These tulip nails use your natural nail shape for its borders, so you don't need to be an expert with the detailing brush to get these spring nails right. What you do need are a few spring colors, like Love at First Lavender and Dating the Duke from Sation and Darcy from Zoya. You'll also need a black and a white polish for your accents and background and, of course, a topcoat to finish it off. The best brush I've found for this design is a skinny, short liner brush.
1. Apply a protective base coat; then paint your nails white. I like Alpine Snow from OPI.
2. With one of your bright colors (I used Love at First Lavender), paint the outline of your first petal. It should look like the center section of a Venn diagram.
3. From the center of the first petal, paint an arched line toward your sidewall. Repeat on the other side.
4. Fill in the petals.
5. With your spring teal (like Dating the Duke), paint horizontal arcs below the petals and fill them in. These are the leaves of your tulip.
6. Load your striping brush with a tiny bit of black polish, like Black Onyx from OPI. Trace the inner edges of the petals as shown. If you'd like, add little dashes right above the leaves to give your tulips some dimension.
As with all nail polish, let each coat dry before putting on the next and be sure to finish with your topcoat. That's the best way to keep your design longer and blend all the aspects of it nicely. Happy Spring!
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