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Sunday, April 1, 2012

Easter Manicure Round-Up! (pic heavy)

It's that time, my lovelies! About two weeks ago I put out the call for your Easter manicure pics and in those two weeks I received about 100 submissions for the Easter Manicure Round-Up. I'm so excited to share with you the 40 photos I selected!

From polka dots (lots and lots of polka dots!) to sponged-on gradients to nail art to water marbling to nail polish strips and everything in between, your Easter manicure submissions were chock full of creativity and CUTENESS and it was so incredibly difficult to narrow it down to 40 selections. I wish I could have included every single photo I received, but as with the St. Patrick's Day round-up, I based my criteria on a variety of things including creativity, artistic ability and also level of skill. It's important to me to not only include the manicures that bring out "oohs" and "aaahs" from the crowd, but also those that are beautiful in a  "Hey, I can do that!" sort of way. I really want this post to inspire you,  no matter what your skill level.

If you celebrate Easter and you don't already have a manicure planned out for the special day, I guarantee you'll have an idea (or several) by the time you get to the end of this post! So here we go:

Submitted by
 Jamie from The Posh Polish:

Jamie from The Posh Polish used:
Index: Finger Paints Circus Peanuts, China Glaze Lemon Fizz, Essie Vermillionaire, Wet n Wild Ebony Hates Christ, Sally Hansen White On
Middle: Sally Hansen White On, OPI Planks a Lot, OPI Gargantuan Green Grape, OPI What's with the Cattitude?, Finger Paints Lemon Sour, Essie French Affair
Ring: Orly Cashmere Cardigan, Sally Hansen White On, Wet n Wild Ebony Hates Chris, China Glaze Pink Underground
Pinky: Cosmetics Arts Unnamed Teal, Sally Hansen White On

Submitted by

Jami used:
Wet n wild megalast: I need a Refresh-Mint
Wet n wild wildshine: Tickled Pink & Burgundy Frost
Sinful colors: basecoat
NYC in a New York Color Minute: Grand Central Station (topcoat)
A sharpie for the branches :D

Submitted by
Dainty B:

Dainty B used:
Sinful Colors in Easy Going
Revlon Starry Pink (accent)
Ulta Matte Top Coat

Submitted by

polishedinapinch used:
OPI- A Grape Fit
10 Professional Nail Lacquer- Symphony
OPI- Tattoo You Want Candy?
Sinful Colors- Permission To Proceed
The Black and white are just plain nameless Art Deco stripe polishes.

Submitted by

Davina used:
Funky Fingers - Tortuga (Lime Green)
Funky Fingers - Curacoa (Turquoise)
Funky Fingers - Pop Artist (Hot Pink)
China Glaze - Lighting Bolt
Pure Ice - Black Light Top Coat

Submitted by
Lindsey Rivait, Lindsey's Lacquer:

Lindsey Rivait used:
Index and Pinkie fingers: AVON Luxe Lavender (two coats) and Essie Shine of the Times
Middle and Ring fingers: China Glaze For Audrey (two coats) and Essie Shine of the Times

Submitted by

Jessica used:
Milani White on the Spot
Milani Rad Purple
Essie Coat Azure
Sinful Colors Let's Meet
Wet n' Wild Believe me, Its real
Wet n' Wild Cost is no Issue
Sinful Colors Star Fish
NYC Lavender Cupcake
NYC Mint Macaroon
NYC Peaches and Cream
Finger Paints Blue Raspberry Taffy
Dollish Polish Random Dancing
Wet n' Wild Black Creme
Black Sharpie

Submitted by

Ann used:
two coats Revlon Sunshine Sparkle
one coat Wet n Wild Born Into Privilege
one coat Rimmel top coat

Submitted by: 

starlesssky386 used:
Wet n Wild - I Need a Refresh-Mint
Sephora by OPI - White Blasted
Stamped with:
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear - Lacey Lilac & Bubblegum Pink

Submitted by

Inna used:
Pink is Essie - Lovie Dovie
Purple is Sinful Colors - Beverly Hills
Silver is Wet n Wild - Metallica

Submitted by
Sonyjean @ Lucky Girl Beauty:

Sonyjean @ Lucky Girl Beauty used:
Sally Hansen-Complete Salon Manicure in I Pink I Can
Sally Hansen-Insta-Dri in Lightening
Sally Hansen-Insta-Dri in Jade Jump
Sally Hansen-Insta-Dri in Blue-Away
Sally Hansen-Insta-Dri in Raspberry Race
Sally Hansen-Insta-Grip Base Coat
Sally Hansen-Insta-Dry Anti-Chip Top Coat
Also used: Craft Smart Acrylic paint in the following colors: White, Grey, Lt. Pink, Pink, Lime Green, Shamrock, Golden Brown, Brown, Dark Orange and Bright Yellow.
A Dotting Tool from Sephora
A 5/0 Artist's Loft Brush

Submitted by 
Danielle from

Danielle from used:
Color Club - Take me to your ch√Ęteau, a light pastel blue
American Apparel - Office, a light pastel green
American Apparel - L'esprit, a medium tones purple pastel
American Apparel - Summer Peach, a light pastel orange
China Glaze - Lemon Fizz, a bright pastel yellow
Konad Plate M78
Konad Special polish White
Topcoat - Essie Matte About you

 Submitted by

Alexther used:
Art Deco white, baby pink, magenta and bright orange
Sally Hensen: wet cement, ivy league and hot magenta
Sinful Colors: love nails
Top coat by Beauty Secrets and Bunny nail stickers by Kiss

Submitted by
Jenni Lee at

Jenni Lee at used:
China Glaze's For Audrey, and Martha Stewart's Brownstone glitter.
Base coat: Orly's Bonder. 
Top coats: INM out the door, and final top coat as a level-er China Glaze's fastforward top coat.  

Submitted by
Jolene from

Jolene from used:
China Glaze Spontaneous as base color, stamped with China Glaze Agent Lavender, using konad plate m57. 
For the dots: Sinful Colors Vacation time, China Glaze City siren, China Glaze Below deck, China Glaze Grape pop, and China glaze white out mixed with Sinful colors Last chance for a light green color.  

Submitted by
gnarly gnails @

gnarly gnails @ used:
OPI Pink Friday
Fingerpaints Black Expressionism
White and Brown Acrylic Paint
Seche Vite

Submitted by
Charlotte from

Charlotte from used:
Sally Hansen Salon Effects in the LE pattern Checker Out

  Submitted by

Black used:
Revlon Nail Enamel in Classy
Revlon Colorstay in Cafe Pink
Wet n Wild megalast in 218A I Need a Refresh-Mint
essence colour & go in 27 No More Drama
Revlon Nail Enamel in Minted
Sinful Colors in Black on Black
Sinful Colors in Snow Me White
Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
and some different sizes of dotting tools

Submitted by

May used:
Sally Hansen Insta-Grip Fast Dry Base Coat
Wet n' Wild Shine in 449C (White Base Coat)
Sally Hansen X-Treme Wear in Mellow Yellow
Sally Hansen X-Treme Wear in Mint Sorbet
Wet n' Wild Megalast in I Need a Refresh-Mint
Essie St. Lucia Lilac
Seche Vite topcoat

Submitted by
Mafer (Hellomaphie): 

Mafer (Hellomaphie) used:
China Glaze - something sweet
China Glaze - Kinetic Candy
China Glaze - Sweet Hook
Sally Hansen Complete Salon - Yellow Kitty
Sally Hansen xtreme wear - Mint Sorbet
and the other ones are nail art pens by Nubar

Submitted by
Jammies of
Jammies of used:
(pinky to thumb) China Glaze Encouragement, Sally Hansen Smooth and Perfect Sea, China Glaze Light as Air, Sinful Colors Cinderella and Orly Au Champagne.  
Then she added a coat of Orly Winter Wonderland and a coat of Joe Fresh matte topcoat, white buttons with Sinful Colors white nail art striper and some little rhinestones. 

Submitted by
Gina Marie from

Gina Marie from used:
BC: Sally Hansen Double Duty
Background:  OPI Alpine Snow
Purple peeps:  China Glaze Sweet Hook
Yellow peeps:  Sinful Colors Unicorn
Peep eyes: Orchid Truffle Maker
"Sugar" sparkles:  Spoiled Shaken Snow Globe
TC: Seche Vite
She free-handed the chicks and did the beaks and eyes with a small dotting tool.

Submitted by
Savvy from

Savvy from used: 
China Glaze Snow, China Glaze Bahamian Escape, China Glaze Shocking Pink, and Diamond Cosmetics Lemon Yellow Zest.
Submitted by

Chelsea used:
Zoya Remove + Remover, Cleaner, & Prep
1 coat Zoya Anchor Base Coat
3 coats Sally Hansen Smooth & Perfect:
     Satin on my middle finger,
     Air on my pointer and ring fingers
     Sea on my thumb and pinkie
1 coat China Glaze Luxe and Lush
2 coats Out The Door Northern Lights

Submitted by
Kim from

Kim from
Base is China Glaze Kinetic Candy on all nails
Thumb: Basket is ChG Foie Gras with Essie Little Brown Dress accents, eggs are CND Guava, ChG Dance Baby and Ulta Cream of the Crop, Sun is ChG Lemon Fizz, Grass is OPI Don't Mess with OPI, clouds are Essie Marshmallow (these colors were used on other nails, below is list of ones not included on thumb but on other fingers.)
Index finger: Whimsical
Middle finger: Eggs - CND Guava with stripes of Dance Baby, Ulta Cream of the Crop with essence let's get lost dots, ChG Dance Baby; topcoat of ChG Fairy Dust 
Ring finger: bunny is essie Little Brown Dress, eyes ChG Sweet Hook, Clouds essie Marshmallow, and grass OPI Don't Mess with OPI
Pinkie: essence Let's Get Lost with dots of essence Break through, ChG Dance Baby with strpies of essence Break through, ChG Sweet Hook with essence Wake Up! stripes and a topcoat of ChG Fairy Dust

Submitted by
Brie Keely:

Brie Keely used:
Seche Clear and Vite
Base color:
Revlon Colorstay Longwear in Cafe Pink
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Fuschia Power
Revlon Colorstay Longwear in Indigo Night
SinfulColors in Firefly
Milani High Speed Fast Dry in Jiffy Orange
Revlon Nail Enamel in Sassy

Submitted by

Phyrra used:
Base - Cult Nails Get It On
Color - NARS Pokerface (2 coats)
Pink Dots - Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen in Neon Pink
Yellow Dots - China Glaze Solar Power
Top - Orly Sec n' Dry Top Coat

Submitted by

Sephiria used:
Rimmel Base Coat Top Coat Pro
Rimmel French White Tip Pro
Revlon Gum Drop
Revlon Sunshine Sparkle
Revlon Cotton Candy
Sinful Colors Let Me Go
NYC Hint of Mint
NYC Cotton Candy
Submitted by

Four used:
Sally Hansen Maximum Growth Plus Nail Color in Crystal Clear
Wet n' Wild Wild Shine Nail Color in Blazed
Wet n' Wild Wild Shine Nail Color in Tickled Pink
Kiss Nail Art Paint in Black

Submitted by
Jen Monopoli

Jen Monopoli used:
Revlon Sunshine Sparkle (yellow)
Revlon Angelic (pink)
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Lacey Lilac (lavender)
Essie Sweet Talker (blue)
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mint Sorbet (green)
The bottle she's holding is Revlon Lilac Pastelle
The flower decals are Kiss Nail Artist brand

Submitted by
colorfulpaints blogspot

colorfulpaints blogspot used:
1. Base Coat: Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat
2. Sally Hansen Wedded Bliss
3. Essence Sundancer
4. Revlon Minted
5. China Glaze For Audrey
6. N.Y.C. Starry Silver Glitter
7. Revlon Extra Life No Chip Top Coat

Submitted by

Divacici37 used:
Revlon 211 Charmin
China Glazed Make some noise
Sinfulcolor 953 Unicorn
Sinfulcolor 101 Snow me White
Sinfulcolor 952 Hazard

Submitted by

Katie used:
Revlon 960 Quick Dry Topcoat as basecoat
Yellow-Inglot 722
Light Blue- Sinful Colors 1106 Cinderella
Glitter- WetnWild 33825 Speak When Spoken To
Sally Hansen Insta-Dri as topcoat

Submitted by

MsKimiKiwi used:
Kissy & Call you later from Sinful Colors

Submitted by
Silvana of Glitz Glam Budget:

Silvana of Glitz Glam Budget used:
Sinful Colors 24/7
Sinful Colors Queen of Beauty
Revlon Electric

Submitted by

Aly used:
Wet n Wild I Need A Refresh Mint on half, and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Lacey Lilac on the other half. Then on the mint side, She used a dotting tool and Sally Hansen xtreme Wear White On for the dots, and on the lilac side she used the same dotting tool and Wet n Wild I Need A Refresh Mint for those dots.

Submitted by
Gretchen in Florida:

Gretchen in Florida used:
Base: CG White on White
Pinkie: Confetti Fruit Smoothie
Ring: JLB #01
Middle: JLB #03
Pointer: Color Club New Bohemian
Thumb: JLB #04
Red Angel - RA 105
OPI RapiDry Topcoat

Submitted by 

Josie used:
Essie "Grow Faster" Base Coat
Pure Ice "Super Star" (White)
Finger Paints "Model Colour" (Darker pink on all nails)
Finger Paints "My Art Belongs to You" (Lighter pink on marbelized nail)

Submitted by
reader Janet:

Reader Janet used:
Sally Hansen Diamond Strength No Chip Base Coat
China Glaze Lemon Fizz
China Glaze For Audrey
Essie French Affair
LA Colors White
OPI Rapi-dry Top coat

And last but certainly not least, I thought it would be very appropriate to end this post with a photo by reader Bunnie!

Submitted by

Bunnie used:
Sally Hansen Diamond Strength No Chip Base Coat
China Glaze Lemon Fizz
China Glaze For Audrey
Essie French Affair
LA Colors White
OPI Rapi-dry Top coat

I hope you enjoyed the Easter Manicure Round-Up, and I hope it provides you with plenty of inspiration for your own Easter manicure this year. A HUGE thanks to everyone who took the time to submit a photo for consideration. You all are so incredibly creative and talented and I'm so lucky to have you as readers!

NEXT UP: around the middle of June I'll be asking for your photos for my 4th of July Manicure Round-Up, so get your thinking caps on!


  1. Thank you for doing these, G, I know it was a lot of work! Such a ton of creative and beautiful manicures--well done, everyone!

    1. Ack, I forgot to say thank you for including me!

  2. Wonderful job, everyone! And G, thank you so much for including me again!! :o)

  3. Wonderful job, everyone! And G, thank you so much for including me again!! :o)

  4. Thanks so much for giving us nail addicts the opportunity to share our nail art with your readers. I know a bunch of work went in to putting this post together. Also a thanks for the inspiration from all the submissions displayed and for choosing my nail artwork to display as well :)

  5. So excited to have made the cut with all these talented ladies!

  6. Thanks so much for doing this and thanks for including me! :)

  7. I am so happy that you decided to chose my mani, G! Thank you for being so wonderful. This just made my day =D. Awesome job everyone... all these manis rock!

  8. These are great, and I love how you show nail art that every skill level can do. My current polish colors are limited right now (threw out tons of old clumpy ones) but I've gotten several ideas that I could do :D

  9. Awesome job G! Love all of them, I will make one of the ladies design this week. ;)

  10. Next time can you list your email in the post? when i clicked on it in your info section it kept opening outlook which i dont have:(

    1. My email address is also visible on the RIGHT side of the about me page. You don't need to click on it to see it. Sorry you missed that.

  11. So many great ideas! And thanks so much for including me!!!

  12. I tried a couple of different Easter manis but was not happy with the results! However after looking through these photos I am inspired to try again. I have been wanting to do a marble mani and hope to get to it this week! Great job every one!!!! :)

  13. Congratulations to every single one who submitted their work, ALL of them are so PRETTY and creative!!

  14. Thank you so much for including my manicure amontg all the other beautiful works of art. I was very excited to look through them all. Great job everyone!

  15. Thank you so much for including my nail work in this Easter manicure round up, it has made my DAY!!!!!!! I think this is such a fabulous idea, and a great way for us to get nail inspiration!! I look forward to other manicure round ups...I'm already thinking of what to do for 4th of July manicure!!

  16. OH YAY I was picked! Thanks so much G~

    All of these manicures are beautiful!

  17. Yay! Thanks for doing this and thanks for including me! It was last October when I stumbled across your site looking for ideas for my toenails and I was so inspired by you that I decided to stop chewing my nails for the first time in over 30 years just so I could have pretty painted nails. So I'm pretty proud of myself if that's ok to say. ;) Thank you!!!

  18. This post is so much fun!!

    Thanks to everyone, and a (virtual) special Easter goodie basket goes out to G. :)

  19. Thank you so much for including me with these other beautiful designs. This is my passion & it's great to see others work who share the same passion. Thanks G! I can't wait till the 4th of July posts. I have tons of ideas already.

  20. What a cute post! I am so inspried. :) You have some very creative readers!!! I can't wait to do an Easter manicure now (if the baby can sleep long enough for me to create nail art, lol!).

  21. YEAYYYYYYY my pic made it,thank you for including it :)

  22. Wow I made it, thanks for choosing mine, and I loved all the others Easter manicure pics.


  23. Thanks for doing this post. It is so nice to see everyone's designs. I'm very excited to be a part of it, thanks again!

  24. I was picked ^_^!!!
    nice work!
    love Easter manis ~!

  25. was hard to pick a favorite.

  26. Oh these are so great! Polka dots, pastels and bunnies, a great variety of designs :D Thanks for hosting these challenges, G!

  27. Oh these are so great! Polka dots, pastels and bunnies, I love it. Thanks so much for hosting these challenges, can't wait for the 4th of July :)

  28. Yay, I'm so honored to be featured with all the other amazing manicures! Great job ladies! Thanks for putting this together!

  29. Ooh, I'm honored to be among the lucky chosen. Been a follower (lurker) for quite a while. Thanks for taking the time to put the post together. Looking forward to the Independence Day one!!!

  30. So honored to be among the chosen. Looking forward to the next one!!

  31. Ooh, I'm honored to be among the lucky chosen. Been a follower (lurker) for quite a while. Thanks for taking the time to put the post together. Looking forward to the Independence Day one!!!

  32. These are fantastic, awesome nail art everyone! Feeling inspired to do my own Easter mani now ♥

  33. These are all so pretty and colorful!

  34. These are all so pretty and colorful!! :D

  35. Wow what a surprise, thanks for picking me. I enjoyed seeing all the other Easter nails.

  36. Thank you for the pics! I am inspired! But for the next one - we don't celebrate the 4th of July - we celebrate Independence Day! The 4th would be just another day if it were't Independence Day. (:

  37. Thank you for this post. I am inspired! But for the next one - we don't celebrate the 4th of July, we celebrate Independence Day! The 4th would be just another day if it weren't Independence Day!


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