22 May 2012

Vintage Rose Nail Art

Today I'm posting a totally original design that I totally made up all by myself! Okay, yeah, not so much, what with it being all over Tumblr and YouTube about a year or so ago, but since I'm a little bit late to the nail art party, this pretty design was a fun, new project for me to try.

vintage rose nail art

YouTube has tons of tutorials for variations on this theme, but two that I watched in particular, by SweetieLolliee and cutepolish, cover all the basics. I tweaked my colours a tiny bit and added a little embellishment to the leaves, but I was surprised at just how easy these adorable nails turned out to be!

Re-fresh Mint is a popular choice for this mani's background colour (and no surprise, it's a fantastic shade!), but I picked essie Navigate Her for just a little more pop. The roses are OPI Pink Friday (from the Nicki Minaj collection) and Revlon Red Carpet, with leaves of Jessica Mint Mojito Green and OPI Who the Shrek Are You?. Polka dots are essie Marshmallow. I wouldn't have had to go over the dots twice if I'd used a more opaque shade for them, but I didn't want them to be screaming white--plus I kinda like the raised texture I ended up with by doing them this way. I'm having way too much fun running my fingers over the little, raised dots on my nails (clearly I am not difficult to amuse ;p).

The roses take just a leeeetle bit of steadiness, but by the time I finished my right hand I pretty much had it figured out. I started doing the pink with my largest dotting tool, but it ended up being quicker and easier just to use the brush itself since they don't need to be perfect by any means. When those were fairly dry, I used my red and a toothpick to make a little "c" in the middle of each, then drew some rough parentheses around them. Then I drew triangular...ish... leaves in green with a medium dotting tool. They seemed to be missing a little something, though, so I dotted some of the brighter, Shrek green on top of each, then used my toothpick to dent/drag the dot out to reveal the darker green underneath, kind of like the vein in the middle of the leaf.

rose nail art


I can't help but wonder if those little streaks were there before or after I applied my SV top coat since I really can't even see them with my naked eye. Curse you, macro camera setting!

19 comments:

  1. Lovely :) Your flowers turned out great!

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  2. Wow, you did a great job on this! Soooo lovely. I wish I could do flowers like that! I can't do them at all :)

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    1. That's so sweet, Tara--thank you! I was sure I couldn't do them either, but then I just sat down and gave it a shot. If you can make a blob, a "c", a "(", and something that may or may not be a triangle, you can absolutely do them too. ^_-

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    2. Hee hee, was it really that easy? You should do a tutorial! :)

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    3. Yeah, it really is that easy! It'll be a picture tutorial, but I'll be happy to do it, especially if it means you give these a try. :)

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  3. So pretty! Love the roses against the green background! Very refreshing and girly at the same time! :-)

    ~ Yun

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    1. Thanks so much, Yun! I usually see this design over a much softer green, but lately I've been addicted to lime. ;)

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  4. this is sooo pretty! the colors you used are really on point :D

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  5. the colors you chose really make this look vintage - beautiful!

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  6. Ohmygosh, this is soooo pretty!!!! :D

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  7. I can't even tell you guys how much I appreciate the kind words--thank you so very much!!

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