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Seasons change, but nail art is always in!
Trees can be a super fun nail art design for any season! This tutorial outlines how to do a straight-line tree on one nail, but once you have the technique down, you can add curvature to your branches and spread them out over multiple nails to create complex looks!

Posted by lacquerologist from Canton, Ohio, United States • Published See lacquerologist's 7 projects »
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  • How to paint a nail painting. Tree Nail Art - Step 1
    Step 1

    Apply base coat to your nails, then apply your base color to your nails. You can also add texture. Dots or sponging or plastic wrap texture applied to the upper 2/3 of your nail closest to your free edge can look like leaves! For this tutorial, I am showing you several options! On my ring finger, I have a base of Essie Where's My Chauffeur? and sponging in OPI Live And Let Die. On my middle finger, I simply have a base of OPI French Quarter For Your Thoughts (START WITH THIS ONE IF YOU'RE A BEGINNER!). And on my pointer finger, I have a base of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls with dots in three shades: Zoya Gie Gie, Zoya Piaf, and Zoya Julie. These are all options you could do, depending on the season you are trying to represent! =)

  • How to paint a nail painting. Tree Nail Art - Step 2
    Step 2

    Once your base color/texture has dried for 5-10 minutes, use your black striper to create two straight lines up from your cuticle. These lines should run paralell to each other and go up about 1/3 of your nail from the cuticle. These form the sides of your trunk.

  • How to paint a nail painting. Tree Nail Art - Step 3
    Step 3

    Add roots to your trunk by adding too small lines at an angle to the trunk near your cuticle.

  • How to paint a nail painting. Tree Nail Art - Step 4
    Step 4

    Fill in your trunk and roots using long strokes of your striping brush.

  • How to paint a nail painting. Tree Nail Art - Step 5
    Step 5

    Create your first two branches. I like to make sure that they aren't quite perpendicular to the trunk, a little above horizontal. You can make them thick if you want.

  • How to paint a nail painting. Tree Nail Art - Step 6
    Step 6

    Add your last two branches.

  • How to paint a nail painting. Tree Nail Art - Step 7
    Step 7

    Fill in your first branch by adding small branches on either side. You can add them wherever you want and at any angle.

  • How to paint a nail painting. Tree Nail Art - Step 8
    Step 8

    Complete your tree by adding small branches to your other three branches. These can overlap! Also, you can add smaller branches on to your small branches, and so on and so on to make your tree larger and/or fuller. Once your tree is complete, you can add more texture, if you'd like.

  • How to paint a nail painting. Tree Nail Art - Step 9
    Step 9

    Clean-up with acetone and an angled eyeliner brush. Once dry, apply top coat to seal in the design!

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MunsterNCookie
MunsterNCookie · Yuma, Arizona, US · 4 projects
Definitely gonba try this. I love the one withbthe blue background . Thank you Happy
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