Happy May day peoples!

It’s the start of a new month and that can only mean on thing – the start of a new NAIL CHALLENGE!

You will see from yesterday’s post that Californails has produced a brand new set of themes for May. I love her challenges the most as they are easier to fit in as the posts are a few days apart. If you’ve never attempted a challenge before I would definitely encourage you to give it a go. You may have some nail fails along the way but it will encourage you to try new things and push yourself.

As always I will start this challenge all guns blazing – I’m sure with your encouragement and feedback I can definitely finish this time! My May isn’t looking too hectic so far so I have no excuse to lapse this time! Wish me luck!

Anyway, today I did a little sponging and a quick freehand design to create some Sunflower nails. I got my inspiration from this beautiful Rodarte dress. One of my all-time favourite nail artists is Miss Ladyfinger – who transforms her favourite fashion pieces into nail art. So I thought this time I’d try my hand at doing just that.

Rodarte sunflower dress

I started with a base colour of Barry M Mint Green.

 Picture of blue base colour

Then I sponged on an icy, blue shimmer by Natural Collection. I got this way back when  and it has no name on the bottle so unfortunately I can’t share exactly what this is (sorry!) but any metallic light blue will do. I used the sponging to try and recreate that crimped satin effect.

Picture of light blue sponged over mint polish

After clean-up (a chunky brush and some acetone swiped around the nails) I used a bright yellow and dark brown for the sunflower, with a highlight of gold. Then an MUA khaki green for the leaves.

 Final sunflower mani picture

Whenever I do a nail art manicure I struggle to find colours that are similar enough to look part of the same picture, without overpowering each other, and also different enough to have clear definition and clean lines. This was definitely true for this shimmery mix of pastels and brights – I wasn’t too happy with the finished look but was glad I had at least gave it a go.

Once again these picture were taken on my phone so apologies about the quality. I was keen to get the post up this evening and in time for the first day of the #NAILARTMAY challenge.

I love taking nail art inspiration from different places. So tell me, where do you find your nailspirations?




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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