Butterfly | Nail Art

Want to know how to create this butterfly nail look? Follow our 10 step guide below!

 

The products we used to create this look:

Nail varnish and nail art tools

1. Vitamin Base Coat – Natural Collection
2. Long Lasting Nail Effects – Collection – Peacock
3. 7 Day Wear Nail Polish – Collection – White Out
4. Lasting Gel Nail Colour – Collection – Blackjack
5. Pointed Drawing Brush (small)
6. Dotting Pen

 

Now lets show you how we created this look!

Butterfly nail art, base coat nail varnish

 

STEP 1

First of all it is important to make sure your nails are clean and ready to be painted before we start, so we need to do a little bit of preparation. If you have nail varnish on already, you will need to take it off with some nail varnish remover. After this is done, I usually wash my hands just to just to ensure my nails are completely clean.

Then it’s time to tidy your nails up a little and shape them to how you want them with your file. If you want make your nails appear longer you can push back your cuticles. If you place your hand in some warm water for a few minutes, it will help soften your skin making it easier for you to do this.

Once you are ready, you should apply a base coat to your nail as this will protect your nails from being stained but also will make applying your nail varnish much smoother. We used the Vitamin Base Coat (1) to do this.

 

Butterfly nail art, sparkly green blue nail varnish, white nail varnish

STEP 2

Once your base coat is dry (this shouldn’t take too long), we can start moving on to the more exciting parts – deciding what colour you want your nails to be! For this look, we decided to have the ring finger and the middle finger as the main focus so we painted that nail with the nail varnish in the colour White Out (3) and the rest of the nails with the gorgeous sparkly green (2) nail varnish. We applied 2 coats of the nail varnish as this makes sure the nails are covered well.

We recommend you apply 2 thin coats rather than one thick one as the thicker the coat, the longer it will take to dry.

 

Butterfly nail art, sparkly green blue nail varnish, white nail varnish

STEP 3

Once the sparkly green nail varnish is dry, the real fun begins – time to start creating the butterfly. First of all, we have to paint on the black lines for the butterflies body – to do this, we used the dotting pen (6) with the nail varnish in the colour Blackjack (4).

We painted these on the nails so it will look like they are joined together when the nails are together (you can see this in the bottom image!).

 

Butterfly nail art, sparkly green blue nail varnish, white nail varnish

STEP 4

After you have painted on the butterflies body, it’s time to add some antenna’s! We painted these on using the dotting pen (6) with the nail varnish in the colour Blackjack (4).

 

Butterfly nail art, sparkly green blue nail varnish, white nail varnish

STEP 5

Now the real fun begins – it’s time to start creating the butterflies wings! We decided to shape them as you can see in the picture above, by using the dotting pen (6) and the nail varnish in the colour Blackjack (4).

We made a thicker line on the outer side of the wings as you can see above, so we can add some extra detail there later on.

 

Butterfly nail art, sparkly green blue nail varnish, white nail varnish

STEP 6

Next, we painted on the other butterfly wing on the ring finger like we did in step 5 so they look the same!

 

Butterfly nail art, sparkly green blue nail varnish, white nail varnish

STEP 7

Now it’s time to add the pretty colour to the wings! To create the effect we did with the nail varnish – we started with the lightest shade first. To create this colour, we added some white nail varnish (3) to the nail varnish in the colour Peacock (2) and mixed it together. Once we were happy with the colour, we painted it on each wing using the small pointed nail brush (5).

Next we created a slightly darker shade by adding a smaller amount of white (3) nail varnish compared to last time. Again, once we were happy – we painted it on the wing next to the lighter shade.

We repeated this process once more and added even less of the white (3) nail varnish then before to create the darkest tone. Finally, we blended it out to the edge of the wing with the nail varnish in the colour Peacock (2).

 

Butterfly nail art, sparkly green blue nail varnish, white nail varnish

STEP 8

Once the nail varnish is dry after painting on the butterfly wings, it’s time to start adding the detail to the wings!

Firstly, we painted on the line to separate the wings by using the dotting pen (6) and the nail varnish in the colour Blackjack (4).

 

Butterfly nail art, sparkly green blue nail varnish, white nail varnish

STEP 9

Next we painted on some thin lines halfway up the nail to create the first bit of detail for the butterfly wing. To do this, we used the dotting pen (6) with the nail varnish in the colour Blackjack (4).

 

Butterfly nail art, sparkly green blue nail varnish, white nail varnish

STEP 10

Now it’s time to add the final touch to the look – adding the last bit of detail to the butterfly wing.

We painted on some thin lines in the outer section of the butterfly wing using the dotting pen (6) with the nail varnish in the colour Blackjack (4) in the shape of diamonds.

And that’s it – a gorgeous butterfly look for your nails that is perfect if you love butterflies, want to add a bit of extra detail to your nails, for everyday wear and if you are going out! 🦋

 

Butterfly nail art, sparkly green blue nail varnish, white nail varnish

 

Now it’s your turn! Have you created this look? We’d love to see it – tag us on Twitter and Instagram!

 

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36 Comments

  • Lena Dee January 25, 2018 at 8:21 pm

    I checked your site last night looking to see if you had any new designs up….yayyy what a cowinkydink! I love this design…honest butterflies are my spirit bug (lol if that’s a thing)

    xx Lena | https://lenadeexo.com

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    • Creative Nails January 25, 2018 at 8:56 pm

      Haha, we’ve got quite a few coming soon – we’ve been quite busy working on Valentine’s Day themed nail looks 😀 we’ll be posting lots soon, don’t worry! Haha, butterflies are so pretty! It was so much fun creating this!

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  • Alice January 25, 2018 at 8:37 pm

    Oh my gosh this design is gorgeous! I say this is every time but I just have no idea how you create such intricate and cute designs, they always look so damn good! The green on the other nails is such a lovely colour too, my birth stone is Emerald so I’m a huge fan of deep green 🙂
    Alice Xx

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    • Creative Nails January 25, 2018 at 8:58 pm

      Thank you so much for this lovely comment 🙂 it is such a lovely colour isn’t it! I got it before Christmas and was so sad I didn’t use it sooner, haha. It’s definitely a favourite of mine now!

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  • Jemma January 25, 2018 at 8:57 pm

    What a cute design. Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Jemma x

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  • Sophie January 25, 2018 at 9:27 pm

    The detail on this is insane! I was reading thinking ‘yes this is so simple, I’ve got this’, then I saw that beautiful butterfly close up. You guys never fail to astound me x

    Sophie
    http://www.glowsteady.co.uk

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    • Creative Nails January 25, 2018 at 9:45 pm

      You can do this – I believe! 🙂 Thank you so much!

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  • Lauren January 28, 2018 at 10:57 am

    Oh my goodness! You are very talented, I have trouble with just painting my nails as I want them to be perfect so usually get them shellacked. You are very creative and they look beautiful x

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    • Creative Nails January 28, 2018 at 11:14 am

      Aww, thank you so much 🙂 I always want mine to be perfect too, haha, I know what that’s like! It’s always nice having your nails painted whatever you do 🙂

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  • Sophie January 28, 2018 at 11:11 am

    What a beautiful look! I love how creative and unique you are with these looks!- https://sophiehearts.net x

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    • Creative Nails January 28, 2018 at 11:17 am

      Thank you! It’s so much fun coming up with these looks, so glad you like them 🙂

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  • The Travel Bugster January 28, 2018 at 12:13 pm

    I LOVE these designs. They’re so beautiful and creative! will checking this site more often for more ideas.

    http://www.thetravelbugster.com

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    • Creative Nails January 28, 2018 at 12:46 pm

      Thank you so much! 😀 So glad you love them! We’ll have plenty more coming soon to help keep you inspired for nail looks! 🙂

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  • Kelly January 28, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    Wow! This tutorial is amazing! I really struggle with doing my nails, especially the step before painting, pushing the cuticles etc and tidying up!

    Kelly
    http://thiswayandthatway.com

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    • Creative Nails January 28, 2018 at 9:07 pm

      Thank you! So glad you liked it 🙂 it just takes a bit of practice and learn what suits you!

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  • Erin January 28, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    What a cool design! I am amazed at how you can be so creative with your nails! I looked at a couple others on your site too and they are pretty cool!

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    • Creative Nails January 28, 2018 at 9:08 pm

      Aww, thank you so much – it’s so much fun trying to think of different designs and deciding what colours to use 🙂

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  • Mollie January 28, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Love this post, such an amazing design so creative and so talented! X

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    • Creative Nails January 28, 2018 at 9:09 pm

      Thank you – so glad you loved the post 🙂 it was a lot of fun creating this one!

      Reply
  • Hanna Mai January 28, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    Love this post! I want to maybe try some new things with my nails haha so maybe this would be fun for spring

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    • Creative Nails January 28, 2018 at 9:14 pm

      Ooo, we’d love to see it if you try it out 🙂 this look is also great as you could do it in so many different colours so you could change it to a pretty bright colour that would be perfect for spring/summer!

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  • corinne & kirsty January 28, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    oh em gee this design is absolutely gorgeous! and so delicate! It looks so nice and you are so talented! I would need to practice so much to achieve this! xx corinne

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    • Creative Nails January 29, 2018 at 8:14 pm

      Thank you so much – it’s definitely a favourite of mine this look 🙂 so I would say it’s so worth practicing haha 😛

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  • Eva January 28, 2018 at 9:24 pm

    omg this is gorgeoussssss!!! You’re so so amazing at nail art! There is so much attention to detail! x

    whatevawears.co.uk

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    • Creative Nails January 29, 2018 at 8:21 pm

      Aww, thank you so much for this lovely comment! Yeah I did quite a lot of detailing to it – pretty proud of how it came out! 🙂

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  • Dalindcy January 28, 2018 at 9:35 pm

    Honestly, I don’t paint my nails as much as I’d like to but my mom has been a nail stylist for over 15 years so I grew up with it. and I loveeeeee this! So pretty!

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    • Creative Nails January 29, 2018 at 8:29 pm

      Aww, thank you so much – thats really lovely to hear! I didn’t want to take this off my nails haha. I’ve just taught this all myself so I can’t wait to see how I grow 😀

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  • Jenny January 28, 2018 at 11:37 pm

    You’re crazy talented! I just zoomed in on the butterfly detailing and it’s absolutely insane how pristine you manage to get it! I used to do nail art in the past but I stayed away from very fine detailing because I knew I’d make a mess haha! Such a pretty design!

    Jenny xx
    https://www.theconfessionsofanonlineshopaholic.com

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    • Creative Nails January 29, 2018 at 8:33 pm

      Haha, yeah – I was hoping that I wouldn’t mess it up and luckily I have a steady hand it seems haha. Thank you – so glad you like it! 🙂

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  • Charli Dawns January 29, 2018 at 4:04 pm

    You are so talented! Totally wish I was able to do things like this but with your step-by-step I think I could definitely try! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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    • Creative Nails January 29, 2018 at 8:38 pm

      You should try it – if you follow our tutorial hopefully it will make it a lot easier for you 🙂 Let us know if you do try it, we’d love to see a picture! So glad you liked our design!

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  • Rita January 29, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    It’s so beautiful! Excellent nail art!

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    • Creative Nails January 29, 2018 at 8:39 pm

      Thank you! I couldn’t stop looking at it after I painted it haha, I was so proud!

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  • Huda January 29, 2018 at 5:21 pm

    I love how unique this design is, I’ve actuallt not seen anything like it before! Loveeee it!

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    • Creative Nails January 29, 2018 at 8:40 pm

      I had the thought in my head one evening before getting into bed and couldn’t wait to give it a try the next day! It was so much fun, can’t wait to do this in different colours and such!

      Reply

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