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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Rose Romance. Fresh Paint Quickie. [Essie]

nails and photo by hollyannaeree

Playing with roses again.

I just couldn't help myself!

What I used: 

What I did:

1. Apply a base coat (I use OPI Nail Envy for Natural Nails)

2. Apply 2 Coats of Essie Mod Square over the entire nail except for the ring finger on each hand. 

3. For the ring fingers apply Essie Sugar Daddy over the entire nail. (base color for the french)

4. Then use Essie Blanc to paint a white tip to the ring fingers. (I do this free hand)

Now for the Nail Art:

5.  Using Essie Mod Square paint 3 squiggly circles. (You want an organic shape! This is going to be your rose.)

6. Taking a small brush (either a nail brush or in my case I used a Sigma E11 eyeliner brush) dip it into Orly Lucky Duck to create the leaves on the side of your roses. (You can either make a leaf shape or just make kind of a dash mark) 

7. Wipe off your brush and then dip it into Orly Gum Drop to highlight the leaves. All you need to do is draw a line or two within the darker green section. 

8. Wipe off your brush one last time and dip it into Revlon Cafe Pink to highlight the inside of the roses. For this I just draw little half circles or C's and swirl the paint around a bit. (Most likely your little glob of Essie Mod Square will still be wet so the polishes will mix together some. This is okay and can sometimes add to the effect as shown below.)

9. Finish off with a fast drying top coat. I use Seche Vite

Finished Product:

nails and photo by hollyannaeree

nails and photo by hollyannaeree

Overall I think this was a really fun look! This is my second time doing rose nail art and I really enjoy it. It's a really simple and easy way to add some interest to your manicure. 

Of course you can do this any why you'd like - Here's another example of how I've used the roses before. (This was my first time ever trying the rose design on my nails. LOVED IT!)

nails and photo by hollyannaeree

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Thanks so much for reading! I hope you have enjoyed this post! 
Don't forget to check out my latest videos on YouTube as well - TWO new ones this week so far. Hits & Misses as well as a nail polish haul will be up as well. 

Talk to you soon,


  1. Gorgeous! xxx

  2. I love your nails! I can't get over how pretty they are :) great job!

  3. Impressive!! I wish I was that talented!!

  4. Your roses came out really good. I love the pink.

  5. Your roses look great. When I first saw it I thought it was a decal. Love your blog and your videos. I think you do a great job on both :)

  6. This is so cute! Your roses turned out really well!

  7. I love how you are also now doing nail art on your own nails. That is this is my first seeing you do this. I love it.


  8. I love rose nail art! Especially love the mint version. That's really good for your first time! :)

  9. love how girly and dainty this look is .. especially love the roses on one finger .. makes it pretty without being OTT =)

  10. You're nails are pure perfection! :)

  11. That's so good! It almost looks like those pre-made press-on nails with designs. I wish my hands had the dexterity to do something like this.

  12. those nails are sooooooooo pretty!! defs going to try them :D

  13. Wow! You free hand the ring finger art? I thought it was decals or something! Absolutely lovely.

  14. Wow! I'm going to try it but I'm not sure if I'll be able to make it pretty like yours. Rarely do nail art because I always mess up my right nails (can't draw with left hand).


  15. Love this nail art ^o^


  16. such beautiful nails! love all the designs!


  17. Pretty

  18. I love the mint polish with the floral design! Very pretty. :)

  19. These are so great! I totally thought the flowers were nail decals until I read further!!! Great Job! I will definitely be trying this!

    ❤ Temi Truly