Half-moon cuticle nail art for St. Patricks Day and Girl Scouts!

Half-moon cuticle nail art for St. Patricks Day and Girl Scouts!


Hey lovelies, it’s Lio. So, there are a bunch of things going on in
March. St Patrick’s Day is my mother in law’s favorite
holiday, so of course we have to *ahem* celebrate that. Meanwhile, any parent of a girl scout knows
this is cookie season. So, how do I stay on point for both while
running around with two little kids in tow and zero freaking time? NAIL ART! let’s get to it. *Lio Lovely – “Do Do Do” * Nails are cleaned, prepped and base coated,
and I’ll start off with a bright emerald green. I mean, of course. It’s St Patrick’s day. I have to do two coats for good opacity. At its core, this look is a take on the old-school
half moon cuticle, so if things get streaky toward the tip or if I miss a spot it’s not
a big deal. However, I have to get REALLY precise on that
cuticle line, and make sure everything is cleaned up with a small brush and some acetone
before I hit the next steps. The pigment bleed potential is real y’all. From here, let it dry, and then there are
a couple ways to proceed. I’ve seen lots of tutorials where people use
those little hole punch page reinforcers or other small circular stickers to mask off
the half moon. Uh it might be tough to find actual office
supplies in my office. Uh, here’s a small stickers that could maybe
work… and kinda looks like a butthole. Cool. Anyway, If this is your plan, make sure you
use a quick dry top coat over your green and let it dry before you put the stickers on
to prevent peeling. Just stick em on, paint over, then remove,
preferably while the upper color is still a little wet, and keep it moving. I should definitely mention here that, because
this isn’t designed for this purpose, your result might be a little… less great than
maybe you wanted. There are 2 ways to freehand in this mess. If you’re not super confident yet use a toothpick
or tiny brush to draw a little half moon as a guide, then stick within the boundary, and
paint in the rest. This is a bit fussy, but it gives you some
training wheels. Conversely, if you’re a badass you can just
use your nail brush to do the whole thing, but this gives you a lot of room to screw
up. If you do go this route using a flat nail
brush instead of the one that came in the bottle may be a good idea, since you’ll know
right where the edge of the polish will be with each stroke. In any case, that’s about it for the half
moon part. If your polish is a little less than opaque,
like mine, you may need a second coat, but clean up them cuticles, let it dry, and now
we’ll be doing a little decorating. For St Patrick’s Day, we’re doing shamrocks. I mean, of course. They couldn’t be easier to make. We always have mini ice cream lids lying around,
so I’m upcycling one to keep this mani nice and green. Get it? Because the environment and also the nail
polish? Don’t forget to like this video and subscribe! I practiced a little on my mat, too. Small three-leafed shamrocks could be cute,
but I think I’m going with these V-shaped leaves on a four-leaf clover. I want it to be a little bit bigger, so I’m
going to use some of these things that should NEVER EVER go anywhere NEAR your cuticles
to cut the toothpick in half for a bigger dotting tool… and That’s it. Really. I will say, if you’re upcycling, make sure
you don’t use the printed side of your lid. Though the plastic itself won’t react with
polish, the printing will. I may or may not have ruined a mani this way
in the past. …More than once. I’m using my usual top coat, but you may want
to opt for no-smear, they’re sometimes labeled stamping top coat, because the difference
in colors here is pretty stark and if it smears it’s gonna show. Personally I like to live dangerously, especially
when Guinness is involved. But wait! How do I go from funtime Shamrocks to cookie
mom? Get that toothpick back out. The girl scout trefoil insignia is remarkably
similar to a four leaf clover. The sides are a bit higher, and there’s a
little V on the bottom. Personally I can never manage to get really
crisp Vs the first time around, so I let the green dry, then go back in with white to refine
my lines. If you have skills, you can also think about
adding the faces but look, if I can’t do a straight line you think I’m doing tiny faces? This mani and its edit is all about keeping
it easy anyway because no y’all, really, I gotta go. I’ll see you next time! Oh, hey wait. You wanna buy some cookies?

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