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In the sarcastic words of Miranda Priestly, the demanding editor-in-chief in the hit film “The Devil Wears Prada,” “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.” Florals are an obvious—and yes, sometimes cliche—choice for the warmer months, and though the tried-and-true pattern may be a fun way to welcome in the season, it can feel a bit overdone. So what’s one way to give the vintage print a modern feel on tips? A sleek matte top coat. Check out the top matte floral looks to wear this spring.

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Nailstyle/@ms-meow

For a playful look, try layering different floral patterns. Paint your base color and allow it to dry completely, then stamp a floral design using a pastel shade. Allow the nail to dry completely, then stamp a second floral pattern in a contrasting color, making sure that the second design allows hints of the first design to show through.

 

Nailstyle/@cassandra clark @myfreehands

Don’t be afraid to experiment with different base colors. A matte top coat gives deep cerulean floral tips a cool, modern feel.

 

Nailstyle/jgchef13

A delicate floral print reads ultra-chic on matte nude tips. For maximum precision when painting the pattern, use acrylic or gel paint instead of traditional polish.

Nailstyle/@rachel @crackersaboutlacquers

To achieve an intricate floral pattern without free-handing the design, try a reverse stamping technique. Rather than apply the stamp to the nail, use a detail brush to fill in the design on the stamper, then allow it to dry. Apply top coat to the entire design and let it dry completely, then use tweezers to gently peel off the design. Apply top coat to the nail, then gently place the design and allow it to dry.

Nailstyle/@jgchef13

This mani screams “spring is here!” From the dusty periwinkle shade to the feminine negative space floral print, this mani is a definite must-try this season.

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