Poppy Flower Nail Art Tutorial

Poppy Flower Nail Art Tutorial

Hi lovely readers! A lot of you asked me if I could do a nail art tutorial for the poppy nails, I made last week. I have never made a tutorial before and today I challenged myself and here is my first attempt in a photo nail art tutorial. The photo above is from my first, original post. I tried to recreate it as best as I could. Please be gentle…

Poppy Flower Nail Art Tutorial



Before you start, make sure you have gathered all the tools needed. You will need:

  • Thin brushes
  • Dotting tool (or a toothpick)
  • Light nail polish for a base (can be white, cream or light yellow)
  • Red nail polish for poppies (make sure your red color goes more towards orange tone rather than blue to make your poppies look more realistic)
  • Green nail polish for stems
  • Black nail polish for the middles
  • Matte top coat


1. Start with Base

Use a white, cream or light yellow nail polish for your base. Make sure it’s opaque and that it covers the whole nail. When your base polish is completely dry, put a matte top coat. I did that to make my base look smoother and to make the red poppies stand out more.

2. Paint Flower Shapes

Using a thin brush, paint the poppy flower shapes. I used a red nail polish from Essie (no.244 Snap Happy). Paint the flowers randomly and leave some space for the buds on some of your nails.

3. Paint the Buds

Using the same red nail polish and a thinner brush, paint the buds.

4. Make the Middles Base

Take the same light nail polish, as you used for the base, and using a dotting tool create random shapes in the middle of the flowers.

5. Make the Black Middles

Take your black nail polish to make the middles of the poppies. You can do that by using a very small dotting tool or a toothpick. I did my middles with a toothpick. The trick is, to dip a toothpick in the black nail polish and with a small amount of polish push it to the light base to create some holes. I hope that makes sense.

6. Make Green Stems

Using a thin brush again, make green stems and leaves. I used my favorite green polish from GOSH (no. 606 Early Green).


That’s it! I hope my description was understandable and that you can figure out what to do in each step. Making photo tutorials is not a piece of cake! It is really much more difficult than I thought. It took me half day to make this haha! I had some troubles with shooting photos of my hand in the exact same position (you can see that some of them are different than others), plus the sun was out all day today.

I really, really hope you will like my Poppy Flower Nail Art Tutorial! If you have any questions or doubts, please let me know in the comments! I would love to hear your opinions and maybe some tips?

  • I think it’s a fantastic tutorial – hand positions slightly different, pshhhh! Honey, you no robot ;)
    And I think it’s really hard to take photos always with the same hand position and sharp angles…
    If you have some marking points, maybe? Like signalling on a piece of white paper where in between should your hand be? Am I making any sense? ;)
    Also *cof cof* it might be easier to make a tutorial on just one nail, you crazy girl! :D
    It’s really great you actually did it on all naisl (AGAIN!) and what’s more all nails show different – you’re insane! haha <3
    Big, huge thumbs up from me, sweetie! You're awesome**

    • Yes, that’s a good idea to mark it on a paper, where my hand should be. I had a hard time with it. I was thinking of making a tutorial only on one finger, but since the flowers are a little bit different on each nail (plus the little buds) I thought it would be better to show “the whole picture”. But making a tutorial on one hand is definitely easier! Hahahaha! I am so, so happy that you like it <3 Yaaaaay! I am a happy girl right now.

  • This is wonderful and beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing!

    • Of course. Glad you like it.

  • This is a really great tutorial…clear, easy to understand. Great job Paulina!

    • I am happy to hear it’s clear and understandable :)

  • You make it look so easy!

    • It’s really not as hard as it seems :)

  • Thank you for the wonderful tutorial!!

    • You are very welcome my dear :)

  • Cathy M

    Definitely pinned to do soon!

    • Yay! Glad you are going to give it a try.

  • Perfect!!!
    I love it…

  • Your nails look so pretty! I’m going to try this, although i’m not sure how it will turn out!


    • Thank you :) You should definitely try this. I’m sure it will turn out great!

  • So cute!! I’ll have to try it some day soon ^_^

  • Jess

    This is much more difficult on toes… :/

    • Oh I bet! I think it takes so much more patience :)

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