Nail Art Tutorial: Cupcakes for Valentine's

The cupcake nail art design will always have a special place in my heart and I will probably be emotional about it everytime I wear it or see other nail art enthusiast recreate the design. It was my first freehand nail art that paved the way for my nail art blog to be recognized.

My version of the cupcake nail art has been revived countless time and it made me a proud mama! I published the design on August 2010 that I simply titled Nail Art: Cupcakes. The idea was to come up with a method that would make painting cupcakes on nails easy. Reading the post brought back a lot of memories and it made me realize how much I've grown as a nail artist / blogger.

Let me share with you once more the cupcake nail art with a little twist:

Cupcakes for Valentine's Nail Art Design

This is actually a response to a request I received via email asking how to paint cupcakes on short nails. The method is basically the same, making one adjustment to make this design possible for shorter nails.

Cupcakes for Valentine's Nail Art Design on Dazzle Dry Pedal to the Metal

I normally prefer a clear background when I wear cupcake nails. But for this tutorial, I decided on 3 coats of Dazzle Dry Pedal to the Metal. It is a highly sheer polish but with 3 layers, it gives a very translucent finish that I thought really made the cupcakes pop.

I hand painted the design using acrylic paints and nail art brushes (detailing and stripper).

Here's a closer shot:

Cupcakes for Valentine's Nail Art Design

To make this work for shorter nails, paint the cupcake base/holder only on the center of your nail tip, leaving a space on both sides. This will determine the size of your cupcake. You can now adjust the height of the cupcake accordingly. In my original version, I used the entire width of the nails.

Cupcakes for Valentine's Nail Art Design

The request also asked for a video tutorial which I managed to squeeze in. Unfortunately, some scenes were out of focus (my bad) but overall, watchable.


I believe the cupcake nail art design will remain to be my utmost favorite for all the personal reasons I have attached to it. It is simple, fun, and timeless.

Have you tried wearing cupcakes on your nails?


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13 comments:

  1. love cupcakes, i'm already hungry *.*

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  2. I just love this mani, so sweet!

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  3. They look adorable! I love cupcake nails :)

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  4. lovely nail art ^^

    have a nice week :D

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  5. You have such great control of your hands! Will definitely try this!

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  6. Thanks, ladies for the appreciation. :)

    Makes me want dessert right now!

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  7. I did something similar to this for last year! :) But yours is still prettier. :)

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  8. so cute, i love all of your cupcake designs. you seem to use dazzle dry quite a bit. do you ever have problems with it shrinking away from the cuticle and nail tips? any advice for someone with those issues?

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    1. I think the problem with shrinkage is when we use self-leveling top coats. I either use Seche Vite or Dazzle Dry. I don't experience shrinkage with Dazzle Dry. Based on my experience, shrinkage can be avoided by applying a generous amount of top coat. :)

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  9. lovely as usual..the more I browse your blog the more I feel inspired....I was thinking of filling up your contact form requesting you to have a look at my blog too. But now I am having second thoughts.....your work is fine and creative that I am doubting mine...nevermind..I m still trying to gather up some courage and fill up the contact form may be :(
    But I am loving your work and the ease with which you do it....marvellous!!!

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    1. Oh please don't hesitate to shoot me a message. I love receiving them! It feels great to get to know people, especially those that share the same passion. :)

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