whats Up Nails - Apricot Horizon*
Whats Up Nails - Neither Noir*
Whats Up Nails - Blanc My Mind*
Apipila Smudge Free Top Coat
Anchor & Heart Sea Glass Matte Top Coat
Nicole Diary L36 Stamping Plate
Whats Up Nails Magnified Clear Stamper & Scraper*
Pueen Latex Tape Liquid Peel Off Cuticle Guard*

* = PR Sample

I'm honestly so, so excited to keep playing around with this collection of stamping polishes (which I'm actually quite sure will probably also get used as regular polishes as well) so keep an eye out for more pastel mani's coming up. You can purchase this collection at either individually or all together!

Be sure to head over to Cosmetic Proof and See The World In PINK today to check out more Pastel/Easter themed nail art for this week's #CBBxManiMonday and check out @pblnails for the video tutorial!

Thanks for reading!

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