28 February 2013

Vintage Rose Nail Art Tutorial

I posted these vintage rose nails earlier this month, mentioning that they were a sudden whim (read: irresistible urge), even though I was in the middle of Christmas nail art and tutorials when I did them. And maybe it was because I was in "tutorial mode" at the time, but I actually remembered that waaaay back when I posted my first version of these last May, the fabulous Tara had asked me to do a tutorial for them. So, I took some pictures as I went this time, and better late than never, right? Now that spring is almost here again I thought it was finally time to write up and post this tutorial for how to do vintage rose nail art.

vintage rose nail art tutorial

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All you need to do these are your polishes, a paper plate or similar to put out some polish on, and a small dotting tool (or a toothpick, bent bobby pin, dried up ballpoint pen, etc.--though you could of course do these with acrylic paints and brushes if you prefer). After base coating I painted my nails with Jessica Surfer Boyz'n Berry (BTW, Jessica's website and the bottle disagree on where that apostrophe is supposed to go. I followed the website when I posted my swatches of this polish, but it's "Boyz'n" on the bottle. Totally fascinating stuff, right?! Yeah, anyway...). Other good choices might be China Glaze For Audrey, Essie Mint Candy Apple, Zoya Bevin or Wednesday, or a light, minty green like Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet or China Glaze Re-fresh Mint.

So once your base colour is dry, on every other fingernail, paint 3-5 irregular spots of bright pink (I used OPI Pink Friday, from the Nicki Minaj collection). These can be done with your dotting tool or, if it's small and easy enough to control, the polish brush itself. They don't need to be--really shouldn't be--perfectly round or uniform, and they should have enough room between for the leaves that come later.

vintage rose nail art tutorial

After those have had a couple of minutes to dry, it's time to start detailing. With a dark pink or bright red (I chose Jessica Dynamic, a dark, berry-red pink), use your dotting tool to glide or stipple on a semi-circular swoosh, like a comma or a parenthesis, around about 1/3 of the flower.

vintage rose nails tutorial

Next, do a smaller comma/parenthesis across from it, leaving 1/4 to 1/3 of the border "open."

vintage rose nail art tutorial

Your third swoosh will be a small comma from the middle of the flower to the open edge.

vintage rose nails tutorial

Letting those dry for a bit, use your dotting tool again to make polka dots (I've also seen stripes) on the other fingers. I used OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls for mine.

vintage rose nail art tutorial

When you've finished your polka dots, your darker pink swooshes should be at least semi-dry. Now it's time to add leaves to the flowers (I used Essie Pretty Edgy). These are also done with the dotting tool, dabbing/dragging three dots together into a triangle shape. Without really lifting your tool away from the nail, drag one dot into two at the base, near the flower, then drag the polish out to the point of the leaf.

vintage rose nails tutorial

After that, you're pretty much finished! Just give your polish ample time to set and dry before top coating. When it's ready, make sure you have a good amount of quick-drying top coat on the brush, and try to glide your brush over the top coat instead of making contact with the nail polish underneath. Also, avoid going over the same spot more than once if you can. These steps should help you avoid streaking your nail art, but even if you do get a little bit, it's a lot like the flowers themselves--from just a couple of feet away the tiny imperfections you might see close-up just sort of fade into the background, leaving you with cute, vintage-looking roses on your nails!


vintage rose nail art tutorial

41 comments:

  1. Awwww thanks for this tutorial Elizabeth! It's super simple, and I hope I'll be abole to try this technique this weekend ^^

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    1. It really is simple when you break it down! Hope you enjoy, and thanks so much!! :D

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  2. So vintage! I'm amazed as always:)

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    1. Aw, thank you very much, Marce7ina! =)

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  3. So pretty! and thanks for the great tutorial!

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    1. You're so welcome, Natalia, and thank YOU!!

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  4. Really nice tutorial, definitely going to try this soon! Reminds me a lot of doing a leopard print, so it should be managable ^^ I never thought of this, and it's probably much easier than the swirling-technique! Thank you xx

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    1. Thanks so much, Loes!! You're right--it really is similar to doing a leopard print. The results aren't as "detailed" as the swirling technique can be, but I found this way to be a lot easier. ;)

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    1. Thank you very much, Beautylicious! :o)

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  6. Oh thank you thank you thank you! I love it...AND I think I have every one of those polishes used, so I can REALLY copy you! :) <3

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    1. Aw, YAY, Tara!! Thanks, and you are so welcome!!! Really hope you decide to give it a try--I would LOVE to see your results, and if you have any questions at all, just hit me up! ^_^

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    1. You're so welcome, Meredith--and thank you! :)

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  8. super pretty ^^
    Thank you for the tutorial :)
    I will make this one :D

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    1. Thank you, and you're very welcome--I hope you enjoy it!

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  9. Awesome tutorial!! I had no idea how you did this, wow, it doesn't look that hard now. Love the roses with polka dots, very cottage like, shabby chic, aka Rachel Ashwell.

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    1. Thank you so much, Jenni! Wow, I just looked at the gallery on Rachel Ashwell's site, and I take that as a huge compliment!

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  10. I love vingage roses. Your nails do mimick them. I must give this look a try. Thx for sharing :)

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  11. Thanks for the tutorial! I had no idea how to make these, but now I do thanks to the visuals. I'm itching to try this on my next mani :D

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    1. Really glad it made some sense, and I hope it helps--thank you very much, Estivalia! :)

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  12. Ooh, I like this pictoral tutorial. I much prefer seeing the process!

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    1. Thanks, Amanda! I do like being able to see what sort of motion someone uses in a video tutorial to create this swoosh or that line, but then pics do have the advantage of letting you stop along the way for a good look at each step...and also I don't know how to make videos. ^_^

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  13. Thanks for the tutorial! You make it look deceptively easy with your step-by-step instructions. :-)

    ~ Yun

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    1. Aw, thank you so much, Yun!! As I learn and work out how to do more nail art designs, it seems like a lot of them get much easier if you look at 'em in bite-sized pieces. ;o)

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    1. Oh, I hope you do--and I wanna see pics! Thanks bunches, Cordia! :D

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  15. Love this so much! The tutorial makes it look so easy! <3

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    1. Thank you, Liz! I'm very glad to hear that--when you break it down into simple shapes, it definitely gets much easier! ^_^

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  16. Awesome tutorial and an awesome mani! Going to have to try this out myself!:)

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    1. Thank you very much, Lindsey! I bet you'd do a great job with these! :D

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  17. Your the queen of floral nails - seriously. In love with all the creations you come up with!

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    1. Aw, Heather, you are the sweetest!! I can't take credit for the design itself, since it's been floating around the internet for a while now, but I can't tell you how much I appreciate all your kind words! ♥

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  18. Hi, I really loved this nail design, it's super cute! I might try it sometime. And can you please tell me what camera you used for these photos of your nails, because they are great quality! It would be so helpful, thank you. :)

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