Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Nail Art Tutorial: The Jolly-Bee!

Happy Nail Art Day!  

Over the weekend, as I was looking at my nature inspired nails (click HERE to see the previous design), I was again inspired to do another nail art related to things I see in the garden!  Well I don't actually see a lot of bees in person and there's only 1 bee I saw in our garden decades ago!  In my dreams though, my garden will have butterflies, gorgeous colorful flowers, and just ONE bee!  One because I'm scared of the sting!  I'll probably just take care of 1 or 2 just in case the 1 gets lonely!

I know!  I'm blabbering non-stop!  The point is..I've done butterflies and I don't plan to do "caterpillar" or any "worm related" nail art!  So next cutest thing would be Bees!  Think about our local fast food chain Jollibee! :)  That's why I call it the JOLLY BEE!

Step 1:
Protect your nails with your preferred base coat.  I am using ZOYA base coat in this tutorial.  Let dry and apply 2 coats of Caronia Sweet Surprise Frosted Nail Polish.

Step 2:
Once the base color is completely dry, let's go back to gradient nail art steps and used an OPI Dress to Empress or any reddish orange polish with a patting motion using a sponge concentrating at the middle portion of your nail.

Step 3:
Once you're done with step 2, proceed with the third color which is called OPI Electric Eel.  Or much better, you can go for true green polish as "leaves", I don't have a good green polish so I settled on this!

Step 4:
With a brighter colored yellow polish, I dropped an inverted 'almost teardrop' shape in the middle of the nails.  Looks weird for now but you'll understand what's the point of this as read on.

Step 5:
Making sure the yellow inverted teardrop is completely dry, draw 3 lines on it with L.A. Colors Art Deco in black.  This will be the body of the bee!  Yes, you read it right, body of the bee!  Not yellow carrots! :P

Step 6:
Using a White 2 Way Nail Art Pen, drop 4 dots beside the "body of the bee".
Do not forget to drop 2 tiny dots on top of the body for the eyes too!


With a needle, extend one end like how we do on creating flowers.  This will be the wings! 

Step 7:
With a Black 2 Way Nail Art Pen, draw the "eyes" of the bee!


And to make the most distinct feature of a bee, use the same black 2 Way Nail Art Pen to create it's "behind"!  Do not forget the sharp, pointed "butt" :P

Step 8: Optional
Because I was born to be "glamorosa", I applied more glitters on the tip of my nails with Chic Gold Glitter polish.

Step 9:
Rest for a bit, stretch your legs and arms and when you are 101% sure that the nail art designs are completely dry, apply your favorite top coat!  I am using ZOYA Anchor Top Coat.

Let' the BUZZ-ing begin!!! :)

I am hoping my nail art design for the week could at least put a huge smile on your face!  Come me some teeth :D

Happy Humpy Wednesday!
Keep smilin'
Stay happy!


  1. omg sooooo cute!!!! seriously every time you surprise me with your creativity.......

  2. I love bees. But maybe that's b/c they start with the letter B. This look made me smile so much. You rock, darlin'!

  3. I love this nikki!! great job! <3 <3 <3

  4. Adorable mani.. I love it even though I'm scared with bee in real life..^_^..

  5. So pretty! You are so creative and talented!

  6. So pretty! You are so creative and talented!

  7. Sooo adorable. Reminded me of the Bee Movie. :P

  8. uber cute! they really look like they're

  9. ang cute ni jolly bee! :)

  10. haha this is so cool, i still can't get over that angry bird collection, now this! :D

  11. What a cute bees! This is so cool!

  12. @purple snowflake aww, I'm glad I am still able to surprise you with my nail art designs! Sometimes, I feel like it's getting boring! :)

  13. @BabyJap,RN Thanks, you don't find it too childish no?

  14. @Pammy Yup! me too, I thought of BEE the movie too when i did this mani !

  15. @Hollie hahahaha on the "flying" comment, I like it that it does look like they are flying!

  16. @Issa Mr. AMW said why not draw Jollibee daw talaga! hahahhaa


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