Marimekko Nail Art Tutorial

Hi everyone! Today we have another nail art tutorial for you. This nail art manicure is perfect for Spring and Summer, featuring this years Spring shades by OPI and China Glaze. This time the skill level is for intermediate nail painters, but beginners can leave out a few of the more intricate steps and still have a great result. Let’s take a look!


Doesn’t it look beautiful? We love Marimekko fashion prints. They are so inspiring and simply perfect for a Spring-themed manicure. The image below shows our inspiration for this manicure. These are four prints by Finnish design company, Marimekko. Their signature style is bold graphic prints with bright colours. They are distinctive and very recognizable.


Now let’s take a look at our step-by-step tutorial shall we?


  1. Start with a base colour. We’re using two coats of a plain white, OPI Alpine Snow.
  2. With a detailer nail art brush create five-petal flowers in random places. We’re using a lovely periwinkle blue from the China Glaze Spring collection, China Glaze Fade Into Hue. Make sure to leave open some spaces since we’ll be adding more flowers in another shade! If you wish, you can stop here and add top coat. Or you can add some of the finishing details in the next few steps. It’s entirely up to you!
  3. Fill in the gaps with more five-petal flowers. We’re using another shade from the China Glaze Avant Garden collection, China Glaze Fancy Pants. You can add “half” flowers that fall off the edge of your nail so it looks like the pattern is continuous.
  4. With a lighter color blue, add a dot in the center of each flower. We’re using China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On which is a lovely pale mint green. For easy dots use a dotting tool!
  5. Using a dark blue shade, add tiny dots in the middle of the dots we just placed. We’re using OPI I Saw… U Saw… We Saw… Warsaw. This is the finishing touch to the flowers! Aren’t they looking great?
  6. With the same dark blue and a liner nail art brush, add stems in between the flowers. This is a little tricky, as you have to make sure the lines are very thin. This will give you the best result! Try to barely touch the nail and just let the brush flow across to form a line.

Add top coat and you’re done! We recommend Seche Vite for ultra-fast drying results and a dazzling shiny finish.


And here we have it, the final result! Looks great, right?! It’s such a bold design and it looks really effective on the nails too. People will be amazed that you painted it by hand!

If you try out this design after seeing our tutorial, make sure to let us know by leaving a comment or posting your picture to our Facebook page. We’d love to see what you make of this Marimekko print. Thanks for checking out our tutorial and happy painting!

China Glaze Avant Garden Spring/Summer 2013 Swatches

Hi everyone! Today we’re sharing exclusive swatches of the China Glaze Avant Garden collection for Spring/Summer 2013. A collection full of unique and wonderful shades, brights and pastels. Let’s take a look!

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China Glaze Life Is Rosy: Blushed mauve creme (2 coats). This is a beautiful dusty shade. It’s a nice pop of colour without being too overwhelming. We think this is a wearable color for all ages! It’s fun and bright, but still has a muted quality.


China Glaze Pink-ie Promise: Iridescent baby pink creme (3 coats). This is a gorgeous pale pink. Like the previous shade, this also has a subtle dusty quality. It has a very subtle shimmer too. So delicate!


China Glaze Tart-y For The Party: Light lavender creme (2 coats). We love this beautiful lavender shade! It’s soft, pretty and squishy! This is the perfect pastel purple, a must-have in anyone’s collection.


China Glaze Fade Into Hue: Periwinkle creme (3 coats). This is a very interesting dusty blue. We haven’t seen colors like this often! It’s a dusty blue periwinkle. This one appears like a shiny jelly polish but covers like a creme. We love it!


China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On: Sea foam green creme (3 coats). This is a beautiful pale mint green with soft silver shimmer. It’s packed with shimmer! Another unique shade, we definitely haven’t seen anything like this before.


China Glaze Dandy Lyin’ Around: Shimmery vanilla icing (4 coats). This is a cute sheer white with lots of shimmer. We see hints of blue, green and pink. It’s very sparkly in person, you’ll have to take our word for it. It comes to life in the sunshine! This will be great for layering over other shades to add some pretty sparkles.


China Glaze Mimosa’s Before Mani’s: Coral with a light wash of shimmer (3 coats). This is a pretty coral shade with subtle shimmer. A very fun, bright summery colour! We highly recommend this for pedicures. 🙂


China Glaze Passion For Petals: Bright salmon pink creme (2 coats). This is a pretty interesting shade, also a little hard to describe. At first glance it looks like a red, but it’s more unique and interesting. It’s a dusty, pink-ish red. It also covered extremely well! Flawless formula on this one.


China Glaze Snap My Dragon: Bright red with pink shimmer (2 coats). This is an amazing fiery red with hot pink shimmer. The pink shimmer is a lot more visible in person, it’s very beautiful and sexy.


China Glaze Fancy Pants: Indigo with pink and purple shimmer (2 coats). Now this is probably one of the coolest blue shades we’ve seen! It has pink shimmer! Isn’t that amazing? It’s a wearable blue as it’s muted but still has an interesting quality because of the shimmer.


China Glaze Sunday Funday: Bright blue creme (2 coats). This is an amazing vivid turquoise blue. We’re instantly transported to the beach with a cocktail in our hand when we see this colour, in our heads anyway. 🙂 It screams summer holidays!


China Glaze Budding Romance: Moss green jelly (4 coats). Now, isn’t this an interesting shade? You don’t see an olive green often, but we do like this one a lot. It’s very fashionable and hip. You either love it or hate it!


And finally, an overview of all the shades! We absolutely love this collection, it’s full of interesting colors. At first glance we thought this would be a pretty pastel collection but nothing out of the ordinary. That definitely wasn’t the case! China Glaze impressed us with twelve wonderful shades you don’t want to miss.

Which one would you love to add to your collection? What’s your favorite color from the China Glaze Avant Garden collection? Let us know in the comments!

All twelve China Glaze Avant Garden shades are available for purchase at Phoenix Beauty Lounge!