Step 1: Apply base coat
Never forget to protect your nails with a base coat. For this design, Nutra Nail Green Tea Nail Strengthener was used to shield the nails from chipping or breaking. A nail design, no matter how gorgeous, is still nothing if your nails are not healthy enough.
Step 2: Paint base color
Paint the nails with a muted green polish as the base color. OPI Mermaid Tears works best for this 3D cupcake nail art.
Step 3: Place purple French tip
Create a French tip using a light purple nail polish (China Glaze Light as Air). Do the same thing to rest of your fingers except for the index finger. For the last one, create a French tip by applying the yellow nail polish (China Glaze Lemon Fizz).
Step 4: Make a thin line
Use a thin brush to line the edge of the French tip you just did. On top of the black line, swipe over it the silver nail polish to add more detail to your 3D cupcake nail art. The silver polish need not really be apparent. It just has to give a hint of glow.
Step 5: Add 5 dots
It’s now time to focus on the cupcake. Create five medium sized dots using your biggest dotting tool. Place two on top and three dots just below the first two. Don’t worry if the dots seem to mix together. This is how things should go.
Step 6: Create cupcake design
Use a detail brush to draw the bottom half of the cupcake. First, make a square using the China Glaze Foie Gras nail polish. This is the base of your 3D cupcake nail art. Add the details to it. Simply draw three black lines to mimic the look of the liner.
Step 7: Draw heart and add micro beads
It’s time to bring in the details of the 3D cupcake nail art. Draw a heart just at the center of the black and silver line earlier drawn. Start with a V shape and widen it to form a heart shape. Add in some colorful micro beads. This will resemble the sprinkles. To pick up beads, just dab a little clear polish and dip the tip of the dotting tool to get the beads out.
Step 8: Finish with top coat
Once you’re done, add a layer of top coat to seal your design. This will protect all your hard work from getting chipped. It will also make the design look shinier.
And you’re all done!
Doesn’t this 3D cupcake nail art look not absolutely yummy? We can always unleash the kid in us with these kinds of nail designs.
Here’s the full tutorial from Meliney: