For a long time, I’ve been wanting to create Strawberry Nails. Not only am I a huge fan of the fruit, but I am a child of the 80s and was in love with Strawberry Shortcake!
Then on Tuesday, I came across an absolutely adorable strawberry manicure on one of my favorite nail blogs ever – Steph’s Closet! (Steph is a real sweetheart & I’ve followed her blog for years.)
She makes everything look easy, and she is the Queen of Polka Dots…hehe! (Check out the link to her strawberry nail post at the bottom of mine. If you stop by, tell her that Mary sent ya!)
For these strawberry nails, I wasn’t sure which pink polish to use. But then the Nail Polish God spoke: China Glaze Strawberry Fields! (I love it when lacquer makes the choice obvious for me…hehe!)
Then, for the dots and leaves, I used a mixture of OPI, Zoya, and Konad polishes.
Further along in this post, I’ve included a tutorial with step-by-step instructions and photos in case you want to put your own spin on this.
I’m having a lot of fun doing fruit nail art. What do you think of my strawberry nails? Would you like to see me attempt other fruit-inspired manicures? I’d love to try more!
Strawberry Nail Art Pictures
All swatches have:
- 1 coat of Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat
- 3 coats of China Glaze Strawberry Fields
- OPI Need Sunglasses? (Yellow)
- OPI Alpine Snow (White)
- Konad Special Nail Polish (Dark Green)
- Zoya Midori (Shimmery Green)
- 1 coat of Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
*~* Strawberry Nail Tutorial *~*
What I Used:
- Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
- OPI Alpine Snow
- Zoya Midori
- China Glaze Strawberry Fields
- OPI Need Sunglasses?
- Konad Special Nail Polish (Green)
- Dotting tool
- Nail art brush
- Small piece of foil
Step 1: Get all your supplies ready
Unscrew the caps for all the bottles so that when your nails are wet, you won’t be struggling to open them.
Step 2: Paint your nails the base color of the strawberry
You could go with red, but I went with a glass-flecked pink polish that had gold shimmer. Previously when I did Watermelon Nail Art, I used red and for some reason, the result reminded me of Christmas. To avoid that this time, I went with pink. Plus with a polish name like Strawberry Fields, the pink from China Glaze was just begging to be used for this!
Quickie China Glaze Strawberry Fields Review:
Since this is a pink jelly polish, opacity is an issue. Jelly polishes usually still show visible nail line unless you layer them over another color or if you apply thicker and more coats. (I used 3 thin coats. It didn’t really bother me that there’s Visible Nail Line showing because I knew that I’d put on dots, which would distract from the VNL.)
Strawberry Fields has this awesome gold glassfleck that really catches the light and brings some magic to a pink polish that I would otherwise not look twice at. (I’m not really a pink-polish-wearing person, but I love this one.)
Step 3: Paint the green leaves
Wait a few minutes until your base strawberry color is a little dry before continuing with the leaves.
Take a small piece of tin foil. You’ll use this as a makeshift palette. Put a few drops of your base green polish onto the tin foil. I prefer to do this instead of dipping right into the nail-polish bottle because the tin-foil method wastes less polish and is less messy.
Using a nail-art brush, draw four lines – two that curve along your cuticle and two between them. Here I used the Konad Special Nail Polish in Green because I figured that since it’s formulated for nail stamping, it has the most opacity. If I could go back, I wouldn’t use it. It’s thick and hard to paint details with. You could get a smoother and easier application with enough pigmentation if you use a regular green polish that you already have in your stash.
Step 4: Give the green leaves more dimension
Add a few drops of lighter-green polish onto the piece of foil. After waiting a few minutes for the green leaves to dry, you’ll want to highlight them with this lighter green polish.
I went with a shimmery green with a bit of gold (Zoya Midori) that would not only contrast with the creme green, but that would go with the gold flecks in China Glaze Strawberry Fields.
Step 5: Add the seeds
Add a few drops of yellow nail polish onto your piece of tin foil.
Using a dotting tool, toothpick, pen cap, nail-art brush, or whatever else you have handy, add the dots randomly to fill up the space.
Since OPI Need Sunglasses? wasn’t fully opaque or bright with one coat, I actually went over the seeds twice to achieve this look. Lots of yellow polishes aren’t opaque in a single coat, so you may want to test yours first to see what will work…unless you want to spend time to do two coats like I did.
Step 6: Highlight the seeds
Initially I was going to just have yellow seeds like what Steph had (because hers looks amazing), but I guess the yellow I chose was wonky with the pink because it reminded me more of a diseased strawberry. 🙁
So…I decided to correct it by highlighting the seeds in the same fashion I highlighted the leaves – with a lighter color. This time, I enlisted the help of the ever-versatile OPI Alpine Snow and went to town with my dotting tool. Now the dots remind me of eggs! (I can’t win! Haha! Maybe I should do Egg Nail Art and it’ll turn out looking like strawberries…)
You can probably skip this step if you start off right away with the seed color you want.
Step 7: Add Top Coat
You’ll want to wait a good 10-15 minutes after Step 6 before you slick on a top coat to protect all your hard work. This will hopefully avoid smudging.
Step 8: Shake Hands with Someone Who’s Allergic to Strawberries
I have a twisted sense of humor. Hey, at least this is a strawberry that they’ll hopefully be able to enjoy without negative repercussions! 🙂
Despite the dotting hiccup, I’m quite pleased with how my strawberry nails turned out. I’d like to thank Steph from Steph’s Closet for the wonderful inspiration! (If you’d like to see her original version, click here.)
What do you think of my strawberry manicure? Would you ever try it? What other fruit-inspired nail art would you like me to try?
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