Nails by Asami: September 2009
This is one of my all-time favorite designs. I wear it during all seasons, and it looks pretty cute as a pedicure too. (Big toes as strawberries, leaving your other toes undecorated.)
If you’re just getting into nail art, this is an ideal design to start with as it’s quite uncomplicated yet results in a lot of compliments.
One of the best things about this manicure is that nearly any shade of red or pink nail polish will work. Choose pink for a sweet, innocent manicure or a deep red for riper, more vibrant looking strawberries. A jelly, creme, matte or shimmer polish will work for this manicure. Regardless of which strawberry-shade you apply, the final result will be easily recognizable.
Apply your strawberry-colored nail polish. Pictured above is only one coat of Zoya’s Matte Velvet polish in “Posh.” Even though I chose to work with a matte polish, my final results are shiny because I coated my nails with a traditional topcoat.
Using a small rounded paintbrush and green acrylic paint, swipe a stripe onto the tip of your nail. If you do not have these supplies, you can use any deep green nail polish; you’ll just have a more difficult time achieving precise stripes.
Continue making stripes, connecting them at the very tip of your nail. This is easier to do than it sounds, and don’t worry about making perfect stripes. You want a bit of randomness and uneven length, as your strawberries will appear more organic and natural when you’re finished.
Then, using a dotting tool dipped into white acrylic paint or a toothpick dipped into white nail polish, prepare to create your strawberry’s “seeds.”
Dot, dot, dot on a few random spots. Do not consider placement, as with your green stripes you want these to appear organic.
At this point your strawberries should look something like the above example.
Apply a clear topcoat to seal in your acrylic paint work and protect your design. (And in my case, to make my matte strawberries shiny.)
Your strawberries nails are finished!