imfeelingnail-venturous had asked last week how I was doing the roses (cue “painting the roses red” song…) — it’s another one of those delightfully easy deals that just ends up looking like a lot more effort went into it. Everybody does these differently: I’ve seen people execute petals really well with dotting tools or pre-mixing polishes so there’s already a swirly effect when you paint in a petal, but this is how I’m currently working out roses.
First the flower base color (over the nail base, in this case nubar Lemon Sorbet): I use one of the small flat brushes to add this first part, finding I have a little more control with the application and ability to twist the brush to make a little arc (but really, the shape isn’t all that complicated, use whatever you’re comfortable with). Basically you’re just adding irregular blobs to your nails with slight bubble edges that would make the flower outline.
Then, with a fine tip brush, I go back in with a lighter color to add semi-circles that end up being the hilights of the roses, starting first at the center with a sort of deconstructed ying yang and then working outwardly from that, overlapping the arcs. It doesn’t have to be perfect — what flower ever was? — it’s mostly just adding a lighting effect. If you want to really be detailed about it you can go back in with a darker color too to add more depth… just play with it til it feels right to you. You can also apply your topcoat immediately after adding the flowers (while they’re still wettish) and it’ll softly blend the colors a little more.
Finally there are always the green flashes, which can either be soft little leaves off the side or a full jungle of vines and leaves behind the flowers, whatever you’re trying to get done. I like to first put a dark green color in and then go back in with a lighter one to add a hilight to the leaves.
And there ya have it, roses in a couple of quick steps!