Spotlight On: Spring Nail Art and Looks
With nearly forty different nail looks, I think there’s more than enough inspiration in this post if you haven’t already dabbled in some spring-themed nails!
Check out readers’ submissions!
Super Easy Easter Nails
submitted by: Susan J.
inspiration: “I chose a mixture of cutesy Easter looks for my manicure; they’re all super easy to replicate at home.”
products used: Seche Porcelain, Leighton Denny Babydoll, Avon Sea Breeze, Essence Lime Up, Barry M Lemon & Blueberry, Sally Hansen Greige Gardens
submitted by: Naomi H.
inspiration: “My nieces love the colour pink and challenged me to incorporate this colour into a design. Since I have been interested in flowers and plants lately the two collided into this manicure.”
products used: OPI Pink Friday, Sinful Colours Swedish Blue, Green nail stripper polish, China Glaze Moonlight, Seche Vite top coat
Fun & Thrifty Caviar Nails
submitted by: Melinda M.
inspiration: “Everyone has been talking about the Caviar nail trend but the kits to create the look are *SO* expensive. So I made my own caviar nails using stuff you can find for a good price at your local craft store!”
products used: China Glaze Nail Polish – Make Some Noise, Martha Stewart Metallic Microbeads (available at Michael’s), Seche Vite Top Coat
submitted by: Sarah
inspiration: “Just a simple desire to use three beautiful colours that I was sure would work together. And work they did! ”
products used: Essie – Your Hut or Mine?, Butter London – Marrow, OPI – Designer… De Better
Spring Splash of Color
submitted by: Tiffany S.
inspiration: “This design was inspired by the bright colors of Spring! I took four of my favorite OPI polishes and instead of doing a water marble on all of my nails, I just did one on my accent nails. The water marble design reminded me of pretty flower petals!”
products used: All polishes used were OPI from the Shrek collection: The dark blue is Ogre the top Blue, the purple is Funkey Dunkey, the light blue is What’s with the Cattitude, and the green is Who the Shrek are you.
submitted by: Ariel
inspiration: “Popteen Magazine”
products used: OPI Pink-ing of You & Alpine Snow, Orly 24K Glitter, Essie Lilacism, Maybelline Twinkle Toes
Nude ‘n Sparkly
submitted by: Tina K.
inspiration: “Spring dune sunrise.”
products used: Essie Topless and Barefoot, pink glitter from Michael’s
submitted by: Michelle M.
inspiration: “The inspiration was the color combination. I loved this combination so much I keep doing it over & over again!”
products used: I used Nails Inc. Wellington Square as the base color and Nails Inc. Lanesborough Place as the stamping color.
Easter Nail Art
submitted by: Charleen G.
inspiration: “Every year I do holiday themed nail art, so I guess you can say I’m inspired by the Easter holiday in general. I just make it up as I go, I like to do every nail different.”
products used: Bahamian Escape by China Glaze (Blue), Pink Friday by OPI (Pink), Re-Fresh Mint by China Glaze (Mint Green), , L’Esprit by American Apparel (Lavender), Peachy Keen by China Glaze (Orange), Lemon Fizz by China Glaze (Yellow), Pinata Yadda Yadda by Ulta (Multi-Colored glitter top coat)
submitted by: Margo
inspiration: “I wanted to do a fun look with pink and green so I chose to do green glitter at the base of the nail to look like grass and sponged on white to look like flowers.”
products used: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails French White, O.P.I in Fresh Frog of Bel Air, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Proto Petal, N.Y.C Long Wearing Nail Enamel in Scandalous Blue Glitter Seche Vite Top Coat
Over the Fence
submitted by: Jessica
inspiration: “Wild cherry blooming over the fence of my backyard while for the colour, it’s been a wild spring in Toronto, Canada. Sunny one moment, cloudy the next then warm and humid one second, cold and dry the next. So I took that as the colour inspiration.”
products used: OPI Suzy says da! as base, China Glaze 2NITE as stamping polish, Konad plate m74 for pattern, Sally Hansen Ceramics Urban Chic on tips
submitted by: Karen L.
inspiration: “All the new life that pops up when spring time hits. If you go out side one day, it barren and basically nothing to see, the next day its bursting with life and spring flowers!”
products used: China Glaze Stone Cold, Zoya Pippa, OPI Funkey Dunkey,OPI Done Out In Deco,OPI Pink Friday, OPI Kiss me on my Tulips, Sparitual Surreal, Essie Smooth Sailing, China Glaze Jolly Holly,
Glittery Spring Day
submitted by: Jasmine S.
inspiration: “It was cold outside and I felt like I needed spring-y nails but just something with a subtle shade of pink and purple undertones .”
products used: NYC White, Pure Ice Glitter Polish
submitted by: Soo
inspiration: “I thought my mani for the week would be appropriate for Easter Sunday. It’s not too bold or flashy, but still a little something that’s fun and reminds me of eggs.”
products used: Pretty & Polished Jawbreaker
Spring Bouquet Nails
submitted by: Margaret F.
inspiration: “I had someone suggest I do a floral manicure, so I wanted to do something different then the roses or pansies I might typically do. I decided to do a variety of flowers in one design and just played around until I was happy.”
products used: I used OPI Ate Berries in the Canaries as the base and used OPI Done Out in Deco, Essie Turquoise and Caicos, and Sally Hansen Lively Lilac for the petals. the centers of the flowers are Wet n Wild Tickled Pink.
Simple, Elegant Nails
submitted by: Melissa W.
inspiration: “I was inspired by lilies of the valley, my favorite spring flowers!”
products used: Wet ‘n’ Wild Caribbean Frost
submitted by: Elisa
inspiration: “If you go shopping you find only dresses, trousers and skirts with flowers. I like them, but I’m not brave enough to wear them, so I’ve transformed the flowers in an accessory :)”
products used: KIKO 324, Deborah Red, Pupa Kelly Green, Debby White
submitted by: Cyra
inspiration: “I put a twist on pretty spring green and made it geometric :)”
products used: Pure Ice: Home Run!, Sinful Colors: Mint Apple
submitted by: Diana S.
inspiration: “I was inspired by someone else’s nails I saw using a different color and decided to try it myself using peach.”
products used: I used MAC Seasonal Peach as my background shade and assorted acrylic paints for the design then topped it off with Seche Vite top coat.
A Few Cracked Eggs
submitted by: Jill B.
inspiration: “Inspiration for this came from fond memories of my childhood Easters, when my family would revisit the futile exercise of coloring eggs that would just wind up cracked. And despite this, we ALWAYS had an amazing time together! :)”
products used: Seche Clear base coat. (Thumb) China Glaze “Lemon Fizz”, (index) China Glaze “Shocking Pink”, (middle) Revlon “Blue Lagoon”, (ring) Revlon “Peachy”, (pinky) China Glaze “Aquadelic”. Sephora by OPI “Blasted Silver” over each, and a coat of Seche Vite.
submitted by: Naktsmeita
inspiration: “Sunny day.”
products used: Maybelline French White, Flormar Stripers (yellow, green, magenta), China Glaze Techno Plastic, Bow Decorations.
submitted by: Phyrra
inspiration: “I love neons and brights for spring, so I did an abstract dot mani.”
products used: Base – Cult Nails Get it On, Base color – Milani White on the Spot, Sally Hansen Nail Art pens – Black a& Neon Pink. On all nails., Oranges – China Glaze Japanese Koi, Sun Worshiper & Napoleon Perdis Santorini Sunset., Pink – butter London Disco Biscuit, China Glaze Pool Party, Orly Oh Cabana Boy & OCC Femme, Purple – Pahlish Train Underwater, Illamasqua Baptiste, NARS Pokerface & Pretty & Polished Galactus. Yellow – Nailtini Classic Rita, China Glaze Solar Powered & Essie Over the Top
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submitted by: Marina S.
inspiration: “I’ve been inspired to try this by the various ‘nail cloud’ tutorials from the creative nailside blog. I was very eager to incorporate my OPI Fiercely Fiona (the lemon-lime colour) in some form of nail art – it’s a gorgeous colour, but a bit too bold on it’s own for me.”
products used: Base colour – Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure – Firs Kiss First Cloud – No 7 – Cheeky Chops Second Cloud – OPI – Fiercely Fiona
submitted by: Teri
inspiration: “This is a multi- coloured nail art, inspired by spring and Easter and anything cute! I wanted to make this very simple that even dummies like me could do this!”
products used: NYC Lavender Cupcake, Catrice Walking on Air (LE),L’oreal Color Riche in Perledejade, Bourjois 26
Funky Easter Zig-Zag Manicure
submitted by: Lucie H
inspiration: “My inspiration comes from very creative Illamasqua brand combined with quite Easter-y ZIG-ZAG motif. Illamasqua person is not afraid to push boundaries, combine strange colours and wear what defines her/him. That’s why I’ve combined these two shades that are very contrasting but they go well together.”
products used: Illamasqua Nomad and Stance
Spring Intertwined Manicure
submitted by: Lucie H
inspiration: “My inspiration for this manicure was a dress I saw in the shop window with the kind of ‘Intertwined’ pattern. Only I’ve used different colour combination. I loved OPI’s Holland shades for this spring which I’ve used for this look”
products used: OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips, OPI Dutch ‘ya Just Love OPI?, OPI A Roll In The Hague, , Konad Special Stamping polish in Black, Seche Vite Fast-drying topcoat
submitted by: Rachel D.
inspiration: “Cult Nails new Spring collection, Divas and Drama.”
products used: Wet N’ Wild All in the Cut, Zoya Rica, Love & Beauty Aqua Blue, Diamond Cosmetics Don’t Teal My Heart Away, Zoya Reece.
submitted by: Alice
inspiration: “I miss the fuzzy spring weather and flowers! I live in a cold place and spring hasn’t hit us yet, so I decided to draw some floating flowers on my nails.”
products used: Nature Republic GR602 (light green), Revlon Dreamer (light blue), Aritaum Stage (lavender), American Apparel Manila (yellow), Zoya Mia (pink)
submitted by: Lex
inspiration: “The colors of the spring are hot and punchy!”
products used: Essence C’Est La Vie, Essence Trust in Fashion, Essence Nude Glam Cookies and Cream, P2 Matte Victim Top Coat
Polka Dots on Pink
submitted by: Meghan
inspiration: “I originally thought of this manicure way back when MAC’s Quite Cute collection came out and I realized these polishes are a close enough dupe at a much better price. Once I put them all together I thought it would be super cute to do a polka dot look!”
products used: Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear polish in Bubblegum Pink for the base, and the dots were done in Mint Sorbet and Lacey Lilac. I added a top coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust. Base coat is Seche Rebuild and topcoat is Seche Vite.
Easter Bunny Nails
submitted by: Jacqueline
inspiration: “From this and this.”
products used: Thumb, index, middle, & pinky: Base – Essie Nice is Nice, Dots – China Glaze White on White. Fourth finger: Base – OPI Do You Lilac It? with Wet ‘n’ Wild Hannah Pinktana, Bunny – China Glaze White on White, ears & nose are OPI Elephantastic Pink, black parts are Sinful Colors Black on Black. Base coat: OPI Nail Envy Matte, Top Coat: Seche Vite.
submitted by: Kate
inspiration: “I love the moustache manicure, so I decided to do a Springtime twist on it, giving my moustaches pastel backgrounds.”
products used: For the bases: Sinful Colors Verbena (on thumb, not shown), Revlon Fast Dry Lightning, Sinful Colors Soul Mate, Essie Coat Azure, Sinful Colors Open Seas
submitted by: Amy S.
inspiration: “I saw a lot of looks with this type of looks and I thought that it was really cute. I would consider this to be a look that requires a medium level of skill, but with patience and the right tools you will end up with a fun, cute look!”
products used: Base: OPI’s Done out in Deco, Inside Flower: American Apparel’s Coney Island, Flower Petals: OPI’s You’re a Pisa Work, Leaves: American Apparel’s Neon Green
Easter Polka Dots
submitted by: Jill
inspiration: “I loved NouveaCheap’s dot mani awhile back and thought it’d be fun to try to replicate it with Eastery colors :)”
products used: Sally Hansen Miracle Cure, Wet ‘n ‘Wild Shy, Pink dots: mix of Revlon Pink Again and 10 Whimsy, Green Dots: Sinful Colors Mint Apple, Yellow Dots: Sally Hansen Hue, Top Coat: Sally Hansen Diamond Flash
Essence Polka Dots
submitted by: KayJay
inspiration: “I love to wear pastel polishes during the springtime! I added polka dots because they can easily jazz up a creme polish and there are infinite design possibilities.”
products used: Base: Essence No More Drama, Dots: Essence Lime Up! (green); Let’s Get Lost (blue)
submitted by: Alpha W.
inspiration: “I saw some similar designs on Pinterest and decided to do a take on them. The bunny really makes the look so much sweeter. Hubby said my nails look like Jordan Almonds. ”
products used: Essie – Sweet Talker, Mix of Sinful Colors in Snow Me White + Jordana’s Mellow Yellow to make the pastel yellow Eyeko – Lilac Polish Revlon – Minted Color Club – He Loves Me Detailing with Art Deco nail art polishes Seche Vite top coat
Spring Florals & Pearls
submitted by: Liz P.
inspiration: “I’m really into floral this spring, so this nail art represents my obsession with anything floral.”
products used: China Glaze Kinetic Candy, OPI Pedal Faster Suzi!, Sinful Colors Zeus, Wet n Wild French White, Revlon Rainforest, White baby half pearls (from Ebay)
Speckled Easter Eggstravaganza
submitted by: Brooke
inspiration: “Various ‘egg’ Easter candy… Cadbury Mini Eggs, Whopper Eggs, etc.”
products used: Nailventurous Pinkerbell layered over: OPI Do you Lilac It?, China Glaze Lemon Fizz, OCC Pool Boy, ORLY Polo Princess, OCC Pansy.