Ombre and Floral Nail Art - The New French Manicure

Even though spring is not really upon us (aka New York City is covered in snow), you know this girl’s mind is already in a field of flowers, wearing pastel dresses, and enjoying the warm sunshine. Inspired by floral crowns and bright spring colors, I created a simple nail art with pink peonies and an ombre background.

The post title of a new french manicure might seem a bit “drastic,” but I think ombre white tips are much easier to achieve at home (and on both hands).  The application does not need to be as precise when sponging the white nail polish on and unlike a french tip which requires uniformity, ombre nail art is meant to look different per nail. I choose white ombre due to its effect of making nails appear longer and more elegant - this subtle and easy design puts a modern spin on the traditional french nails. I tried to keep the peony flower accents as small as possible and placed them at the base of the nail to imitate the look of a flower crown. While you could paint the peonies on every nail, alternating the pattern makes this nail art more simple and wearable.

I’ll keep this post short and sweet - I hope this nail art gave you some inspiration for the spring season that’s soon to come (fingers crossed!).  Let me know in the comments what is your favorite polish to wear in the spring time, and I’ll feature it in a future nail art post.  If you’re still unsure about how to create the ombre effect, be sure to read our ombre tutorials here and here. (link Dotting Tools).

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

  • drinkcitra

    Aw I love how cute this is! I love how dainty the flowers are 😀

  • Lucy (the Nail Snail)

    These are so delicate and pretty, I love the look of the white ombre :) I’m thinking of spring too!

  • vicki bruce

    This is so pretty! I am such a novice when it comes to Nail Art. I want to try some simple designs this year.

  • Georgia Weedon

    These are so cute! You must have a really steady hand to do the flower design! xx

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    • Pretty Squared

      no steady hand needed, with flowers that aren’t this exact the more graphical (read: messy), the better!

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  • Carmen

    Really cute idea, I like the flower details :)

    • Pretty Squared

      thank you, I adore flowers on nail art haha

  • Life of Verity

    So gorgeous, the little flower details are so delicate and pretty xxx

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    • Pretty Squared

      aww, thank you! that’s exactly the look I was going for :)

  • Hilary

    Loving this manicure!

    • Pretty Squared

      thank you Hilary! :)