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A how-to for the perfect realistic roses!
While roses may look intimidating to paint, they actually aren't too difficult. This tutorial is aimed to help in the process of painting these beautiful flowers! One thing I would highly recommend is looking at a picture of an actual rose while painting them. It definitely helps with the highlights and shadows.

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  • How to paint patterned nail art. DIY Rose Nail Art - Step 1
    Step 1

    For this particular design, I started with a black and white striped background. This is completely optional, you could truly paint any colors you want. Anyway, first step for painting roses is to use your lightest pink and paint a basic rose shape. One common misconception is to paint just a kind of circle shape. I think roses look much more realistic if you paint them on their sides, like how they are usually seen.

  • How to paint patterned nail art. DIY Rose Nail Art - Step 2
    Step 2

    Next, use a red paint to start adding depth to your rose. Again, looking at a picture of a rose will help immensely with this.

  • How to paint patterned nail art. DIY Rose Nail Art - Step 3
    Step 3

    Next step is to use an even darker red. I just mixed a tiny bit of black paint to red to make this color. See how realistic the rose looks already?

  • How to paint patterned nail art. DIY Rose Nail Art - Step 4
    Step 4

    Now, add a bit of highlights to your rose with some small dabs of white acrylic paint.

  • How to paint patterned nail art. DIY Rose Nail Art - Step 5
    Step 5

    Almost there! Use a lighter green to paint a basic leaf outline.

  • How to paint patterned nail art. DIY Rose Nail Art - Step 6
    Step 6

    and use your darker green to make your leaf look realistic.

  • How to paint patterned nail art. DIY Rose Nail Art - Step 7
    Step 7

    Last but not least, for this particular design, I used NYC Matte Top Coat. However, you could use any kind you want. Or even shiny top coat for that matter!

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