Hope you all enjoyed your Easter and your yummy chocolate bunnies!
Here’s the Cupcake Nail Art I wore over the holiday. Warning: it’ll probably give you cavities. Hands down the girliest manicure I’ve ever done.
When I saw missglamorazzi’s nail tutorial on YouTube last month, I wanted to try it. But it was only when a Swatch And Learn reader, Alaeis, posted pretty swatches on her blog that really made me want to try my hand at it.
I decided to put my own spin on cupcake nails by using hearts instead of the ‘cherry’. Also, I wanted my frosting to look like it was drippy and gooey.
This was my first time creating this look and my first time using a dotting tool or nail sequins. I had so much fun!
Keep reading – I’ll show you how to recreate the look – it’s easier than you think. I’ve included step-by-step written instructions and photo aids to help you follow along. (I’ve also included a link to missglamorazzi’s video and Alaeis’ swatches at the bottom of the post.)
Cupcake Nail Swatches
(Click on any of the links for reviews & swatches where applicable.)
All swatches have:
- Thumb – Orly Spark (2 coats)
- Index finger – OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender (2 coats)
- Middle finger – OPI Do You Lilac It? (2 coats)
- Fourth finger – China Glaze For Audrey (2 coats)
- Pinkie - Nicole by OPI Daffy Dill (2 coats)
- Sprinkles - All of the above (1 coat)
- Frosting – OPI Alpine Snow (1 coat)
- Hearts - Nail sequins from kit I showed in my Haul of Shame post
Cupcake Nail Tutorial
Step 1: Choose Your Colors, Sequins & Dotting Tool
You’ll need 5 different base colors (1 for each nail) and a good white creme nail polish.
Don’t have a dotting tool? Using a toothpick gets the job done.
And if you don’t have nail sequins handy, consider picking out a shimmery red nail polish – you can just draw on the heart freehand. Or you could do what missglamorazzi did and paint on a circle for a ‘cherry’.
Step 2: Paint Nails
Make sure you prep your nails with a good base coat. Then apply what you’ve chosen for the base colors. I used 2 coats for each color, but use as many as you need to get an opaque finish.
Step 3: Paint the Frosting
I didn’t paint the frosting on the same way as missglamorazzi because I wanted my frosting to look like it was dripping.
To make the frosting like I did, it’s easy peasy:
- Using your white polish, paint a straight stroke in the center of the nail 2/3 down the nail to the tip
- Paint one curved stroke on either side to meet the first stroke at the tip of the nail
You can fill in the area in between the 3 strokes to make the frosting more ‘drippy’ and sloppy like I did.
If your white isn’t that opaque, I suggest going over the frosting a second time. You really want this to be as white and as bright as possible so that the sprinkles will show up better.
Step 4: Apply Sequins, Paint on Cherry, or Paint on Heart
This is the first time I’ve ever applied nail sequins, so it may not be right, but this is what I did and it worked.
- Lightly cover dotting tool tip with clear top coat
- Dab a tiny dot onto the middle of each nail where you want to place the sequin
- Apply more top coat to the dotting tool tip
- Pick up sequin with sticky tip
- Gently place sequin onto the dot you made earlier & press it down so it lies as close to the nail as possible
If your nails are curved like mine, don’t worry about getting the sequin perfectly flat. As long as you anchor it with top coat and ‘glue’ it there, you’ll be good to go.
Step 5: Get Dotty with Your Sprinkles
Tip: Instead of dipping your dotting tool in the nail-polish bottle, I suggest grabbing a piece of plastic wrap, a plastic bag, or a piece of aluminum foil. Use it as your polish palette. (You really only need a tiny amount. Even what I used above was more than enough.)
Create your dots by dipping your dotting tool into the polish and covering each nail’s frosting. Put the colors in a random location on each nail – it just makes it look cuter.
Step 6: Apply Your Favorite Top Coat
I used Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat because I hate waiting for polish to dry, and also because I like how shiny it makes my nails.
It’s vital to use a top coat at this point because you want to ‘cement’ your sequins in place for maximum wear.
Step 7: Don’t Bite Your Nails No Matter How Delicious They Look!
So there you have it. It wasn’t hard at all. This was the first time I’ve ever done nail art with freehand painting (i.e. no nail stamping like Konad or Bundle Monster)! So, if I say it’s easy and I can do it, you’ll be able to do it easily, too!
Want to see how missglamorazzi did it? Check out her cupcake nail tutorial here!
Also, check out how Alaeis’ cupcake nails turned out! So cute!
What manicure did you wear for the Easter holiday? Would you try recreating these cupcake nails? What was your favorite nail art that you ever did yourself? Please share!