Salon quality nails without the salon quality small talk!
You know a manicure is a winner when everywhere you go people ogle your fingernails, even when you're doing important things like buying peanut butter.
Such was the case with my most recent mani, which featured pretty little pink and red roses atop a white "doily." You all seemed to enjoy them, too, and thus an xoVain article was born.
While the design looks a little complicated, I promise these rose nails are easier to do than you'd think.
To recreate any manicure, all you have to do is break the design down into simple steps. That's what I'll for you with this how-to.
You'll need the following items: nail polishes in pink, green, red, blue and white. You'll also want two different-sized dotting tools and a wee paint brush.
Here are the three tools I used to create this manicure: a nail art brush and two dotting tools. You can find nail art brushes at beauty stores or craft stores. For the longest time, I was using a simple pack of small paint brushes I found at the craft store and they worked perfectly.
Don't have any dotting tools? That's cool--you can use alternatives. For the larger size, use the round end of a straight pin. For the smaller size, you can use the end of a bobby pin or even the tip of a pen or pencil.
OK, on to the mani!
After your base coat dries, paint your nails a pale to medium blue. I used Polish & Co.'s "Get Over It," which is a medium blue with a slight sheen. Apply two coats and wait 10 to 15 minutes while it dries.
Using your larger dotting tool, create a circle of six white dots in the center of your nail. I used LONDONTOWN's Lakur in Chelsea Porcelain for this.
If you're new to dotting, experiment a little bit on a piece of paper. I always create a small puddle of polish, gently dip my dotting tool into the puddle and then practice before moving on to my nail.
Using the same-sized dotting tool, create a round pink dot in the center of your "doily." It doesn't have to be a perfect circle, so don't stress too much about this. My pink of choice was Zoya's Shelby, a creamy pale pink.
While you wait for your pink dot to dry, you can place the tinier dots around your "doily." This is just for added measure and I think it makes the whole design even cuter. Use your smaller dotting tool for this, and gently place dots around the perimeter. Again, they don't have to be perfect.
Here's the fun part. Once your pink center has dried, it's time to bring your rose to life! To do this, use your tiny nail art brush to line 1/3 to 1/2 of your pink dot with dark red. If you don't have a nail art brush, you can use your smaller dotting tool to create this line. The red I used here is Nailtique's Protein Nail Lacquer in Moscow, which is super-rich and leans more blue than orange.
Next, make a tiny C-shape that starts in the center of your pink dot and swirls to the edge. If you want, you can play with the two colors by swirling them together, as I did on some of my nails. I think either method works, though.
To complete your rose, use your nail art brush to add two green lines for leaves. (It goes without saying you should rinse your brush in nail polish remover between colors.) I opted for Julep's Mackenzie, a lime-y green. Wait a few minutes for all your polish to dry and then seal that bad boy in with a top coat.
Ta-da! Let me know if you recreate this look. And if you do, I want to see pictures!