You know, I’m not an artist. I was that kid in kindergarten who took just a little longer than the others to figure out that you should stay perfectly within the lines. And when I minored in art in college, my focus was ceramics. Handbuilding, to be specific. Precision and detail work has never been my strong suit. So when I was given the beauty challenge, thanks to Glam and Target, to create a spring floral manicure, I knew it couldn’t be a traditional floral look because honestly, I lack the precision required to pull that off myself. Also, I’m not a girly girl. I don’t really like pink or things that are typically floral. So I decided to look for lofty artistic inspiration. I may not be able to literally and accurately paint flowers on my nails, but I sure can give you an impressionist version of the look! My Monet nails were inspired by the beautiful waterlily art he created, and also by Clueless. My nails are a mess up close, but look great from far away!

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Let me tell you how I did my Monet impressionist floral manicure!


First things first, I went to Target in search of nail art supplies. They’ve got SO many great new colors, finishes and nail looks – I was so inspired by the L’Oreal display and these new glitters I saw…but I had to stay focused on the task! I knew I wanted to create a look on a dark background, and I wanted to use cool, water-inspired, Pisces colors. So I was immediately drawn to Revlon’s Moon Candy 2 in 1 nail enamel, (I chose Milky Way), and I was SO happy to discover Sonia Kashuk’s limited edition State of the Art Nail Art set, which comes with beautiful colors and miniature brushes to get the look you want!


I started my manicure with my beloved Sally Hansen nail hardener, and two coats of the dark half of Revlon’s Moon Candy in Milky Way.


Then I got to work with the Sonia Kashuk nail art set!



The point wasn’t to precisely paint little perfect flowers – just to give the impression, the shape, the feel. And after painting my flowers, on the most problematic nails I added a thin coat of the glitter half of Moon Candy, to cover up the flaws and increase the impressionist effect I was trying to capture.


Like so. Did that work?


Kinda, sorta, maybe? This manicure looks even better with a watercolor effect on it. There’s an app for that!



Et voila! Not too bad, right? I don’t think Monet would approve, but I actually am proud of my impressionist efforts.


What do you think? It’s time for Springtime! These nails are my version of a spring look. Are you into the floral manicure craze? Would you rock a look like this (or something neater and better executed)?



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Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Target via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Target.


Milaxx says:
March 25, 2013, 4:01 pm
I've never been a nail art gal. I like crazy colors, but not patterns. I may splurge on an accent nail, but I've done that for years.
Alecia says:
March 25, 2013, 4:06 pm
I think it's lovely and Monet in on of my favorite! I own the print that is your inspiration along with several others. Hmm.... I may give it a whirl also! Keep up the good work. Ciao Bella!!!
bella says:
March 25, 2013, 5:03 pm
I love an accent nail but I also like all 10 fingers draped in nail art! Depends on the season and occasion. Thanks for commenting Mila!!
bella says:
March 25, 2013, 5:21 pm
thanks Alecia!! Maybe practice will improve my nail art skills!
Kelly says:
March 26, 2013, 12:22 am
I love the colors! Do you think those colors would look okay on fair skinned hands? Or should I go for paler colors? I really like the blues though!
Susie says:
March 26, 2013, 3:26 am
Love it! Love the color combos and the floral design. Great job!
Makeup ByMerry says:
March 26, 2013, 4:36 am
You added one more suggestion in my nail art collection. Thanks for sharing. Keep posting for nail art.
pets says:
March 26, 2013, 6:05 pm
Those look wonderful! and are so different they must make people stop and stare! Will if I can do something similar. Thanks for this.
Curvy CEO says:
April 2, 2013, 3:01 pm
Pretty pretty!! I've only started doing my own nails recently - I figure it's a good way to keep my hands busy (and out of the cookie jar or chip bag!) while watching tv. For Easter, I did different color pastels on each finger. Love!
Marissa says:
May 28, 2013, 8:12 pm
I like all the cool colors on your nails.
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