Floral print is ALWAYS in—so why not decorate your nails with it? This easy tutorial will have your claws looking as sweet as vintage wallpaper, or a little bit like the goddess Betsey Johnson’s famous rose print. All you need is a steady hand and a good soundtrack. You know I won’t leave you hangin’ when it comes to properly themed tuneage! How about…“Kiss From a Rose” by Seal, followed by Lynn Anderson’s old school “Rose Garden”? Do you hate me yet? OK, let’s get to work!

What you’ll need:


  • A clear base coat. Mine is Seche Clear Crystal Clear Base Coat.
  • A clear top coat. I used HK Girl by Glisten and Glow.
  • A base color. I picked Blossom Dandy by Essie.
  • A light pink polish. Mine is Perf by Floss Gloss.
  • A darker shade of pink polish. I’m into Whip It by Deborah Lippmann.
  • A green nail polish. I used Sassy by Revlon.
  • A small nail-art brush like one of these. (You’ll be using three colors with your nail-art brush, so if you have three brushes lying around—grab ’em.)
  • A paper plate
  • Nail polish remover, preferably a non-acetone type because it’s less harsh on nails
  • Cotton swabs or a nail-art brush for cleaning up mistakes

How to do it:

Step One:


Paint your nails with your clear base coat, then with your background color.

Step Two:


Now you’re gonna paint your roses, using your light pink polish! If the brush that comes with the polish isn’t too clunky, you can use that to draw imperfect filled-in circles on each nail. Otherwise, do what I did and pour out a bit of polish onto a paper plate, dip your nail-art brush in it, and proceed to draw. I was able to fit three roses on my thumbs and two on each of my other nails.

Step Three:


Pour a bit of your green polish onto the paper plate. If you don’t have more than one nail-art brush, clean the one you used to paint your roses with some polish remover and a paper towel. Then dip your brush into the green polish and gently draw leaves on all of your roses by making thin strokes that start from the roses’ outer edges.

Step Four:


Now you’re gonna add some definition to your roses! Pour a drop of the darker pink polish on your plate. Again, using an unused brush (or the same brush, cleaned with polish remover), carefully draw strokes along the perimeter of each rose and a small stroke in the center, like in the photo above. Repeat on all roses/nails.

Step Five:


Let your nails dry for a couple minutes before applying your clear top coat. Clean up any messes with a nail-art brush or a cotton swab dipped in polish remover.

Awwwww, look at all those adorable roses! ♦