As the weather was so nice last weekend I decided to do a bee inspired nail design. I have seen a lot of different ways to do bees nail design. But I found a really nice design that I really love and it was so different from the other designs. Here is the design, I hope you guys love it as much as I do!
To create this design I used: Essie in Rock Solid, Essie in Lapiz of Luxury, Essie in Blanc, Max Factor Nailfinity in Onyx a yellow nail polish, a thin paint brush, a dotting tool and cotton buds/cue tips.
To start off this design I first shaped my nails to my desired length and shape. Then I used a buffer to make my nails smooth so no ridges will appear when polish is applied. Then I used a plain piece of paper and drew a rough design of what I wanted my nails to look like, it helped as I perfected drawing a bee. Then, when I was happy with my rough plan, I used Essie in Rock Solid as my base coat. Once it was completely dry I used 2 coats of Essie in Lapiz of Luxury. I used this colour as it makes bee stand out more, compared to having completely yellow nails.
Whenever I do nail art I like to leave my nails for a few hours, just to make sure that when I draw/dot my nail polish won’t drag as it’s till sticky. I started off my using a dotting tool and Max Factor Nailfinity in Onyx. I put a small amount on a piece of paper and started creating random wiggly lines for a bee trail. I wanted my bee on my thumb, so I created the wiggly lines up to my thumb. Then on my thumb I only did a few dots, with enough room for a bee.
Then I used a thin paint brush and used a yellow nail polish. I only had a yellow stripper as my yellow nail polish had gone horrible and gloopy, so I had to use the stripper colour. Instead of a paint brush you can use a stripper if you feel more comfortable using one. I put a blob of yellow on a piece of paper, dipped in my paint brush. To create the bee shape, do a tear drop to the desired size. It took me a few practices to get the shape and size right on the piece of paper, so I recommend practicing the shape and size before painting the bee on your nail. That way you have a smaller chance of getting it wrong on your nail. If you do get the bee wrong, using a cotton bud/cue tip dip it in nail varnish remover and wipe of the bee. The nail varnish under the bee is likely to come off to, so paint the area again and wait till it’s dry before drawing the bee again. Don’t worry about if the mistake will show, as you will go over it with the bee shape. I know this all works as I got my bee wrong!
Once the bee is totally dry, using a thin paint brush. Dip the brush in a black (I used Max factor Nailfinity in Onyx, the same as the dots) and draw a thick semi circle for the bees face. Then draw thinner lines for his strips. In the middle of the bee, draw two small wings.
Then when the stripes and wings are completely dry, using the thin pant brush paint the inside of the wings white and place a small white dot on the bees face for his eye. Don’t worry if you get white polish on the outline of the wings, just go over the black lines again.
As I am not left handed, I decided to do my left hand different to my right. Instead of attempting to draw bees, I decided to do clouds. I put a blob of Essie in Blanc on a piece of paper, using a cotton bud/cue tip dip the cotton bud in the white. I twirled mine around then dotted it in random shapes on my nails.
Once your nails are completely dry use a top coat to seal in the design. Alternatively for the bees you could go all the way around in black, but I preferred no outline as it looks more cartoony.
The completed result!
I really love this design and how it turned out! I think it’s so different from the other bee designs. I got so many compliments with this design. Also if you want this design or any other design to last a bit longer, go over the design in a top coat every few days. I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial and if you try it out I hope you love it too!
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