Retro Flower Nail Art

Okay so, it’s currently 01.46am and I’m listening to Gangnam Style VERY loud and sipping a hot cup of tea, what could be better? I thought it was probably about time I updated my blog… at last! I’ve actually set myself a goal to write a blog post every two days as part of a personal development plan which has really helped me get back on my feet. If you’re interested, ask me more in the comments!

Before I start, I wanted to give my Tiny Granny a quick mention, she sadly passed away last Sunday morning after cancer overcame her body, but it seemed a peaceful end so for that I am grateful. Sending her all my love.

I actually created this design in September, while I was doing the 30 Days of Untrieds Challenge (which I accidentally forgot read:failed to keep up with!), so apologies that this rather summery design comes to you mid-winter…! So here is day 14: flowers, finally!

Flowers nail art floral blue pink purple white dotted inspired dress retro summery impress nails design spring summer 30 days untrieds challenge Barry M Barielle Sally Hansen Marks and Spencer Revlon UK blog

Flowers nail art floral blue pink purple white dotted inspired dress retro summery impress nails design spring summer 30 days untrieds challenge Barry M Barielle Sally Hansen Marks and Spencer Revlon UK blog (2)

Flowers nail art floral blue pink purple white dotted inspired dress retro summery impress nails design spring summer 30 days untrieds challenge Barry M Barielle Sally Hansen Marks and Spencer Revlon UK blog (2)

Flowers nail art floral blue pink purple white dotted inspired dress retro summery impress nails design spring summer 30 days untrieds challenge Barry M Barielle Sally Hansen Marks and Spencer Revlon UK blog (2)

Flowers nail art floral blue pink purple white dotted inspired dress retro summery impress nails design spring summer 30 days untrieds challenge Barry M Barielle Sally Hansen Marks and Spencer Revlon UK blog (2)

Flowers nail art floral blue pink purple white dotted inspired dress retro summery impress nails design spring summer 30 days untrieds challenge Barry M Barielle Sally Hansen Marks and Spencer Revlon UK blog (2)

What I used:

  • Barry M Retro Electric Dreamsย (as the base colour)
  • Barry M Retro Pink Sunshine
  • Barielle Swizzle Stix
  • Barry M Matt White
  • Revlon Jelly
  • Sally Hansen Purple Pizzazz (the one colour I regretted as it just wouldn’t show up with the vibrancy of the others!)
  • Marks and Spencer Pink
  • Barry M Indigo (for the dots outside the flowers)
  • Barielle Island Breeze (for the dots in the centre of the flowers)
  • Barry M All In One Topcoat
  • Medium sized dotting tool

How I did it:

I started with one coat ofย Barry M Retro Electric Dreamsย – it’s so opaque that it only needed the one coat. Once that had dried, I just started making randomly arranged 5-dot flowers using the medium sized dotting tool and the various colours listed above. Once I had reached what seemed like a completed look where the flowers were concerned, I flipped over the dotting tool to the thinner end, and used it to make dots in the centre of each flower using Barielle Island Breeze. The look was missing something, so, using the thinner end of the dotting tool again, I created random dots to fill in the gaps with Barry M Indigo. I then finished it off with a slick of topcoat.

I was so pleased with this nail art, I loved it on my nails so much; although it’s ever so simple it looks super on your nails. It was inspired by a dress that I saw and fell in love with in the summer, which of course I HAD to buy, and I wore it all through the summer. The print is a mix of electric blue as the base, with hot pink, white, baby blue, baby pink, dark blue and purple flowers, and I still am pretty awed by how gorgeous it is.

Have you ever been inspired by an item of clothing and put it on your nails? This is definitely a fun thing to do, clothing is an incredible source of wild, original prints and is a world of inspiration!

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Disclaimer: Everything mentioned in this blog post was either bought by myself with my own money, or given to me as a gift from friends/relatives. All opinions expressed here are my own.