Do you partake in pastels?


Spring has most definitely sprung here in the UK. Not only does the sun shine on my way home now but the blighter now peeps through the curtains in the morning to wake me before the alarm clock. I much prefer to be woken by the sun than the loud din of my annoying phone alarm. Plus these light nights mean I am able to get out in the evenings and make the most of the long days – roll on summer I say.


Whenever I think of spring, I think of pastels. Every polish brand will bring out their own pastels collections come spring but I must admit I am not a huge pastels fan. Perhaps because I’m so pale and feel they just wash me out. However, it’s been a few weeks since I did some freehand nail art so I fell back on the tried and tested rose manicure.


This was the kind of nail art I started with and it’s so super easy a step-by-step tutorial seemed unnecessary. Although I understand that some people feel apprehensive at starting anything creative without a guide so I’ve done a quick ‘how to’ below.


Step 1) Paint your nail with your chosen base colour

Step 2) Apply 5-6 blobs of polish dotten across the nail for the roses

Step 3) Using the nib of your nail art pen (or a small brush) add coils to the dots from the centre out (don’t worry about keeping the lines neat; wibbly lines can look more ‘artistic’ I think)


Step 4) Add leaves to 2-3 of the roses using a small nailart brush

Step 5) Seal the design with a good, quick-dry topcoat


The products I used were:

Ciate Ferris Wheel – a cool pastel blue (3 coats)

Ciate Ivory Queen – for the pink dots

ModelsOwn Nailart pen in White – to add petal details

ModelsOwn Apple Pie – for the pastel green leaves

And here is the final design:


I hope spring has reached wherever you live. Have you swapped your winter wardrobe for your summer one yet? Or more importantly, have you rotated your nail polish for the change in the season?



About lushnails

I'm a qualified Nail Technician based in Liverpool. This blog is my way of sharing some of my favourite techniques, products and nail designs. I love all things rainbow-coloured and spangly! Hope you enjoy reading/viewing :)

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