Branching Out Mani: DIY Cherry Blossom Nail Art Tutorial…

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As you may have guessed, I was inspired by Monday’s post: Decorating with Branches, and decided to create a little branch nail art manicure, which could also be construed as Cherry Blossoms due to the pink flowers I added. I love that this manicure is in line with all the pale nails we saw on the Spring runways and with a hint of “Far East” inspiration too boot. This, of course, has become one of my favorites {but I’m pretty sure I always say that}.

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Here’s What I Used…

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* Base: Sephora “White Hot”
* Branches: OPI “You Don’t Know Jacques” | RGB “Steel” | Sally Hansen “Cafe au lait” | Art Deco “Silver” {but any silver will do, this brand just happens to have very thin and long brushes}
* Fine Nail Art Brush… I have this set, but this brush set is only $2.74
* A bright color for your flowers. I used a shimmery pink because this brand already came with a long narrow brush, but any color would be cute, even a light blue or lavender.
* Paper, Tissue, Zoya Nail polish remover… and a bit of patience. There are quite a few steps to this one.
* Your favorite top coat… mine is Seche Vite

Here’s How I Did It…

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* Begin with two coats of white as your base and let dry.

diy branch manicure, cherry blossom nail art, nails

* Begin with your darkest color… I chose a taupe-brown, unscrew your top, remove all excess paint from the brush that comes with it and set it to the side. Using your fine nail art brush {or fine paint brush} dip it into your lacquer, remove excess paint using the side of the bottle or your scrap paper and carefully draw your first set of branches. I started basic, with about two branches per nail and drew outward from there.

You may choose to stop here or after any color, I wanted the depth and hues to vary.

* When finished with your first color, dip your brush in your remover and wipe it clean with your tissue.

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* Clean off your brush… open your next color, mine was gray, and repeat that steps above, adding depth to your branches.

* After the gray I added a flesh tone and then a silver on top to finish the branches.

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* Taking your bright hue, and using your fine brush {unless you have this random Art Deco polish brand with fine brushes} carefully add tiny dots alone or in groups of three to create your flowers. Add as many or as few as you wish.

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* Finish with your top coat. My favorite is Seche Vite… sometimes I even add another the following day just to keep it chip-proof!

diy branch manicure, cherry blossom nail art, nails

* It should look something like this… but it’s up to you, you can choose to create fewer branches or even just add a few accent nails.

Voila… Voila!

diy branch manicure, cherry blossom nail art, nails

diy branch manicure, cherry blossom nail art, nails

diy branch manicure, cherry blossom nail art, nails

diy branch manicure, cherry blossom nail art, nails


Looking for my pink iPhone case {4s} find it for the iPhone 5 here {I love this brand}

Have Fun!

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LA native & lifestyle blogger Maegan Tintari writes daily at ...love Maegan.com sharing beauty & style secrets, including fashion DIYs, how-to nail art manicures, hair tutorials, recipes & home decorating ideas, as well as a look into her personal life, her journey & battle with infertility & recent relocation to the mountains by a lake in search of a better life with her adorable French Bulldog brothers, Trevor and Randy.

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