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Spring is here and I’m in the mood for some pastels.

Here’s a DIY manicure that’s as easy as can be — and you’re sure to be showered with compliments. ;)

Cloudy with a chance of praise.

This is The Cloud Manicure, inspired by Jane over at Nailside (love that Jane).

I wanted to make this as cloud-like as possible, so I picked a light blue for my background. I gave my white fluffy clouds a silver lining and sealed the deal with a shiny, thick top coat.

Cloud formation materials, from left: Orly Mirror Mirror, Sephora by OPI Havana Dreams, OPI DS Series Radiance, OPI Alpine Snow, Essie Ridge Filling Base Coat. (Also some new cuticle cream I recently bought & am really enjoying... CND Cuticle Eraser.)

Oh, no. Streaky blue. So far, not impressed with Sephora by OPI, in general.

I thought a dark gray accent cloud would be cool... but I changed my mind and decided to opt for a uniform pattern instead.

Ahh, much better! And yes, I am that messy.

Here are some clouds in shade on my way to work.

And here's the Cloud Mani in brilliant sunshine!

Check out Nailside for the tutorial! Jane’s done ombré clouds (several shades of gray) and I’m thinking neons would look awesome, too. It really is the easiest artistic manicure I’ve done yet, and it was a huge hit! For you creative types out there, an “April Showers Bring May Flowers” theme is easy to imagine, isn’t it?

oncloudnine, GLOSS

P.S. My favorite band ever? a-Ha. They’ve got a hot track from the 80s called “Blue Sky” and if you expected me to ignore that happy coincidence and fail to include a link to the song at the end of this post… think again!

Enjoooooy.

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