For the Love of Lavender: An easy floral-inspired purple nail art design | Hello Pretty Bird! - A beauty and not-so-glamorous lifestyle blog

20 April, 2015

For the Love of Lavender: An easy floral-inspired purple nail art design


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Nail art is one aspect of beauty that has always proven challenging for me. I have a chronic tremor in my hands, so the outcome when I try to paint really intricate designs can be... interesting. So what to do? Don't stop trying, just simplify things a little bit. Today I'll be sharing a tutorial for a super-duper simple floral nail design that anybody can do—seriously, if I can do it, you can do it.

Today's nail art design is a symphony in purple, inspired by my love for all things lavender-scented. More specifically, I was inspired by Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™, which is a new type of in-wash scent booster designed to add 5X longer-lasting fragrance and freshness to your laundry.

Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ are available in two scents: Fabulous Field Flowers and Soothing Lavender. Of course Soothing Lavender is my favorite of the two—the fragrance is so fresh and lovely and they're purple (my favorite color!) Plus lavender is a nostalgic scent for me. Stan (my significant other) doesn't really know different scents by name, but whenever I get lavender scented soap or laundry supplies he says "Mmmm this is SO FRESH!" and sniffs himself for a little too long. This happens every time, without fail. It's weird but hilarious. Anyway, lavender scent  (and purple things) are very popular in our household. That was also the case when I was a kid... my mom used to buy these massive bars of lavender-scented soap in quantity and shove them in the linen closet so our sheets would have a faint lavender scent. That sort of did the trick, but Suavitel® Fragrance Pearls™ give a lot more fragrance OOMPH than hoarding bars of soap in your cupboard.

Here's what you'll need for the nail art:
  • Light purple (lavender) nail polish
  • Medium purple nail polish
  • Dark purple nail polish
  • White nail polish
  • Base/topcoat
  • A dotting tool, small brush or toothpick (the ends of plastic flossers work surprisingly well!)

After applying base coat, apply a solid coat or two of light purple nail polish (enough to be opaque). Wait for it to dry completely.

Starting in the top left corner of your nail, make a medium-sized dot. It's OK if it's slightly oblong—this will turn into flower petals as the design progresses.


Add additional dark purple medium dots/petals on either side of your starter dot, forming a circle in the center.

After you've finished forming your flower petals, wait for them to dry and add a small dot in-between two of the "petals" on the bottom using the medium purple nail polish. If your dotting tool is too large, a toothpick or end of a flossing pick works well for this.

Keep adding small medium-purple dots slanting off towards the right until you reach the edge of the nail. This will likely take 3-4 dots, depending on the width of your nails. This is the "stem" of the flower.

Paint a white circle in the center of your petals. Once that's dried, apply topcoat. That's it, you're done!

I used a matte topcoat because I think that looks nice with pastels, but you can use whatever you have on hand. If you're like me and not exactly a nail art ace, this is a great excuse to raid your nail polish drawer and give a little love to some of your lesser-loved polishes. And of course if you don't like purple, pretty much any color scheme will work.

If you love lavender as much as I do, be sure to check out Suavitel®'s complementary scented liquid Fabric Conditioner too... or look for it anyway even if you don't love lavender, because it's available in a number of other fresh scents. You'll find both the Fragrance Pearls™ and Fabric Conditioner in the laundry aisle of your local Walmart. And keep your eyes peeled, because select bottles of Suavitel® Fabric Conditioner come bundled with a sample of Fragrance Pearls™ for a limited time!

Do you love lavender? Or are you more of a Fabulous Field Flowers kind of gal/guy? Do you struggle with intricate nail designs like I do?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, however any opinions expressed above are honest and my own. For more information, check out my full disclosure policy.


  1. Beautiful colour, very Spring!

    With love, Hayley x

  2. Cute! I love that base color, especially with the matte top coat. I have a similar color (Sally Hansen Lacey Lilac) that I love for spring and summer. Definitely using that soon!

  3. I can paint other people's nails and do designs pretty well--but on my own, no way! That's not easy!

  4. Thanks! I got a whole bunch of pastel polishes recently with a shiny finish, but somehow they look better to me matte. I don't know why. Anyway, I love lilac/lavender polishes for spring!

  5. I have trouble doing it even on other people, haha. But yeah, doing it on yourself takes some definite skill, especially when you have to use your non-dominant hand!

  6. perfect color and design for spring:)
    Dilini x

  7. I love the smell of lavender! I am horrible at painting my nails. Even just one color lol. Its def a cute tutorial though!

  8. My left hand usually looks awesome, but when it's time for the's just so hard! The different shades of purple/lavender you picked for your design are really pretty.

  9. I'm so bad at painting my right hand, even with a single color. There's lots of cleanup afterwards, lol.

  10. I have the same exact problem! Maybe I should just paint the left one and keep right in my pocket. Or start wearing a single glove. That can become cool again, right?

  11. I am a fan lavender! The nail art is great and is great for spring! #client


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