Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Palm Leaf Print Nail Art

I'm loving the palm leaf print lately! I see it all over the fashion industry so today I thought, why not try it on the nails? I know it can be a bit bold for some people so this is the perfect way to try out the trend, commitment free. 

At first, I thought this design would be a lot harder to create just because of the black base that I started off with. I was scared that the greens were not going to be opaque enough to show up on the black, but I was pleasantly surprised with their colour payoff! The trick to this design is to wait between layers before moving onto other shades of green.

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Revlon | Sassy
OPI | Green On the Runway
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear | Black Out
Nicole by OPI | Lay it on the Lime
China Glaze | Graffiti Glitter

I started off with 2 coats of Black Out for a smooth, opaque base to paint on. Taking some toothpicks, I worked with one shade of green at a time to create the different leaf shapes. It's best to use your most opaque green shades for this design as they will show up on the black the best. If you choose to use thinner polishes, try drawing your leaf shapes in white first and then going over with the shade. This will make the colour pop! Finishing off, I brushed on green sparkles from Graffiti Glitter in the empty spaces to add some more dimension. This step is completely optional and can be skipped entirely. 

I really love how this design turned out and I think it would look fabulous with neon colours as well. It was super easy to create and didn't require any fancy nail art tools. I'd love to see your recreations so be sure to tag your photos with #nailsandthreads on Instagram! 

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