How to Paint Daisies on Your Nails


Daisies are simple enough to paint that you don't need decals to add this sweet flower to your nails. This tutorial explains how to make the traditional yellow-and-white daisy, but you can be as creative with the petal colors as you like — just make sure to consider how all of the colors, from the background to the flower, will look when put together.

Things You'll Need

  • 3 nail polish colors
  • Clear base coat polish
  • Clear top coat polish
  • Small-bristled paintbrush or toothpicks

Begin by removing any old polish from your nails. Apply a thin coat of clear base coat nail polish. Allow the base coat to dry.

Apply a dark-colored nail polish, such as black, navy blue or dark red. This will be the background for your daisies. The darker the background color, the more your white daisies pop. Allow the first coat of background color to dry and then apply a second coat. Allow both coats to fully dry (at least 20 to 30 minutes).

Use a small-bristled paintbrush or toothpick to paint a yellow circle in the center of each nail. The circle will be the center of your daisy. Simply dip the paintbrush or toothpick into your nail polish and apply a small dot to the nail.

Draw the white petals of the daisy. Clean off the yellow paint from your paintbrush and dry the bristles with a cloth, or use a new toothpick. You can draw straight lines out from the center dot or encircle the center dot with white dots — the latter might be easier if you don't have a steady hand. You'll probably need about six or seven lines or dots to make a full-looking daisy. Allow the white petals to fully dry.

Finish by protecting your nails with a clear top coat. You can get pinkish top coats to make your flowers appear with more of a pink tint. Allow your nails another 20 minutes to fully dry.

Tips & Warnings

  • Stems aren't necessary, and most nails won't have room for them anyway, but they might look cute on thumb nails or big toes.

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