What’s all the buzzin’ about? Pipe it down! 😛
Today I bring you some new (and easy) nail art: Bee Nails! Are they the bee’s knees or the bee’s elbows?
This is a design that I’ll show you step-by-step how to recreate. These yellow bandits will be ready in no time!
All you’ll need is a yellow polish (I used OPI Need Sunglasses?), a black striper and/or polish, a white polish, and a dotting tool.
Heh…if you look closely at the swatches of this, you’ll notice that I accidentally gave one of my bees a cataract! 🙁 Whoopsie! No hard feelings, right, Bee-atris? 😉
But hopefully you still like the way it looks. And, hey, maybe seeing isn’t always bee-lieving! (Okay, okay! I hear you groaning…I’ll stop with the corny puns.)
Bee Nail Art Swatches
All swatches have:
- Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat
- Body: 4 coats of OPI Need Sunglasses?
- Stripes: NYX Nail Art Ink in Black
- Eyes: OPI Alpine Snow (White) & China Glaze Liquid Leather (Black)
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
*~* Bee Nail Art Tutorial *~*
What I Used:
- Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
- Nail Tek Foundation II Base Coat
- OPI Alpine Snow
- OPI Need Sunglasses?
- China Glaze Liquid Leather
- NYX Ink Nail Art (Black)
- Daniel Stone dotting tool #4
- Daniel Stone dotting tool #1
- Piece of foil
Step 1: Apply a Base Coat
Step 2: Paint Your Nails Yellow
I used OPI Need Sunglasses? because it wasn’t pastel, so it reminded me more of a bee yellow.
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To achieve the opacity in the above photo, it required four coats! While there are some yellow nail polishes that are more opaque, almost all the ones I own require many coats. With yellows, it just comes with the territory. Once the colour builds, it’s worth it. I liked the way it looked by itself more than I thought I would!
Step 3: Add Black Dots for the Eyes
Add a few drops of black polish onto your piece of foil and use your dotting tool to create the base for the eyes near the tip of your fingernails.
Step 4: Add the Black Stripes
Using your black-striper polish, add 3 horizontal lines on each nail. Striper brushes make it easier to get better lines. If you try to paint with a short brush, it’s do-able, but you have to have a very steady hand (which I don’t).
Step 5: Add Whites to the Eyes
Add a few drops of white polish onto your piece of foil and dip your dotting tool into it. Put the whites on top of the black dots you made. You can keep the whites inside the black or let them drift out (like I did…not on purpose).
Wait a few minutes before proceeding to the next step. If you get too impatient and move on too soon, you may also give your poor bees a cataract, too.
Step 6: Add Pupils
Add some black polish to your piece of foil and dip your smaller dotting tool into it. Add the pupils.
Wait 10-15 minutes to let this design dry a bit before you continue to the next step.
Step 7: Add a Top Coat
Step 8: ‘Bee’ Proud of Your Nail Art! 😉 (Guess I broke my promise of no more corny jokes in this post…)
I just thought…if you really want to take this manicure to the next level, you could try painting a beehive on your thumb nail. And maybe add wings to your bees. Let your imagination go wild!
Would you ever wear bee nail art? Do you like honey? Did you know that when I was a little kid, my mom used to call me Winnie the Pooh because apparently I always wanted to eat honey?
You know I love your sense of humor!!! It’s witty and not a lot of folks can do wit. ;p
I would soooo wear this stinkin’ cute mani!!! Now all you need to do is cute flowers on your other hand. Interlace your fingers and snap a shot…well, someone will have to help or use the camera’s timer. 🙂
I love honey and buy local honey for my hot tea. I also love it on my oatmeal.
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Hehe, I’m glad you share my love for goofing around and seeing the bright side of a situation. 🙂
Oh, what a cute idea you had about bees on one hand and flowers on the other!
When I was a kid, when my family went on road trips, we’ve often pass by farms that sold honey (blueberries, strawberries, and corn, too) and my parents would always buy some. Haven’t been to a farmer’s market in a while, but when I did, I remember everything there tasting much better than store-bought grocery!
wow…nice mani 🙂 will try this..
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Thanks, and I hope you do try it. 🙂 It’s so fast and simple to do. Have fun with it!
Bee-fore we go into honey, let me just say: this is such a bee-autiful mani! Totally wearable and re-bee-table too. 🙂
I love honey on french toast and as a sweetener in coffee and fruit smoothies. You should do a Winnie the Pooh mani. 😀
Ahahahahah! I love your bee puns! 😀
Oohh…Winnie the Pooh. I’ll see what I can (hehe…or can’t) do. That would be a fun one. Maybe Pooh on some nails and a pot of honey on others. Thanks! Good idea!
These are to die for 😀
Thank you – hope you decide to try it! 🙂
(I just thought that if someone is allergic to bees, this manicure may not make them too happy…)
OMG, this is so cute! Love it!! 🙂
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Thanks! Do you think you’ll try it sometime? 🙂
this is very cute!
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Glad you like it. 😀
And I took a look at your blog. That colour really pops on your nails. 🙂
OMG! So adorable!
Thanks – and the best part is that it’s extremely fast to do.
Oh my. These are bee-utiful!!!! I am a big fan of the base yellow you chose (even if it did take you four coats)! 🙂 it’s so vibrant and fun. If you’re going to bee adventurous you might as well go all out 😉
I may not be as brave to wear bee nails (The only time I got stung, I got stung in the behind- no joke- so I still hold a bit of resentment! 😉 ). So while I don’t care to bee around these critters, I do love me some honey! I like it in tea, and my favourite is a fresh baguette ( you know, still crispy and all) some butter and honey. It’s the best!!! Xxxx
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Hahahaha! Your comment made me laugh out loud – I love your bee puns! 😀
Oh my – stung in the behind? That must’ve HURT! Every time you sat down, it was a reminder. I don’t blame you at all for not being the best of friends with bees after that.
Mmm…butter and honey on a fresh baguette is so yummy! All this talk is making me crave honey. Going to have to go to the grocery store today and pick some up.
This is super cute!
Thanks! I had so much fun doing this design. 🙂
So cute! You are really great at making the eyes look so expressive!
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Hehe, thanks! It’s amusing having eyes on your nails.
Cute! I’ve done bee nail art before but not like this. I really like how the bees cover up the whole nail.
While I like honey and cartoon bees I don’t really like bees in the flesh. I’ve had some bad experiences with being stung. I do like bumble bees though! 🙂
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Sorry to hear that you had bad bee experiences! I’ll have a stern talk with them later tonight. BAD BEES! Yet they looked so innocent here…
SO cute!! I am loving the bug designs! And corny puns RULE! ;D
These bees really amused me when I wore them. My favourite part was how simple they were to do and how you don’t need too many colours. 🙂 Hope you try it out sometime!
Hi, my boyfriend es beekeeper, this nail art is very very cute =D
He is? That sounds like a job that would make me nervous. He must be a pretty calm guy to be able to do that! Wow!
Glad you like the nail art. 🙂
WOW!!! awesome nail art!
i had recently bought a yellow nail p0lish and willing 2 do a nail art…i will try it as s0on as i can!!!
Thank you! 😀 I’m flattered that you’re going to try this design, too. If you can, please take photos and share them with me. I’d love to see how yours turn out.
wow it’s sooooo cute . if i had alot of time i’ll try to this nail art 🙂
sooo cute . BEE is our designation call with my bf so that’s why i wanted to do a nail art beee :))
Hey Frances Anne!
Glad you liked this design. 🙂 Bzz bzzz!
Omg that is so cool good on u
Thank you! Bzzzz! 😉
Great tutorial, thanks a lot!
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