Step 1: Prep Nails
View my post on Nail Polish Prep.
Step 2: Paint Nails
Paint the nails with ONE coat of blue polish. I used the Shellac color called, Cerulean Sea.
Paint the nails with TWO coats of blue glitter polish. I used the Shellac color called, Shimmering Shores.
Gel Polish: Apply polish and cure in light (cure after each coat). Cure 2 minutes in the UV light, or 1 minute in an LED light.
Step 3: Sunflowers
Begin by making a black circle on the side of your nail, this will be for the center of the flower. Then do yellow lines out from the black circle. Fill in the lines to be thicker in the center and slightly skinnier on the ends, to create a petal look. If you have any gaps, like I did, make small petals to fill in the spaces. Now do a few very small white dots on the black circle, to add some interest to the sunflower center. View the video here to see how I did my Simple Sunflowers . . .
(Note: I did the sunflowers with yellow, black and white acrylic craft paint. . . Some polishes can dry almost transparent which makes the image hazy and you won’t get the wow factor you are going for.)
Step 4: Apply Final Top Coat
Now apply your top coat. Make sure the paint is completely dry before adding top coat to help avoid smearing.
Gel Polish: Apply top coat, only after paint is completely dry. Cure in UV light for 2 minutes, or 1 minute with an LED light.
Step 5: Allow to Dry and Apply Cuticle Oil
Allow your polish to dry completely. Apply a cuticle oil just around your nails on the cuticle and rub into the skin.
Gel Polish: Remove sticky residue on top of nails with a little alcohol or polish remover and apply cuticle oil.