The succulent plant trend appears to be here to stay. From aloe vera to cactus, you can buy succulents at farmers’ markets, grocery stores and many online stores. As a result, we see them everywhere — not only in pots and terrariums in homes and offices, but also in wedding displays, jewelry and even on nails.
Yes, that’s right. Succulent nail art is an unexpected way to show your love for these thick, fleshy, low-maintenance plants, and it’s largely thanks to Australian “botanical artist” Roz Borg, who knows a thing or two about succulents. Already established as a wedding florist and specializing in kokedama, a type of ancient Japanese garden art that is connected to the practice of bonsai, Borg started crafting living nail art a few years ago.
“I had been making real succulent jewelry and wanted to use the same application on something I had never seen baby succulents used on before,” Borg told The Huffington Post. “I Googled it and didn’t get any hits on anything, so I went for it.”
Borg’s fabulous succulent nails can be admired on her Facebook page.
Borg uses a floral adhesive named Oasis glue to attach the baby succulents to a false nail. After letting it dry, she then attaches the false nail to her real nail.
It’s a painstaking procedure that takes about an hour per hand, but the effect is incredible, as you can see in this gorgeous photo on Facebook.
“People are stunned when they realize it’s real live plants, not 3D sculpting,” Borg said. “Some people are grossed out, but most love it!”
If you’re thinking that this really isn’t a practical nail trend, you’d be right. It definitely doesn’t lend itself to doing chores. But Borg explained that it’s a “temporary green thumb.” The Oasis glue eventually comes unstuck, and the baby succulents can then be planted.
Borg also makes succulent face masks, but to be honest, they’re far too beautiful to wear. Just look at the plant-covered masterpiece in this Facebook photo:
Would you decorate your nails with tiny succulents?
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