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The easiest floral manicure out there!
This free-hand nail art technique is one of the simplest floral patterns you can do on your nails. With just a dotting tool and small striping brush, you will have detailed, beautiful floral nails!

Posted by lacquerologist from Canton, Ohio, United States • Published See lacquerologist's 7 projects »
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  • How to paint patterned nail art. Retro Roses Nail Art - Step 1
    Step 1

    Apply base coat to your nails. Apply your base color. I am using Nicole by OPI Alex by the Books with a light sponging of Essie Where's My Chauffeur? over top. Make large round shapes using a large dotting tool. These will be the bases of your roses. I am using Priti NYC Pincushion Protea.

  • How to paint patterned nail art. Retro Roses Nail Art - Step 2
    Step 2

    Make roughly triangular shaped leaves on each rose. I like to use my small dotting tool to do this, but you could also probably use a striping brush or detail brush. I am using Priti NYC Bells of Ireland. Alternate the direction of the leaves so that the roses fill most of the nail plate.

  • How to paint patterned nail art. Retro Roses Nail Art - Step 3
    Step 3

    Add detail to your roses with a darker shade using your small dotting tool. I add some color to the outside, covering up where the leaves and rose meet, and then a dot or "smudge" to the center of the rose. I'm using OPI Anti-Bleak for my rose detail.

  • How to paint patterned nail art. Retro Roses Nail Art - Step 4
    Step 4

    Using a small striping brush, add detail to the leaves using a darker green shade. I am using Priti NYC Pearlwort here.

  • How to paint patterned nail art. Retro Roses Nail Art - Step 5
    Step 5

    Add some dots to fill the space! I'm using two shades: Priti NYC Nice Gal Peony and Priti NYC Silver Torch!

  • How to paint patterned nail art. Retro Roses Nail Art - Step 6
    Step 6

    Clean-up with acetone and a clean-up brush. Nice art can be messy, and that's okay! After ample dry time, apply top coat (I'm using Out the Door). Add sparkle if needed! I added a coat of INM Northern Lights!

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