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: