As promised, here is a quick nail tutorial for all you laquer lovers! This is one of the first designs I got the hang of when I first started painting my nails with little designs on them, I now incorporate these into ‘Fruit Salad’ manicures along with watermelon and pineapple nails.
The strawberries are the easiest, please forgive me if you feel you can already do these with your eyes closed but I wanted to go with a simple one for my first nail tutorial!
So here goes!
1. Gather together your polishes.
I always, ALWAYS use a base coat and top coat. The best I’ve found are Seche Base Ridge Filling Base and Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat both available from many beauty websites online!
For the design itself, you need a bright red (or pink if you want girly strawbs!), leafy bright green and a pale yellow. You can see which ones I used above!
2. Apply base coat. Apply red (or pink!)
I would recommend doing a few coats to prevent the colour from looking streaky. Also, can I just apologise for the blurriness of the picture and the fact I’m doing it on a nail wheel.. My nails are not in great condition at the moment!
3. Create your leaves!
I use a cocktail stick for this bit! Dip your cocktail stick into your green and dab a blob at the top of the nail, drag the polish down and shape it into a triangle pointing downwards, then do two more either side and finally, drag the polish around the edges using the cocktail stick. You may need to do two coats of this if you are using a really runny polish, but always let the layers dry in between, otherwise the red underneath might come through and leave a marbly effect in the green.. and nobody wants mouldy strawberries!
4. Add pips/seeds!
Wow this is not the best picture! SORRY.. I’ll get better at this I promise! So next you want to add your little yellow thingummys.. I don’t know whether the right word is pips, or seeds or what. Either way.. you need ’em! Dip a clean cocktail stick in your light yellow, making sure you have a little glob on the end, then lightly touch it to the nail in the middle of the red. Use this middle dot to radiate outwards until you have a nice little dotty pattern. Try to make the dots a little elongated and not too uniform in size!
5. Top it off!
Finally, once all of your layers are dry, paint over your whole design with top coat! Even if your top coat is fast dry and will dry your other polish, it is important to let your other polish dry first as applying the topcoat on sticky polish might cause your yummy strawberry to run, and all your hard work will be ruined!
Here’s some I did a while ago!
These ones were my first attempt from about a year ago! They’re a bit messy and I am by no means a super great nail artist but practise makes perfect!
Have fun strawberrying up your nails! I’d love to see photos!
Enjoy! Kate x