Nail polishes and tools have come a long way since 1914 when the first nail tints were launched on the American beauty market. Delicate brushes and design tools -- such as nail-dotter pens that are tools with tiny, pin-point tips -- make drawing and designing domino patterns, flashy fireworks and even flowers much easier for the at-home nail technician. Due to their organic shape and beauty, roses are the perfect project for someone just starting to learn about nail designs.
Things You'll Need
- Cotton swabs
- Nail dotter or nail pen
- Base-coat nail polish
- Clear top-coat polish
Trim your nails with nail clippers to remove any uneven edges and to shape the tips of your nails. Sweep over the edge of your nails with a file to further smooth out imperfections and prepare the nail for an even layer of nail polish.
Wash your hands with warm water and a little bit of soap. Dip a cotton swab in a little acetone and sweep over and around all of your nails to remove any oils that might interfere with the painting process. Make sure your hands and nails are dry after cleaning them.
Paint the base of your nail with a base coat of nail polish. This coat can be clear if you want to show off your natural nail or it can be a complimentary color, such as ivory or black, if you want to highlight the colors you will use for the rose.
Place a delicate dot at the center of your nail with a pink nail dotter or pen. Place another small dot that almost completely overlaps with the initial dot but still reveals a gentle curve, like a petal. Draw three to five more dots that also overlap with the center dot to create a soft, curvy base for the rose. All the dots should gather into one gentle shape. Work quickly while the nail polish is still wet. Allow the base of the rose to dry for about 10 minutes.
Draw a short half-moon shape on the edge of three of the overlapped dots that form the base of the rose. This will create a shading and contouring effect. Use a red or dark-pink nail dotter and space out the half-moon shapes around the exterior of the rose so they are not right next to each other.
Use the nail dotter to draw about five to seven delicate, light-pink, short semi-circles at the center of the rose to create the ruffles and folds of the interior of the rose. Allow the rose to dry for about 10 more minutes.
Draw a triangular leaf shape to the side of the rose using a green nail dotter. One edge of the leaf should touch the rose and the other two sides should slope gently outwards. Fill in the shape of the leaf with the green nail dotter. Add a second or third leaf if you're working with a larger nail such as the middle fingernail or the thumbnail. Allow to dry completely.
Apply a clear top coat over the rose shape and allow to dry completely.
Tips & Warnings
- Test out various sizes and details of the rose design on a piece of paper to get the style you want before you apply it to your nails.
- Add more shading and contouring if you feel like it. Each rose should be unique.
- Get creative with design colors. Black, gray, gold and white are all unexpected and edgy choices for an avant-garde rose design.
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