Hello Loves. So I got the bright idea that I would do a one-stroke flower manicure. I have tried this technique a few times before and failed, but I was feeling brave so...yeah, I failed again. I'm convinced after watching a million youtube tutorials that my brush is to blame. After getting frustrated and almost throwing the brush across the room, I decided to say the heck with it and go back to what I know: layered flowers. I absolutely love how this one turned out.
I then used a thin nail art brush and acrylic paint to freehand the flowers. I started with the red petals and then went back and added the pink to the inner portions and dabbed a little yellow on for the center of the flowers. The leaves are a dark green acrylic paint with a lighter green layered on top to highlight parts. Simple, yet so pretty. :)
This mani is NOT topped off with a gel top coat. I used Oh So Wet regular polish top coat instead. It is a big of a an experiment. The last time I did a manicure with acrylic paint sealed with a gel top coat ended up being a disaster. Once the gel started to wear thin on the tips, water was able to penetrate the layers and the acrylic paint turned to mush. The mani only lasted a few days before the top layer lifted and chipped off. Since I have found that RNP wears like iron over a complete SOG mani, I'm hoping this one will last without the gel top coat over it all. I've been wearing this one for 5 days now and so far it still looks perfect! I did apply a gel top coat over the black base before the art work.
Here are a few closer shots. :)