Good afternoon, everybody! Happy First Day of Spring! So, since today is getting everyone jet-set for Spring, today’s post is a highlight of my 31 Day Challenge from 2016. And the design is…

… Tulip French Manicure!!!!!!!!!! This design is sweet, original, and very pretty. It’s the perfect Springy way to start off your nail art’s Spring season. I have a polishes/tools list, art guide, and step-by-step for you on this fine afternoon. Enjoy!

Polishes/Tools used in this design:

OPI: Basecoat

(optional) OPI: Bubble Bath (sheer nude)

Craft Smart: Acrylic Paint Value Pack *This Craft Smart pack was unavailable on Amazon, and this link is for an Apple Barrel pack; I’ve heard great things about this acrylic paint, too!

Polish substitutes for acrylic paint: 

wet n wild: Red Red (bright red)

Revlon: Posh (nature green)

Pure Ice: Showstopper (bright yellow)

Sally Hansen Insta-dri: Black to Black (opaque black)

Sinful Colors: Snow Me White (opaque white)

Seche Vite: Dry-Fast Topcoat

Winning Nails: Nail Art Brush (detailing size)

essence: Duo Stylist

Clear Tape *Available at local stores

Craft Scissors

Step 1:

Apply a basecoat, (wait 2 minutes or less) and then an optional one coat of sheer nude polish; let dry completely 5-10 minutes.

Step 2:

 Once you’ve assured that your polish is completely dry, cut two triangles with clear tape. Place them as the art guide above shows and press down firmly.

Step 3:

Using red acrylic paint or polish, fill in the tulip shape below the two pieces of tape down to your free edge; let dry 4-7 minutes.

Step 4:

Add two little leaf shapes across from each other on the very tip of the nail.

Step 5: 

On one nail (this will be your accent nail), paint a little bumble bee slowly flying away from the tulip. Make a yellow oval with a dotting tool or detailing brush. Let it dry for a minute or two, then draw two to three black stripes. Use white to create one or two little wing shapes on the back of the body. Finish the bee by making little black dashed lines like a beeline coming from the tulip.

Step 6:

Let the whole design dry for about 5 minutes, then apply a fast-drying topcoat to protect your pretty tulips.

And that’s all! Easy, right? If you try out this fun and flowery manicure, tag your post with #threesixtynails!

Follow @threesixtynails on Instagram; there’s always post notifications and more ALL THINGS NAILS fun! Use #threesixtynails if you’re inspired to re-create any of the designs from the blog or my Instagram so I can see, like, and comment. Check out the Nail Shop for all the supplies a nail artist could want, Nail Buzz for the latest scoop on polished news, and the rest of the site. See you Wednesday! Have a fun and warm Spring day! 🙂 Bye!

– Cali, host of threesixtynails

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Cali G.

I'm a nail artist, positivity/wellness enthusiast, and perpetual creative. I've been sharing nails and good vibes here in my corner of the Internet since 2017. Follow me @threesixtynails on social and check the Contact page if you want to get in touch. Have a polished rest of your day! ✨