Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Lacquer Legion Garden: Black-Eyed Susan 3D Floral Nail Art


This month's theme for The Lacquer Legion is "Garden" and, as I'm sure many others did, I chose to do floral nail art. Florals are something I've done a lot of, so I did two things to make this one stand out from my other manicures. First: I wanted to represent a specific type of flower, namely, black-eyed Susans. Second: I got the idea to put flocking powder in the centers to make them look more realistic and add a bit of texture and depth!


Nail polishes used in this nail art include:
Misa Ripe Raspberry - pink base
China Glaze Happy Go Lucky - yellow petals
Zoya Arizona - orange detailing
Zoya Louise - dark brown centers and detailing
Misa Lime Love & Zoya Hunter - mixed to create green stems

I finished the flowers with polish and topcoat before going back and adding in the fuzzy centers. Since you shouldn't topcoat over flocking powder, you want to make sure you do your topcoat beforehand so the nail art is flattened, smoothed, and protected.

To make the fuzzy centers, paint on polish where you want the fuzzies to be. I used topcoat to adhere the fuzz to my nail, but you could also choose a polish that matches the color of your fuzz. Then, using tweezers, drop flocking powder on to the wet areas of polish. Gently press the powder down into the polish, let set, and use a fan brush or fluffy makeup brush to gently dust off the excess.


I'm really REALLY happy with these. The fuzzy centers pop even more in person and add some awesome dimension to the flowers.


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31 comments

  1. Absolutely stunning and so creative!

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  2. Janine von DieMissMiniMay 28, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Wow, that looks gorgeous!
    Lieben Gruß
    Janine

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  3. thedailynailblogMay 28, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    i absolutely love it, it looks awesome design

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  4. This is so unique and so pretty, I love the flocked centers, so clever! :)

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  5. Pedicure chairs and nail artMay 28, 2014 at 9:58 AM

    I'm so amazed at this picture of nails. I have always loved the yellow color. With this combination of yellow sunflowers on violet background nails. You just made me speechless. Thank you so much for this manicure nail art. Thank you....

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  6. These are so pretty! Using flocking powder is such a great idea! I love your base colour too! :)

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  7. Виктория АртамоноваMay 28, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    *finally understood what the name of one of the Girly Bits polishes meant ))) *

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  8. OMG these are so perfect, I love the flocking powder here and how you drew the flowers *0*

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  9. Wow. These are one of the best flower designs I've seen.

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  10. Awesome! I'm a bit challenged, freehand art wise, but I must try this. I'm from Maryland and you've done our state flower proud. Really, really proud!

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  11. This is the best use of flocking powder I have ever seen. You really made it look like something I need! (wait...I didn't really say that did I? flocking powder?)

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  12. That is such a cool idea, and I love the purple you used!

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  13. Wow, these came out perfect and realistic! I like that you added the flocking powder.

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  14. Wow! What a fantastic idea! Really lovely!

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  15. The detail in this mani is incredible! I love it!

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  16. I've been waiting for someone to do this! (I don't have flocking powder.) Awesome to see them on you!

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  17. Jo // Polished LiteracyMay 31, 2014 at 9:47 AM

    The flocking powder makes then look great! I love the background as well: a unique spin for a floral mani.

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  18. Samantha BullockMay 31, 2014 at 12:52 PM

    Can't believe I have only just found your blog! LOVE all your nail art looks and had to follow! I would love it if you could check out some of mine on...
    http://insamazement.blogspot.co.uk xx

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  19. you are an artist!

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  20. your nail art looks are beautifull, you are an artist !!! really !!!

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  21. LittleMonsterx14June 2, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    gorgeous! i just love this idea!

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  22. Absolutely stunning, love the fuzzy centers :)

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  23. Cristina ImpoverishedJune 13, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Gorgeous design! Your flowers are so well done, and the flocking powder in the middle is a great idea. Makes me think I'll finally be able to make use of the flocking powder I have laying around!

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  24. Ho amazing nails! I love it! :)

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  25. OMG! These are amazing? I don't know how you do these intricate designs. Fantastic, and thank you for sharing.

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