Saturday, August 24, 2013

End-of-Summer Florals

Hi friends! Today is the last day to enter my Instagram giveaway, so if you would like to enter, do it quickly! Lately I've been feeling very busy. My family and I have been doing a lot of 'at-home' vacation type activities for the last two weeks. This includes having dinner at the CN Tower, going to the beach, family get-togethers, etc etc. It's all very fun, but I'm left totally wiped out when we get home. Last night I managed to squeeze in some easy floral nail art, and here's the finished product:

If you're interested, I posted this step-by-step image yesterday on Instagram for how to do these florals. I think the watercolour base is what really makes this manicure. It adds a lot of extra interest and colour while still remaining soft and subtle. The florals themselves were done primarily using the remaining two American Apparel shades from the new summer release. I hope to swatch those soon, but I'm just waiting for my nails to grow out a bit.

I started with a base of American Apparel T-Shirt on all of my nails except my ring finger, where I used American Apparel Santorini. For the watercolour base I added drops of American Apparel Santorini, American Apparel Summer Peach, and American Apparel T-Shirt, then diluted them with a brush dipped in acetone. I used  a small brush and American Apparel Santorini to start painting the flower petals. Then I shaded and added stems and leaves with American Apparel Lazuli. I finished it off by highlighting with American Apparel Summer Peach, followed by American Apparel T-Shirt.

As always, thank you for reading and have a great rest of the weekend!



  1. This looks absolutely wonderful, Brittney! :D I love it, it's subtle and classy, just perfect for a whole lot of occasions!

  2. I'm not a big fan of blue color, but when I saw your design with blue color I just fall in love! Another absolutely amazing manicure:)

  3. This is very lovely!!! Great job :)

  4. This is really beautiful. I love all the nails!

  5. Gorgeous flowers!! And thanks for the tutorial! :)

  6. Gorgeous! So loving this washed out-watercolour Summer Floral Manicure! Love the colour combo as well ♥ Subtle beauty! :)