One of the hot manis on Pinterest that I think is adorable is this dandelion mani from Mad Manis. I thought it might be simple enough for a newbie like me, and still be cute.
After applying the ridge-filling base coat, I followed up with 2 coats of Essie's Fair Game in this cute little mini bottle. I love this color - I love blues, and this is a grey, shimmery blue. The closest thing I have to it is Zoya's Skylar, but Skylar is more blue and has micro-glitter in it.
After the blue dried, I applied a coat of Seche Vite. When that was dry, I got out my dotting tool and made one black dot (Pure Ice Black Rage) on my thumb, middle finger and pinky, and then drew a line from that dot to the edge of my nail.
I used OPI's I Vant to Be A-Lone Star for the dandelion puffs. It's like a silver with a blue tinge to it. Or maybe it's just silver. But it evokes blue to me. It's very delicate, though, so I thought it worked nicely for this.
As an after thought, I dabbed on Hot Ticket's Dodged a Bullet over the petals, which I think added a little depth to the flower. Or, I could be full of crap. It's possible.
Ok, so you have to use your imagination a little to see that these are dandelions, but I like the effect, and it's a simple, subtle nail art.