Palm Tree Manicure

Try this simple and colorful summer manicure!
Palm Tree Manicure

This manicure uses a variety of techniques, once you get the hang of it play around with colors and make it your own. The sunset sky ombre pattern is beautiful on by itself or try it with different shades of the same color.

Like all manicures it’s important to start with a layer of base coat to protect your nails and make the manicure last longer. Make a little tin foil palette to use as a work space before painting your nails so you don’t smudge them.

  1. Paint two coats of a light beige color on your accent nails – I painted five nails but you can do more or less.  Let them dry for 2 minutes.
  2. To make the sunset sky gradient you add a few drops of the blue, purple and beige to the tin foil palette.
  3. Add the polish on in layers to create a gradient/ombre effect using a makeup brush, q-tip or cotton swab. Start by sponging on a little blue at the top of each beige nail.  Dab it so it fades slightly into the base coat. Follow it with purple/pink color blending them in as you go.  If the colors ever get too saturated, you can add more of the base color.
  4. Once you are happy with your sky color, paint on a top coat before the colors start to dry.  This will help the colors blend together and stay intact.
  5. Repeat the same process on the other hand.
  6. While the sunset sky nails dry, you can paint the other nails whatever color you like.  I chose a fun peach/coral polish, they would also look great with a plain beige coat.
  7. Once the sunset sky nails have dried a little bit, add the palm trees. Dab a few drops of brown nail polish to the tin foil palette. Use striping brush to make long lines for the trunks of the palm trees and curved lines for branches.  You can also paint on some wide “M’s” for birds above the trees or by themselves.
  8. Finish off your nails with a layer of top coat.