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Vintage Rose Sampler – Floral Nail Art for Spring

Vintage Rose Sampler Yellow

I’m not normally a fan of flower patterns or probably even ANY flowers on fabrics – but when it comes to nails I seem to break even my own rules. I now LOVE flower patterns and I am so glad that I gave this look a try. Sometimes when I get the urge to try a new look I feel a bit shaky about it – this was one of those manicures. When that happens I always turn to trusty YouTube since I am a visual learner.

There were a couple of techniques I found that I wanted to try. The “swirl” technique seemed like it would be the easiest and fastest. It is super fast, but my first try (yellow index finger) didn’t go so well. I learned that you shouldn’t swirl semi-dry polish, ever. It makes the polish stringy, it doesn’t mix well anymore, and it tends to “dent” more than mix. The mistake I made was trying to do the base for each flower all at once on each nail, then coming back and mixing the lighter color. This created a semi-dry base and when I attempted to swirl the lighter color it just didn’t work out so well.

Vintage Rose Sampler Yellow Side

I personally prefer the spread out flower patterns, but I like both. When you spread the flowers out more you get to see more of the base color – so I guess, it’s all preference. I like the brush and swirl techniques appealing – they both look really different, but both are neat! All in all I tried:

  • Index Finger – Large, spread out pattern “swirl” technique flowers
  • Middle Finger – Large, spread out pattern flowers using a small brush
  • Ring Finger – Large, close together pattern flowers using a small brush
  • Pinky – Tiny, spread out pattern flowers using a tiny brush

My second attempt at the swirl technique is this pastel version. I did a full hand of the swirl technique which I think turned out much better. The difference is I did each individual flower one at a time – I put the drops of paint side by side and then immediately swirled them together. For a tutorial see the inspiration videos listed below. Such a cool effect! Now I just need smaller brushes to try the brush technique again…

Vintage Rose Pastel Swirls

Inspired by:

Vintage Rose Floral Nail Art – Get The Look

For the main yellow look I used:

  • Sally Hansen – Mellow Yellow (xtreme wear)
  • Wet n Wild – Ticked Pink (wild shine)
  • Wet n Wild – Lavender Creme (wild shine)
  • Maybelline – Green with Envy
  • Seche Vite – Dry Fast Top Coat
  • Bundle Monster – Tiny and large dotting tools
  • No Brand – Thin, small detailing brush (size #00)

For the secondary, pastel floral skittle manicure I used:

  • Sally Hansen – Mellow Yellow (xtreme wear)
  • Wet n Wild – Ticked Pink (wild shine)
  • Maybelline – Green with Envy
  • Bella Acrylic Paint – Bright White
  • Bella Acrylic Paint – Hyacinth
  • Bella Acrylic Paint – Dynasty
  • Bella Acrylic Paint – Bluebird
  • Bella Acrylic Paint – Royal Blue
  • Seche Vite – Dry Fast Top Coat
  • Bundle Monster – Large dotting tool
  • Toothpick

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