31 Day Challenge Day 14: Flowers – Microbead flowers!

Hi everyone!

I have been itching to show you this one for weeks! A while ago I was wondering what I could put on my nails when I happened to glance down at my jeans and saw the beaded flower on them. I thought… why not do a beaded flower on my nails? So I did! Then I realised this would be perfect for the flower theme of the 31 Day Challenge. 31dc2014-31-day-challenge-day-14-flowers-painted-fingertips-microbead-flowers-floralThere are a lot of people doing nail art and a lot of pictures on the internet these days, but honestly, I haven’t seen anyone else trying to create a picture using microbeads – let me know if you have! 31dc2014-31-day-challenge-day-14-flowers-painted-fingertips-microbead-flowers-floralThere’s probably a good reason for that – I’m pretty sure this is the longest I’ve ever spent on a single nail art look. I’m not sure how long it took but I pretty much spent an evening on it. I used Essence Sparkling Water Lily as a base just in case there were any gaps between the beads. I started by placing the rhinestones as the centres of the flowers then I did the light pink of the petals, the darker petal outlines, and the green and blue leaves. I filled in any spaces with the silver for a background colour.31dc2014-31-day-challenge-day-14-flowers-painted-fingertips-microbead-flowers-floralLast year I tried some freehand flowers based on a dress – I was proud of my effort but they didn’t really look like flowers at all. floral2

I think the most frustrating part of this look was having to add more clear polish to stick more beads when it started drying as the sticking took so long. A couple of times this caused the colours to run a little when I touched the beads that were already stuck, but luckily I don’t think you can see that on the pictures. I didn’t topcoat because I was scared of colours running after all my hard work, and besides, I like the textured look! 31dc2014-31-day-challenge-day-14-flowers-painted-fingertips-microbead-flowers-floralI had a lot of fun creating this look but keep in mind microbeads don’t last long on the nail and they’re generally best for a one-night look – this is a lot of work for just one night! I usually do nail art every couple of days anyway so it was fine for me, but I’d only recommend this if you want to do nail art for its own sake.

What do you think of this look?

chalkboard-nails-31-day-challenge-2014-blueberry-blastDon’t forget to check out some more floral nails at the link:

  • Annette

    Wow that’s a huge amount of work. They are very pretty though. I’ve definitely never seen anyone else do these! Well done.

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com paintedfingertips

      Thank you! It took a while but it was fun 🙂

  • http://therainbownails.blogspot.com/ Hema Iyer

    Very unique. And pretty!

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com paintedfingertips

      Thank you!

  • http://vmoller.wordpress.com vonimoller

    Wow wow wow! Kerry! Amazing! You should get a medal for this!

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com paintedfingertips

      Thanks V! I was so glad to see someone else hasn’t done a better version before me (not that I could see, anyway) 🙂

  • http://breakrulesnotnails.wordpress.com breakrulesnotnails

    Wow Kerry!! Awesome! xx

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com paintedfingertips

      Thank you! 🙂

  • http://craftynail.com Craftynail

    no way!?! these rock !

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com paintedfingertips

      Thank you!! 🙂

  • http://www.buffandpolishbeauty.com Buff & Polish

    That would have taken you ages! I covered a long (accent) nail with microbeads in very simple diff coloured stripes one time and that took long enough, so I can only imagine how long you spent on this. They look great 🙂

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com paintedfingertips

      Thank you so much! It did take a while but it was fun 🙂

  • http://nailsdownsouth.wordpress.com tattylou84

    Wow!!! These are incredible!! I would have cried once they stared to come off!! Definitely my fave flower mani of the challenge!!

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com paintedfingertips

      Thanks so much! Yeah, the problem with these is that they didn’t last long. I went to bed when I was finished and by morning a few beads already started to come off (although they still looked fine for the rest of the day so long as you didn’t look too closely). I couple of coats of top coat might have helped with longevity but I was worried the colours might bleed from the beads if I topcoated. So I loved these but I don’t recommend them for anything other than one-night nails or nail art for the sake of it 🙂

  • Lisa M

    OMG, my jaw literally dropped when I saw this – it’s amazing! FYI – I found a way to topcoat without the colors running. Drop it on without touching the brush to the beads. It lasts a little longer this way, but not much. I just did an accent nail, and it lasted a few days – I’m not sure how long a full mani would last. BTW – the floral mani you linked to in this post? Just tell everyone you were copying Impressionist style! It’s totally Monet/Manet inspired and just as beautiful – I really liked it!

    • http://paintedfingertips.wordpress.com paintedfingertips

      Thanks so much Lisa! I know it’s possible to topcoat them that way but I was too scared to try before I took the photos, just in case. I thought of trying it after but by that time it was getting late so I just went to bed! 🙂
      I’m glad you liked my one from last year as well. I’d only just started my blog when I did the challenge last year so now I feel like most of my nails from then were well tried but not very good 😉

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