Manicure Monday – A Monet Impressionist Floral Manicure

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!

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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.

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

 

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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.

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Like so. Did that work?

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

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

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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.

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Comments

  1. 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.

    • 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!!

  2. 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!!!

  3. 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!

  4. Love it! Love the color combos and the floral design. Great job!

  5. You added one more suggestion in my nail art collection. Thanks for sharing. Keep posting for nail art.

  6. Those look wonderful! and are so different they must make people stop and stare! Will if I can do something similar. Thanks for this.

  7. 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!

  8. I like all the cool colors on your nails.

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