Monday, 12 May 2014

Roses on Stripes


Now I've got the hang of roses I think I'm going to use them in so many manicures - so simple to do and such a pretty result! This manicure was inspired by a range of manicures I've seen on Instagram - I loooove instagram and am constantly inspired by the really talented nail artists I follow.... I can spend hours browsing nail art designs! 

So for this manicure, I started with a base of Huckleberry (pale blue) by Barry M. Once fully dry (I used Insta-Dri topcoat to speed this up!) I used the white Barry M nail art pen to freehand white stripes. My pen is running out a bit, so for my left hand I switched to a white striper polish to add the stripes. The effect was pretty much the same, except the stripes were less accurate (but more opaque!) using the striper. 

Once dry (again helped with Insta-Dri - I used this so much in this mani!) I added pink blobs with Models Own Pink Veneer. Once this was dry (I'm now sounding like a broken record!) I added the darker pink details to the pink blobs (Pink nail art pen, Barry M) to turn them into roses, and little green leaves (Greenberry, Barry M) using a dotting tool. Another coat of Insta-Dri and some acetone to clean up the edges and I was done!

This seems like quite a lot of work, but it wasn't really - it was more waiting for each layer to fully dry before adding the next that was the most time consuming. This is the kind of mani that looks really rubbish right until you've added the final details and cleaned them up, so you have to really persevere right until the end. Here's a pic of these mid-mani so you can see what I mean - a bit of a state right?

And some more pics of them finished! I think like my first roses mani from a few weeks ago, these remind me a bit of a Cath Kidston print! Sorry some of these are only phone-quality, but my actual camera washed out the colours a bit so I thought you could see the detail more on the phone pics. First two are camera pics, the rest from the phone...

If you're reading this today (Mon 12th May!) and want to vote for these nails in Grazia's manicure monday competition, here's the link! Xx



  1. Very pretty, and like you my first thought when I saw them was Cath Kidson. :-)

  2. Oooh so pretty! x


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