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Pink Butterfly | Nail Art Tutorial

Want to know how to create this cute pink butterfly nail look? Follow our 9 step guide below!

 

The products we used to create this look:

Nail varnish and nail art tools

1. Vitamin Base Coat – Natural Collection
2. Under the Sea – Barry M – Angelfish
3. 7 Day Wear Nail Polish – Collection – White Out
4. 60 Seconds Super Shine – Rimmel London – Sweet Retreat
5. 60 Seconds Super Shine – Rimmel London – Black
6. Glitter Nail Polish – PS… – Sequin Dream
7.
Dotting Tool
8. Pointed Drawing Brush (Small)
9. Pink Gem

 

Now lets show you how we created this pink butterfly nail art!

Pink butterfly nail art, Spring nail art, animal 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 ensure my nails are completely clean.

Then it’s time to tidy your nails up a little and to shape them to how you want, using with your file. Also, 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.

 

Pink butterfly nail art, Spring nail art, animal nail art, pink 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 middle finger as the main focus so we painted these nail with the white (3) nail varnish, and the rest with the gorgeous nail varnish in the colour Angelfish (2). We applied 2 coats of the nail varnish as this makes sure the nails are covered well.

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

 

Pink butterfly nail art, Spring nail art, animal nail art, pink nail varnish, white nail varnish

STEP 3

Once the white nail varnish is dry, it’s time to start creating the pink butterfly nail art! The first thing we need to do is create the butterflies wings. We decided to shape them as you can see in the picture above, by using the dotting pen (7) and the black nail varnish (5).

 

Pink butterfly nail art, Spring nail art, animal nail art, pink nail varnish, white nail varnish

STEP 4

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. This is  just the nail varnish in the colour Angelfish (2) on it’s own. We painted it on the wing using the small pointed nail brush (8).

Next we created a slightly darker shade by adding a small amount of the pink (4) nail varnish to the nail varnish in the colour Angelfish (2) and mixed it together. Once we were happy – we painted it on the wing next to the lightest shade.

We repeated this process once more and added even more of the pink (4) nail varnish then before to create the darkest tone. Finally, we blended it out to the edge of the wing.

 

Pink butterfly nail art, Spring nail art, animal nail art, pink nail varnish, white nail varnish

STEP 5

Once the nail varnish is dry after painting on the butterfly wings, it’s time to start adding the detail to the wings! 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 (7) with the black nail varnish (5).

After we finished painting on the first bit of detail on the wing, we then painted on the black line for the butterflies body and it’s antenna’s. To do this, we used the dotting pen (7) with the black nail varnish (5).

 

Pink butterfly nail art, Spring nail art, animal nail art, pink nail varnish, white nail varnish

STEP 6

Next we painted on some thin lines in the outer section of the butterfly wing (as you can see in the photo above), to finish creating the detail on the top wing. To do this, we used the dotting pen (7) with the black nail varnish (5).

 

Pink butterfly nail art, Spring nail art, animal nail art, pink nail varnish, white nail varnish

STEP 7

We then repeated the previous steps to paint on the detail to the bottom half of the wing to finish creating the pink butterfly wing.

 

Pink butterfly nail art, Spring nail art, animal nail art, pink nail varnish, white nail varnish

STEP 8

Now you need to repeat the previous steps to paint on the other side of the pink butterfly wing, on the middle finger nail. 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 images showing the final look!).

Once the nail varnish is dry, we painted on some silver glittery nail varnish (6) on the end of the wings to create an extra bit of sparkle!

 

Pink butterfly nail art, Spring nail art, animal nail art, pink nail varnish, white nail varnish

STEP 9

Now it’s time to add the final touches to this look – the little pink gem at the end of the pink butterfly antenna’s! To do this, we applied a top coat and then gently placed the pink gems (9) on the nail.

* Once you are happy with where the gem is placed, you can apply another layer of the top coat on top of the gems to make them even more secure.

 

And that’s how we created this pink butterfly nail look! It’s a super cute look for your nails this spring! It’s also great if you want a cute animal nail look for everyday or a party.

If you like this nail look, you may also want to check out our other Butterfly Nail Look!

 

 

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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(56) Comments

  1. This is so pretty and so detailed!

    1. Thank you so much 🙂

  2. Ooooh this is such a pretty design! Loving the details of the butterfly’s wing! and the whole nail art! so pretty! you’ve done it again!

    1. Thank you so much! I love doing these butterfly designs, they are so pretty!

  3. Love this nail art, pretty as always. Great post!

  4. Oh my gosh how gorgeous and intricate! I’m LOVING the Angelfish shade too, anything metallic on nails usually looks so fab and is perfect for any occasion. Yet another brilliant design, you always outdo yourself! I’d seriously pay you to come and do mine 🙂
    Alice Xx

    1. Thank you so much! 🙂 Yeah – this Barry M shade, I couldn’t wait to use it and create a look with it. It’s such a gorgeous shade 😀 haha, would love to – would be good fun to do other people’s nails 😀

  5. Wow these nails look absolutely stunning! I live how the butterfly looks and it’s such a simple yet effective design across two nails. I like how you have done the step by step guide as it’s easy to follow for recreating the nails. Fab design.

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

    1. Aww, thank you so much! The butterfly looks so pretty on the nails, and it makes it more interesting by having it across 2 nails 🙂 that’s great to hear – our aim is to create these designs with tutorials so anyone could follow it and give it a try if they wanted to 🙂

  6. How beautiful! I love the simple yet intricate design 🙂 Love it!

    1. Thank you – it looks so beautiful on the nails 🙂

  7. The butterfly looks really delicate and beautiful. Amazing with all the ideas you come up with and the colour combinations are always so nice too.
    Lea, xx

    1. Thank you so much 😀 I love doing these butterfly looks, they may take a little bit more time but they look so pretty on the nails!

  8. Oh wow, they look so pretty and summery. I will definitely give it a go next time I do my nails. How long did it take?

    1. Thank you so much! We’d love to see a picture of your nails if you do this look 🙂 this look does take a bit longer then others. but majority of it is waiting for the nail varnish to dry. Maybe a few hours at most it took to do 🙂

  9. Wow, these look so pretty! I bought two shades from the Barry M Under the Sea collection yesterday so can’t wait to get creative with them! 🙂

    1. Thank you 🙂 the Barry M Under the Sea nail varnish colours are so pretty! I recently got the other 2 I was missing and can’t wait to create nail looks with them 😀

  10. Wow! This is such a gorgeous and detailed design. I love the pink and the gems are such a pretty touch! It’s so cute and very creative how it’s spread across two nails. I love it. Fantastic job! xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    1. Thank you so much! The pink is so pretty, isn’t it?! 😀 I love the look of it when it goes across 2 nails, it makes it more interesting!

  11. Your designs are always so stunning and look so intricate! But your step by step guides are so helpful, even I could probably just about manage them – not for me though, for Flora, haha! Gorgeous design and photos, thank you so much for sharing! X

    Lisa | http://www.lisasnotebook.com

    1. Aww, thank you so much 🙂 we’re so glad you think so!! Our aim is to create these nail art tutorials to help people easily create these looks on your own nails! We would loove to see some pictures if you do create any of our looks 😀

  12. Wow These look so pretty!

    https://tiateilli.com

    1. Thank you 😀

  13. So adorable! You make it look so easy! I can never do my right hand

    1. Thank you! 🙂 Haha, yeah it can be a bit more tricky on the right hand but just have to take it slow and practice 😛

  14. These are so pretty! I need to try this out soon, like how detailed this post is with the step by step guide

    Moonlight Mel

    1. The colours are gorgeous, aren’t they?! I’ve created another butterfly look before, but I wanted to do a nice light pink one to go with the summer/spring time 🙂 thank you! We’d love to see a picture if you do try this look out 🙂

  15. Rachael says:

    This nail art is delicate and beautiful!

    Rachael – geminiexplicit.blogspot.co.uk

    1. Thank you! It’s such a pretty design, isn’t it?! 😀

  16. This is such a gorgeous look for Spring! I totally need to create this on my own nails- https://sophhearts.com x

    1. Thank you 🙂 we’d love to see a picture if you do try this look out!

  17. They are stunning! The colours are perfect for spring too. I love how delicate this design is x

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

    1. Thank you so much! It looks so pretty on your nails 🙂

  18. Wow these nails are gorgeous, I wish I was talented enough to do these! I really need to try the Barry M Under the Sea nail polishes, they look so pretty! Xx

    1. Thank you so much 😀 The Barry M Under the Sea nail polishes have such pretty shades! They are so pretty 🙂

  19. It looks so pretty! I reminds me of CG Drews’ A Thousand Perfect notes cover.
    Cora | http://www.teapartyprincess.co.uk/

    1. Aww thank you. 🙂 I see what you mean with the cover!

  20. Wow these are beautiful! I would pay loads for nails like those. Thanks for sharing te method although I don’t know if my attempt would look the same

    1. Aww, thank you! Well, we’re hoping to start doing something soon so maybe we can create nails like these for you! Aww, well it’s all good fun 🙂

  21. Awww this is so pretty!!! xo

    1. Thank you 😀

  22. Love these nails they are perfect for the weather! Love the simplistic look – although obviously they are nowhere near being simple to paint! I love the creativity of your posts keep them coming!

    Melanie | http://www.frasersfunhouse.com

    1. Aww, thank you so much for this lovely comment 🙂 haha, yeah it does take a bit of time and patience to paint this look. We hope to keep these posts coming 😀

  23. Jess says:

    They are really incredible!!

    1. Thank you 😀

  24. omg wow! This design is so beautiful! I love the pearlescent finish!
    Aleeha xXx
    https://www.halesaaw.co.uk/

    1. Aww, thank you! It’s a gorgeous colour with the pearlescent finish, isn’t it!

  25. This is so pretty! I love that Barry M colour!

    1. Thank you! That Barry M nail polish is such a pretty shade, isn’t it 😀

  26. Huda says:

    Ooo, I love how spring-y this nail look is! Also that Barry M nail polish shade is so gorgous!

    1. It’s such a gorgeous colour, isn’t it?! I love the way it changes colour in the light too, it’s great!

  27. I really like how you’ve incorporated different nails to have the whole butterfly look! Love how they turned out at the end! Thanks for sharing these tips and tricks :).

    exquisitely.me

    1. Yeah! We wanted to make it a bit more interesting 🙂 thank you so much – we’re so glad you loved out it turned out! 😀

  28. Now I actually feel like I can do this nail look! Butterflies bring me such a free feeling Thanks for sharing this!

    Natonya | http://www.justnatonya.wordpress.com

    1. Thank you! Butterflies are amazing – had so much fun creating this look. They are so pretty! ❤️

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