Here's my right hand, which I painted with my left.
Usually when I do a mani, I do paint both hands the same design.
Left hand again. (painted with right)
And a side-by-side comparison of sunny and shade
Did you notice I trimmed my nails. :( It needed to be done. My nails were getting so long that it was difficult to type at work, and they were about to drive my batty! So I trimmed them. I hate how after a trim, they always feel sharp and awkward for a day or so. I filed the tips with a buffer to try to minimize that, and it helped. Another way to combat that is to put on thicker polish, so I started with two coats of Sally Hansen Double-Duty and that helped tremendously!
The blue is Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Blue Me Away. (Having a great base will help me avoid blue staining when I take these off, because blues like this tend to stain nails!) Blue Me Away is a great opaque polish and I only had to use a single coat! Then I added Hard Candy Matte-ly in Love topcoat over just the blue to make it more sky-like and less shiney so the sunflowers would stand out more.
To do the sunflowers themselves, I started with a white striping brush from Kiss Nail Art because I knew my yellow wouldn't cover over the blue. Then I use a yellow striping brush from L.A. Nails for the petals. If you look really closely you can see I left some white around the edges for depth. I used NYC Fifth Avenue as the center of the sunflower with little dots of Sally HAnsen Xtreme Wear Black Out. And as a last little touch, I used a gold glitter striping brush from L.A. Nails to add some gold litter to the center of the petals.
I love how these turned out and how BRIGHT and cheery they are! I may have to leave them on for a while because they just make me smile. :)