The Nail Files: Banging Out a Butterfly

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I've seen butterflies on Pinterest for a while, so I figured that I'd give it a go because butterflies are pretty and...well...I like pretty nails. Haha!

What I used this week:

The Mani:

The Pic-torial:

Step 1: Two coats of Gumdrop, dried completely.

Step 2: Drop blobs of Gumdrop and Turned Up Turquoise onto a piece of paper so they touch each other. This is important. If they don't touch, you'll have a harder time blending them.

Step 3: Using the thinnest end of the sponge (I find it works the best), dab the polish on the upper half of your nail. When dry, drop a blob of Turned Up Turquoise alone, pick it up with the sponge, and dab on the upper third of your nail (for a more dramatic look). This step is where you'll know if your base coat was, in fact, totally dry. If it wasn't, then after a few dabs of the sponge, you'll lift up chunks of the base coat, which will leave you with hole-like problems (which is exactly what happened to me...twice--you can see one in the top right of this picture). You've been warned. ;)

Step 4: Add a little sparkle with Mermaid Tale.

Step 5: Paint a black half-circle on the bottom corner of your nail. Sweeping up and to the side, create three, evenly spaced lines. Fill in the edges so each of the "wings" has a rounded top.

Step 6: With a small dotting tool, add a few white dots to the filled-in black section. (Also, I filled in a little more sparkle so it reached the bottom half-circle.)

Then all you need to do is clean up your skin and add a top coat!

I have to say that I think this is one of the prettiest manis ever. I know that I have a tendency to say that a lot, but while my nails were all butterfly-y, I noticed that I was spending a considerable amount of time just staring at them (which wasn't the best move while driving, haha). The fade is so pretty and the sparkles really take everything to the next level. And originally, I used one grey on the rest of my fingers, but it looked boring, so I added a darker shade to make a soft gradient.

This is definitely a design that I'll do again, maybe even on my toes!

Have an awesome weekend, everyone!

And thanks to Tara and Vicki for hosting!


  1. Can I just say I love your watermark lmbo. Awesome mani and tutorial.

  2. speechless....I have no words! Well, I guess I do. You are SO talented! What a pretty mani, great idea! I know I already said it last week, but I LOVE your pictorials!! SO helpful!! Have a great weekend! xo Amber

  3. OMG! Wow... you nails are AH-MAY-ZING! Great job.

  4. Amazing!!!! I have done mermaidish nails before but these butterflies are lovely!!

  5. Jennie!!! Oh my GOODNESS! This came out AMAZING. You totally mastered this one. Awesome awesome awesome :)

  6. Oh yours came out soooooo much better than my butterfly ones did. They look great!!!

  7. Wow, I'm in awe. Seriously pretty!

  8. This mani is AMAZING Jennie! You have so much patience and skillllllllll! Gorgeous!


  9. So...I'm super shitty at using my nail brushes :( It either looks like a disaster or like I used a regular nail polish brush. I'm just convinced you have secret powers.

  10. Seriously just come do my nails. Stop making me drool on my computer, it's not good for the keyboard. CANNOT HANDLE THE AWESOME.

  11. I agree with Kjpugs!!! AWESOME AS ALWAYS!!


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