Cath Kidston nails

Cath Kidston is synonymous with ditzy florals, cutesy polka dots and nostalgic patterns, adorning many a cushion, tea towel and bedspread with its sweet prints. I think Cath Kidston designs are infectiously adorable and I have my fair share of Kidston-covered items in my possession. I was originally inspired to give this nail art a go after seeing Corrie’s post where she shared her springtime nails with us, and then I found this post on Emily’s blog and was finally convinced to give it a whirl. It may look a little challenging but I can assure you that in four simple steps, you too can have some fancy florals on your fingertips…

Cath Kidston nail art
Cath Kidston nail art
Cath Kidston nail art

1. Firstly, chose your base colours. I used Barry M Blueberry Ice Cream and Bourjois 1 Seconde nail polish 06* but there are so many colour combinations you can use, just have a play about with different shades until you find a happy harmony.

2. On the accent nail, I chose to do polka dots by using Orly Prelude to a Kiss* blobbed on with a cocktail stick. For the other nails I took Bourjois 1 Seconde nail polish 06 and roughly dabbed it on from the brush to create the flowers.

3. Whilst the flowers are still a bit tacky, I took Orly Prelude to a Kiss and swirled it in with a cocktail stick to give the flowers a three-dimensional look.

4. Finally, I took Illamasqua Nomad polish* and blobbed it around the flowers to create the leaves. I also added some extra polka dots to fill in the spaces. Et voila!

Cath Kidston nail art

Do you go ditzy over floral prints? Let me know if you have attempted a similar nail art; I’d love to see it 🙂

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  1. 1st May 2012 / 10:07 pm

    Love this nail idea! It's so cute, especially with the polka dot accent nail, I'm going to try this soon, so cute 🙂 xxx

  2. 1st May 2012 / 10:16 pm

    Very cute 🙂 I love the colours you have used! I've had floral nails on my list of 'to do nail art' for so long but I've been slacking in the nail art department recently!

  3. 1st May 2012 / 10:22 pm

    I love this type of nail art you did a great job. I did similar for Valentines Day
    My Floral Nails

    🙂 x

  4. 1st May 2012 / 10:25 pm

    These are stunning! Always wanted to know how to do them! thank you 🙂


  5. 1st May 2012 / 10:57 pm

    that looks so cute, i definitely think i want to try that!
    and that orly colour looks gorgeous, i need to be on the lookout for that next time im at sally's

  6. 1st May 2012 / 11:00 pm

    they look amazing!
    Holly xxx

  7. 1st May 2012 / 11:42 pm

    So cute!!

  8. 2nd May 2012 / 12:32 am

    easier than i thought, thanks for this nail tutorial

  9. 2nd May 2012 / 1:12 am

    This looks gorgeous! x

  10. 2nd May 2012 / 3:20 am

    these look amazing, i can't believe you did it with a cocktail stick! cath kidston is infectious, i'm craving a pretty new bedspread! xx

  11. 2nd May 2012 / 3:51 am

    At first I totally thought they were nail wraps. Great job! x

  12. 2nd May 2012 / 7:10 am

    Wow, this looks pretty gorgeous and lovely! <3

  13. 2nd May 2012 / 7:52 am

    Bloody adorable!xxx

  14. 2nd May 2012 / 8:02 am

    These are gorggggeous!!

  15. 2nd May 2012 / 8:34 am

    So going to try this out, they look so good and I love Cath Kidston. xx

  16. 2nd May 2012 / 9:23 am

    Love these! They look sooo cute 🙂

  17. 2nd May 2012 / 9:23 am

    These look so good! Will have to give them a go x

  18. 2nd May 2012 / 10:07 am

    Lovely and looks so easy to do! xx

  19. 2nd May 2012 / 10:46 am

    these are so cute! xx

  20. 2nd May 2012 / 10:58 am

    These are so pretty I love them 🙂 Definitely want to give it a go Xx

  21. 2nd May 2012 / 2:04 pm

    Great job! Its great how many people are loving nail art now 😀
    I've done a few cath kidston inspired designs on my site and at the moment I am auctioning a set of false nails painted with cath kidston design for charity – ends in 5 days if anyone is interested. its a great charity a young lad who is fighting neuroblastoma
    Stacie xoxox

  22. 2nd May 2012 / 8:52 pm

    Adore these Milly, my friend did a guest post on nails similar to these a while ago and I just dribble over there, so lovely xx

  23. 2nd May 2012 / 9:07 pm

    You must have some steady handy Milly, these nails look amazing!

    Kate x

  24. 2nd May 2012 / 9:37 pm

    I need to try this! looks so pretty xxx

  25. 2nd May 2012 / 9:44 pm

    I really need to try this. It just looks so good and doesn't sound horribly difficult! Bank holiday weekend coming up sounds like the perfect opportunity… xo

  26. 2nd May 2012 / 10:33 pm

    so cute! m totally inspired to do them now!

  27. 2nd May 2012 / 10:52 pm

    wow looks stunning…if i tried to do this it'd look rubbish lol xx

  28. 2nd May 2012 / 10:58 pm

    They look lovely, good job! And that Illamasqua nail polish is beautiful xx

  29. 3rd May 2012 / 8:47 am

    Ahhh I love the roses, such a cute touch …think it would take me ages to do mine as good as your though!

    I've just put up a post of my new nails, have a peak you might like them!!

    Have a fab day,

  30. 3rd May 2012 / 12:14 pm

    So cute ! It looks so easy as well ! xx

  31. 3rd May 2012 / 7:40 pm

    The patterns on your nails look great ! 🙂 xx

  32. 3rd May 2012 / 9:51 pm

    So so cute!
    I keep wanting to do a floral pattern on my nails as it's so gorgeous for spring but don't know if I have a steady enough hand! xx

  33. 8th May 2012 / 3:14 pm

    Thanks for the shout out Milly! So glad I could inspire some Cath Kidston nails! You did SUCH a great job, love love love the accent nail! xxx

  34. 11th May 2012 / 6:37 pm

    Wow beautiful nails <3

  35. 11th May 2012 / 9:05 pm

    thank you ALL so much for your comments girls x

  36. 12th May 2012 / 7:15 pm

    What a great tutorial… you make it look easy (almost). Hopefully I can recreate something similar!

    Sami x

  37. 30th May 2012 / 11:08 am

    This is very cute!! I love reading your blog!