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Okay! Here’s a little pictorial I put together really quick for my latest floral look. I used a tiny trimmed down acrylic paint brush (Loew Cornell No. 18/0 liner) but I think you could use dotting tools and a bigger brush.
1. Paint nail a dark blue shade (I like to use a fast dry top coat here).
2. Paint the base petals in a dark orange.
3. Add in lighter orange accents over the dark orange.
4. Add a bit more dark orange for good measure (if you want).
5. Add a ring of tiny dots in the center with a dark blue shade.
6. Add tiny yellow dots to the center of the ring you just made.
7. Paint tiny yellow dashes around the outside of the dark blue ring. I painted slightly over the dark blue to help blend it a bit.
8. Use a bright blue and randomly add blobs of color to your nail. Don’t be afraid to cover the orange flower a bit. Seriously though, these are just blob…which is hard for me to do because I’m terrible at being “random”.
9. Add smaller random blobs in light blue to the middle of the bright blue spots.
10. Finally, add 2-3 tiny yellow dots to each of the blue flowers you’ve created.
Let me know if you have questions or anything :)

Cuticle Care Is Easy

Growing up, I remember my mother used to push back her cuticles whenever she washed the dishes in the kitchen sink. At the time, she stated that the best time to push back the cuticle was when your hands were really wet. As it turns out, that advice is still valid today.
The cuticle protects both the base of the nail and your finger. When cuticles are not properly cared for, they become dry, cracked and easily torn or cut, causing them to bleed. In short, your cuticles can become a mess.
The basics of cuticle care haven’t really changed over the ages. While we may have new discoveries for anti-wrinkle agents or hair regrowth products, the lonely and forgotten cuticle remains one of the simplest and quickest areas to care for. The steps are simple, uncomplicated and don’t require any special potions or visits to a spa.
Cuticle Rule One: Don’t push back your cuticles when they are dry. This will damage them, crack them or possibly cause some minor bleeding. The best time to treat your cuticles is when they are very wet as this softens the tissue, making it easier to manipulate. Then, as they dry, the cuticle will stay in the place you put it.
Cuticle Rule Two: Stay away from sharp metal objects. Believe it or not, you don’t have to trim your cuticles. In fact, you shouldn’t. Using small scissors, files or other metal tools will damage the cuticle and leave you at risk to infections. Besides, you don’t need to cut them, you just need to push them back and exfoliate them a bit.
Cuticle Rule Three: Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Did I mention – moisturize? For deep and nourishing hydration, try some essential oils on your nails and cuticles to leave on overnight. Olive oil is great, but any hydrating oil will do the trick. As for the rest of the time, apply hand lotion to your cuticles at least once a day to keep them supple. The brand doesn’t even matter, because your cuticles aren’t fussy and are rarely sensitive. Whatever you have on hand will do, wrinkle cream, hand lotion, baby lotion, even a little hair conditioner if you’re in a pinch. Really, anything will do.
That’s it. Three golden rules for cuticle care that have not changed in centuries. Strong and healthy cuticles make your nails look longer, healthier and prettier, so by all means, soak them, push them and lotion them every day.

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