Monday, August 11, 2014

Teal Butterfly Wing Nail Art

I see butterfly wing nail art everywhere and always admire it, so one day recently when I was in the mood to spend a good chunk of time on a design, I finally gave it a try. This is by no means breaking new ground here, but I did at least attempt to go with a color palette I personally hadn't seen before!

There are lots of great butterfly wing tutorials out there, but this one by m_a_tom on Instagram really stuck with me when I saw it a couple months ago. She illustrates each step really well and I found it very easy to follow.

I started with a base of Glitter Gal White Pointer and then sponged on a gradient of Butter London Slapper, China Glaze Too Yacht to Handle, and Butter London Fiver. Then, before starting in with the black & white acrylic paints for the wing details, I added a coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust for some sparkle. Everything is topped with Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat.

While I loved wearing this design a lot, this was definitely one of those manicures that made me curse myself for always being compelled to do my designs on both hands. Painting the black areas for the wings with my non-dominant hand was incredibly challenging!

What do you think of butterfly wing nails—overdone, or still pretty and worth wearing?

Thanks for looking!


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