Painted Flower

How to give yourself a daisy manicure.

If you’re in the Northern Hemisphere, you’re most likely feeling a touch of spring fever right about now. While the warmer weather and singing birds make me want to get in touch with nature, I’m horribly allergic to practically anything green, so I have to find other ways of spring-ifying my world. Instead of sitting in a field making daisy chains, I can take my allergy medication and paint my nails (indoors).

This manicure is inspired by the lovely, simple flower that is the daisy. It evokes images of the Lisbon girls lying in lush meadows—but for those of us with itchy red noses, it’s thankfully pollen free. Those of you blessed with allergy-free constitutions can try it too. It’s super easy!

What you’ll need:

How to do it:

1. Paint your nails a variety of different colors. The color combo is completely up to you, but I went with a mix of hot pink, orange, and red. (Don’t use yellow or white, because then parts of your daisies won’t show up.) Allow them all to dry before starting the daisies.

2. Use the paintbrush to dip into your bottle of yellow polish, and dab a yellow dot into the center of each nail.

3. Clean your brush with the nail polish remover and paper towels, and then dip it into the white polish. Add a circle of dots around the yellow one, and then very delicately drag the color out toward the center, creating raindrop shapes. When they’re all done they’ll resemble petals. Allow to dry.

4. Cover the dried nails with a quick-drying top coat like Essie’s
Good to Go
. Revel in your masterpiece, then take a Benadryl and enjoy the awesome weather!


  • Cruicked April 12th, 2012 7:27 PM

    They’re like Marina and the Diamonds’ flower ones and I love it.

  • Cosmo Beatrix April 12th, 2012 7:32 PM

    Your hair is amazing! AND the nails OBV :)

  • MissKnowItAll April 12th, 2012 7:35 PM

    Awww. Too cute!

  • Hanaa April 12th, 2012 7:38 PM

    Cute! I’ll be trying this soon ^_^

  • natalie April 12th, 2012 7:51 PM

    Ah! The cutest! It snowed here today but whatever. GONNA IGNORE IT AND GET SPRINGY WITH IT~~

  • hantom April 12th, 2012 8:02 PM

    But did you paint your left hand?!

  • myy April 12th, 2012 8:03 PM

    Love love love this! I’m definitely trying it out today!

  • Adrienne April 12th, 2012 8:11 PM

    I love this so much! This is so cute and seems really easy to do, even if I have short nails. :) Oh and I have a tip: use a basecoat before putting any polish on so your nails won’t turn yellow! And I believe a toothpick or bobby pin will work well if you don’t have a fine brush.

    Plus, I too suffer from severe allergies. Like right now, my nose is running a little and is all red and my eyes are itchy and pink!

  • purplebabaushka April 12th, 2012 8:15 PM

    can’t wait to try it- hope I can do it

  • KinuKinu April 12th, 2012 9:36 PM

    I’m doing this on Saturday or Sunday :D So pretty. Um, how do you do it with your off hand? Maybe I should get my mom to do the other hand for me. You’re so beautiful, Hannah :D

    • Hannah April 13th, 2012 8:37 PM

      Doing the other hand, it’s just important to be very patient and steady your hand on a table. It might take a bit longer than the other hand but I think the extra time is worth it for a cute manicure!

  • SweetThangVintage April 12th, 2012 11:47 PM

    I have the entire day off tomorrow. I think I know what I’m gonna do! :)

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  • ghostworld April 13th, 2012 12:39 AM

    im going to try this with moss green and midnight blue nailpolish for background. and possibly purple too! :) incredible idea.

  • mayaautumn April 13th, 2012 2:53 AM

    sooooo goooood

  • whodatgal April 13th, 2012 3:44 AM

    Anything with flowers must be good! ;)

  • MoniMonster April 13th, 2012 7:37 AM

    Heya, those are some really cute nails, I do little nail illustrations too, from time to time. What always worked best for me was using a toothpick instead of a small brush- just bend the tip a tiny litle bit, allows for more precision & is easier to handle. ;)

  • andrea April 13th, 2012 11:45 AM

    my mom use to paint my nails like this when i was in primary school, she say that was how she paint her nails when she was a teen in the 70′s. such fun memory, ill totally re-do-it now.

  • Dino April 13th, 2012 12:07 PM

    This is genius!

  • MaggietheCat April 13th, 2012 2:06 PM

    Yellow Whiz is the worst name for a nail polish color ever

  • Susann April 13th, 2012 4:40 PM

    That’s a really sweet idea! Perfect for spring :)

  • hollysh April 13th, 2012 11:31 PM

    Hannah, you have the best bangs!

  • sophiew April 14th, 2012 2:11 PM

    o far too darling not to !

  • Maddy April 14th, 2012 8:50 PM

    nice! I just did mine. I used clear on the bottom and top, so I have, like, 4 layers of nail polish on.

    They look red, but they’re pink.

    • Maddy April 14th, 2012 8:52 PM

      ugh i just spent forever trying to insert an image of them. wordpress just didn’t care. i was going to send a picture, but it doesn’t seem like you guys really need or use them. so…should i? and where to shalt i send it?

  • Kate April 15th, 2012 8:05 PM

    These are wonderful! I’m definitely going to try this, thanks!

  • thebrownette April 20th, 2012 2:16 PM

    AHHHjust like Marina Diamandis’!!!!