- Saturday, 15 November 2014 -

DIY: Rose Nails

Hello you lovely lot! Amidst all the anticipation for Christmas and not awash with the seasonal spirit JUST yet, I decided to experiment with this quick and easy floral pattern in the hope of injecting a bit of colour into a dull and dreary winter wardrobe. Inspired by the iconic ditsy floral style of Cath Kidston, I absolutely adore how the colours pop against a dark jumper! In order to achieve this bright and bold look, you will need...

Four nail polishes: preferably in red, light pink, dark green and mint
Nail art brushes, in the smallest sizes
Or alternatively if you don't happen to have any brushes, simple cocktail sticks should do the trick

Step 1/ Gather your chosen nail polishes, the roses don't necessarily need to be red and pink, use your imagination! They can be yellow, white etc. I purchased my nail art brushes from Claire's Accessories, however alternatively cocktail sticks work well too.

Step 2/ Because your leaves are naturally going to be green, paint the base of your nails mint to contrast and complement the colours painted on top. The lighter your base, the brighter your forefront colours will appear!

Step 3/ Once you've let your base coat dry, you may then apply the body of the roses onto it. The spots don't have to be perfect, actually it's better if they're not completely circular as this adds definition and distinction between your roses. 

Step 4/ Like the previous process, wait until your nails have completely dried. Next up is the leaves, in straight strokes give your roses either one or two leaves each with your dark green nail polish. 

Step 5/ Admittedly the most difficult part of the process is creating the detail within the roses. Using my thinnest and smallest brush available, I painted around the outer ring of the roses, detailing them in both clockwise and anti-clockwise circular strokes to give the roses depth. Basically, you begin from the outside and work your way in until no more room is left for your pink nail polish.

After you repeat the process on all of your nails, you're done! I've been receiving compliments on them all week; people asking me if they're nail decals or not or whether I've had them done professionally - a nice little boost to brighten anyone's mood!

  1. You are so talented miss! I'll have to try this one day soon. Although I'll need plenty of patience because I'm quite clumsy, lol :) x

  2. You can certainly tell that these are Cath Kidson inspired! I am usually quite lazy with my nails, but seeing you make these mini little masterpieces makes me want to try it out!!

    Technicolour Dreamer

  3. This is so cute! I used to do flowers and patterns on my nails all the time but I end up peeling them off so don't bother anymore. I love the sound of the nail brushes though!

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens
    Too Faced Giveaway

  4. LOVE LOVE LOVE this tutorial! xx

  5. Oh my god I love these! they look so cute! And so easy! Xx

  6. very cute! you make it look so easy but I'm sure if I tried this I would mess them up! :(


  7. I think I have fallen in love! You are so talented to come up with this!


  8. So cute and lovely! I would be so rubbish at doing this! I think the colours on their own are so pretty though so I'd be happy to stick to plain, and maybe try and get one of my friends with a more steady hand than me to have a go!


  9. So cute I don't think I could do that. I'm really bad at doing cool designs on my nails haha. Would love to try it though!

    Awkwardgirlx Blog

  10. I'm in love with these nails! they are so pretty! I cant wait to try this out for myself xxx


  11. Your nails look amazing (: xx

  12. Thank you so much for your comment on my blog, Claire. I had to pop through to yours and had to follow straight away! I love the pastel colour theme, and I've loved reading your the posts. Nice to see that you're local too, Newcastle is my FAVOURITE place in UK, i used to go to uni there! This floral nail art tutorial you've done is great, I struggle with things like this so I'll have to bookmark it. I did floral nail art once but it wasn't very good, so I shall give it another go during the christmas break xxxx