Try This Rose Petal Nail Art Tutorial

Channel your inner girly girl with this pretty mani.
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Channel your inner girly girl with this pretty mani.
Girly girl mani

I'm going to be straight-up honest and say this is the most girly thing I have ever had on my body, and actually liked. At least on a large scale, flowery prints really aren't my scene. I already know my friends would tell me I'm trying too hard to be "super-femme" (or something like that) if I wore flower-print anything.

While I know that... I think I can at least get away with it on my nails. So far I have, and no one has said anything. (Then again, no one has actually seen my nails with this print yet!) So if you want to test drive this one with me, here are the deets:

What You Need

Girly girl mani - nail polishes
  • Base and top coat
  • A light shade of polish for the background colour: I used Sinful Colors Professional Nail Enamel in Glass Pink.
  • Pink and white polishes for the flowers: I used Sephora by OPI Nail Polish in BYOBoy (dark pink), Essie Nail Polish in Off the Shoulder (light pink) and OPI Nail Lacquer in Alpine Snow (white).
  • Green polish for the leaves: I used Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Fast Dry Nail Color in Jumpin' Jade.

Step One

As always, start by applying your base coat. My personal favourite is Sally Hansen Miracle Cure Strengthener. Then apply your background colour. You can really use any colour, athough the darker it is, the harder it gets for the flowers to fully show. I started with a dark base and ended up wiping it all off after getting frustrated with how many coats I needed for the roses. In the end, I picked Sinful Colors Professional Nail Enamel in Glass Pink as my background. It's a sheer, sparkly—yes, I'm still on my sparkle binge—super-light pink.

Step Two

Before you start painting roses, read these KEY rules to get the best results possible:

1. Use the neck of the bottle to wipe as much polish as possible off your brush before applying it to your nail. The less polish you have, the easier it will be to get the wispy/precise lines.

2. Use a light hand.

Here, I did two of my nails just so you can see what you are striving for:

Girly girl mani - step 2

Take your light pink. I used Essie Nail Polish in Off the Shoulder. Clean off the brush more than you normally would, and strive for some type of circular/blob shape.

Step Three

Now, take your white polish (I used OPI Nail Lacquer in Alpine Snow). Again, wipe the excess polish from the brush and swipe it on top of the pink in a circular formation. If you leave too much polish on the brush, you'll just cover up the pink.

Girly girl mani - step 3

Pro tip: The circular movement is what creates the appearance of the rose petals (as if you were staring at the flower head on).

Step Four

Use the darker shade of pink (I used Sephora by OPI Nail Polish in BYOBoy) to finish up the roses.

Girly girl mani - step 4

Take this opportunity to make each rose a bit bigger than they already were. So, instead of putting the dark pink directly onto the existing rose, swipe a bit around it.

Step Five

Time to turn the pink blobs into actual roses! I tried making the green petals two different ways. I painted some petals with the actual nail polish brush (swiping it super clean then lightly brushing it against my nail), and I painted other petals on with a toothpick! Both worked well. (Case in point: I'm guessing you can't even tell which nails used which technique.)

For those who want to be crafty and use the toothpick... take the toothpick, swipe some polish off the nail polish brush or neck of the bottle, and then drag it along your nails. Nothing too crazy/difficult!

Girly girl mani - final

Add your top coat, and there you have it. Super-easy girly girl nails!

I hope you nail it!

Rikki Ciminsky is a student at Ryerson University in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @rikki_see.

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