How to create egg-cellent Easter nail art
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Nail Art for Easter1 of 15
By Natasha Burton
Don't just decorate eggs this Easter—give your digits a little artistic love, too. Glo has collected 14 holiday-inspired manis from top nail designers. These cool seasonal styles range from traditional to totally chic. Hop on in and find the one you'd like to rock on Easter Sunday.
Critter Comforts2 of 15
Eggs, chicks and bunnies, oh my! Kaitlyn Delano created these adorable nail tableaus using nail stripers and dotting tools, and her blog has all the DIY details. A key tip: Delano suggests using multiple shades of green for the grass on the thumb for added dimension.
SHOP NOW: China Glaze Ombre polish, $13
Seeing Spots3 of 15
To recreate this awesome design, using a dotting tool, start with the row of spots in the middle of your nail then work outward, Delano suggests. Remember to make half-dots at the tips of your nails for a finished look.
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Light Bright4 of 15
This nail art, by Maryam Maquillage, hints at the idea of Easter eggs with a spin on the classic French tip. Don't have many pastel colors in your polish collection? Do what Maquillage does and mix deeper hues with a white base until you get the shade you want.
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May Flowers5 of 15
This design by Maquillage combines florals with just the right amount of sparkle. But this isn't your average girlie-girl mani: The polish in this design is "mood-changing" in that it will turn purple or pink based on your body temperature. Pretty cool, eh?
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Tip Top6 of 15
For a blinged-out egg-inspired mani, try this design, which combines robin's egg blue polish and some serious glitter. Maquillage created the silver chevron tips in two easy diagonal swipes of polish, then topped it all off with a strong top coat that does double duty and strengthens your nails as well as adding shine and protecting your design.
SHOP NOW: Duri Rejuvacote, $10
Funky Floral7 of 15
Go-to runway manicurist Daria Hardeman devised this nail design using stickers and her own 3-D floral nail art for a cool, layered look. This technique is ideal for those of us who aren't so ready to freehand it quite yet but want to test out our skills.
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A Tisket, A Tasket8 of 15
Taking a traditional Easter basket as inspiration, designer Winnie Huang used a thin brush and a range of paint colors to outline the Easter eggs and the details on the thumb's basket for this mani. When it comes to fine detailing like this, she says that the most important thing is to have a clean brush when painting—so make sure to wash yours before starting.
SHOP NOW: MASH Nail Art Brush Cleaner Cup, $5
Layer It On9 of 15
Using a kitchen sponge, Huang dabbed on various pastel colors over a white base to get the effect of this mani. She then added on some hexagonal glitter to give these digits some extra oomph.
SHOP NOW: Hoter Nailart Manicure Glitter, $6
Bunny Love10 of 15
Nail artist duo Donne and Ginny Greer created this adorable rabbit mani, which is reasonably doable, even for a novice. First, place a dollop of while polish on a piece of foil and use a small paintbrush to paint and fill in the outline of the rabbit ears and face. Use pink polish and a small round paintbrush to place a line inside each ear and make the nose, then place two small dots in black for eyes. Voila! (Check out the pair's new book for more fun mani ideas.)
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Make a Splash11 of 15
Whitney Swiedler started with a light purple base and then used a tiny dotting tool to make the spots on this cracked-egg mani. For the drip effect, she used a large dotting tool to make the ends of the drips and then a small striper brush to connect them. Don't have these tools on hand? A dual polish brush will do the trick.
SHOP NOW: Revlon Nail Art Expressionist tool, $9
Color Blocked12 of 15
For an artsy take on pastel, try this design by Swiedler. After swiping on the base colors and using a striping brush to paint on the chevrons, she attached square studs while the polish was still a bit tacky, then painted with a topcoat. Easy peasy, but still stylish.
SHOP NOW: Nicole by OPI polish in Naturally, $7
Flower Power13 of 15
Mani maven Chelsea King says that Pinterest is the perfect resource for finding nail inspiration. A cool painted flower pot that she saw on the site actually helped her devise this pretty design. Using five colors, she completely hand-painted this mani using a detailer brush. (However, nail pens might work better for those of us who aren't pros!)
SHOP NOW: Nubar Sweet Escape polish set, $56
Egg Me On14 of 15
One of our favorite Easter treats are those speckled-egg malt-ball candies, which this mani—by Jenny Pasha—totally resembles. Pasha started by painting each nail with a pastel base, then dotted on some brown spots using acrylic paint diluted with polish remover. For the dusted look, she waited for the nails to dry, then lightly sponged on some diluted white polish. Good enough to eat—almost.
SHOP NOW: Essie polish in Hot Coco, $5
Hopping Around15 of 15
This too-cute design was created by artist Carolina Garcia using lilac polish and a very steady hand. To get adorable bunnies like these without the risk of messing up, try nail decals instead of painting them on.
SHOW NOW: Peeps nail decals, $4
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