Strawberry Nail Art: The Manicure That's Holding Me Over Until I Can Afford To Visit Tokyo

I'm devastated that I didn't get to go to Japan with my friend, but I can totally copy her Japanese nail art in the meantime.
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I'm devastated that I didn't get to go to Japan with my friend, but I can totally copy her Japanese nail art in the meantime.

I really want to go to Japan. I’ve traveled around Europe and the US, but so far, the entire continent of Asia remains on my list of wonderful places to see. Although Korea, India, Thailand, and Cambodia are all high on my list, Japan remains at the top.

Unfortunately a ticket from Toronto to Japan seldom falls below $1,500, and so I am forced to wait for a day when I'm more financially stable (aka when I stop buying beauty products daily and save some money) to take the trip. 

We're all young right? We have so much time left to go to Japan and drink tea at the Cat Cafe!

But then one of my very best friends told me she was going to Japan with her awesome art gallery bosses, and my "plenty of time" argument turned into a horrible jealous attack on my brain that said "GET TO JAPAN NOW!" The irrational feelings got even stronger when I talked to one of her bosses at a gallery opening and he told me they'd probably just "grab some little buns and rent bikes and ride around the outdoor malls the first day." 

After that, I very seriously contemplated just buying a ticket with my Visa and going with them, but in the end, I just couldn't trick myself into thinking it was actually a readable idea. I lent her my coveted Hello Sandwich Tokyo guide, and patiently waited for the amazing Instagram pictures to appear.

And they did.

And they did.

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A group of Japanese people all dressed in pink with barrettes clipped in their bangs? A Rilakkuma store?! A breakfast where every food item has a smiley face?!? A blue haired boy singing karaoke beside a robot?! Girls with, like, 10 hair bows in their hair at 6% Doki Doki!?! 

It was more perfect than I had even imagined. I was so. Incredibly. Jealous. I actually felt so sorry for myself; it was sort of pathetic at points. It was suddenly like I was stuck in the wrong universe and I had no way to connect with the other side.

But then my fellow pink-haired friend went and got some famous Tokyo nail art, and my first thought was, "Hey, I can do that!" I finally found something attainable in her photos, something that I could replicate here in boring old Toronto. 

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Strawberry nails! Guys, these are so easy; you just need to follow three steps. Mine didn’t turn out quite as perfect as hers, but hey, I’m not a Tokyo-grade nail painter, and this is DIY!

You'll need:

•Top coat/ bottom coat

•Dotting tool

•Nail brush (preferably a very thin pointy one)

•Light green polish

•Pink polish

•White polish

I used- Butter London nail fertilizer, So Easy two-way dotting/nail brush, and American Apparel polishes in Office, Pink ladies, and T-shirt

I used Butter London Nail Fertilizer, So Easy two-way dotting/nail brush, and American Apparel polishes in Office, Pink ladies, and T-shirt.

1. Start with clear coated nails with a nice round tip. Then paint your nails pink.

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2. Using your nail brush, paint a little tuft of green along your cuticle line for the stem. It should look like a little green aloe vera plant growing out of your cuticle. Sort of.

A thinner nail brush would’ve made this way easier for me. My leaves didn’t turn out quite as cute as the actual Tokyo ones :(

A thinner nail brush would’ve made this way easier for me.

3. Add white dots on top of the pink areas to create seeds. When dry, seal it all off with a top coat and you're done!

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That's it! Remember, we all may not be able to go to Tokyo this week, but we can 100% get some Tokyo-inspired nails right this very moment!

We can have fun here too, right Rila?

We can have fun here too, right Rila?