Here is the tutorial I promised! You can check out the original butterfly wing nails post here.
For this demonstration, I just did the design on my ring finger. I painted the rest with OPI Are We There Yet?, a shimmery peachy-orange shade. Unfortunately, my camera and the terrible lighting can’t show you its beauty.
Let’s get started!
1. Paint your nails with a base colour. On my ring finger, I used Revlon Peachy.
2. Once the base colour is mostly dry, paint a sponge with the other wing colours. You can paint overlapping stripes directly on the sponge and then stamp it over your nail in order to create a smooth gradient effect. Alternatively, you can sponge the colours on the nail one at a time.
The top colour on the sponge is China Glaze Make Some Noise, the middle colour is OPI Brights Power and the bottom colour is Revlon Peachy. I painted the sponge with Revlon Peachy even though it was already on my nail as the base colour just to create an even smoother blend between each shade.
Here’s what the sponge gradient looks like.
3. Once your gradient is dry (I used a fast-drying topcoat after Step 2), you can start your design! I used a black nail art striper, but you could use a thin paintbrush or a toothpick dipped in black nail polish.
Draw a curved line on the lower half of the nail.
4. Next, draw curved lines going toward the upper corner of your nail, dividing the wing into different sections.
5. Connect all the lines so that the top of each section is rounded. Then fill in the top of the nail with black nail polish.
6. Next, make white dots in varying sizes. You can use a dotting tool or a toothpick dipped in white nail polish.
7. Add topcoat and you’re done!