Vintage Rose Nails + Tutorial!

Monday, 3 October 2011 - 22 Comments

Today I have a Vintage Rose nail art manicure to share with you and a tutorial as well! When creating my new blog theme I came across a print I really loved, I wanted to use it for my blog but it was too busy as a background and demanded a lot of attention. What I did do with it however was create a nail art tutorial inspired by it and for the occasion I have changed my background into said print. It will only stay for a couple of days, once I have a new blog post up my background will be back to normal. :) (If you’ve visited my blog before and you can’t see the background try deleting your cache)

Here’s what I came up with!



This image is to clarify why I did step 1. I used clear nail tips and I painted them pink first so it would show through on the bottom side. If you have long nails you can simply paint the bottom side of your nails, you should be able to create the same effect.

And if you’d like to recreate this manicure, here is a step-by-step tutorial!


  • Step 1: Paint your nails in a hot pink, I used China Glaze Rich & Famous. Please note: this step should be skipped if you are painting on your natural nails!
  • Step 2: Paint your nails in a light grey, I used Essence Got A Secret.


  • Step 3: I first sponged white acrylic paint over the grey to lighten it and give it a more vintage look, you can skip this. Paint the rough outline of your flowers with a hot pink, I used China Glaze Rich & Famous.
  • Step 4: Add shadow with a darker colour, I used an unnamed polish by Claire’s which is similar to Barry M Bright Purple.


  • Step 5: Add even more shadow. I mixed the previously used purple by Claire’s with a drop of black.
  • Step 6: Draw your stems and leafs with a darker grey. I mixed Essence Got A Secret with Claire’s purple and black.


  • Step 7: Add shadow to the leafs and stems. I used a sheer black by 2B in the colour 30.
  • Step 8: Time for the finishing touches, add a light pink to the heart of the flowers, I used Catrice Just Married mixed with white. Add a topcoat and you are done! I used Essence Nail Art Sealing Top Coat.

The nail art display finger is from Born Pretty Store, you can find it here.

I really hope you liked this tutorial! I received several requests to make a tutorial and I thought flowers would be something most people will like. A tutorial for flowers is quite useful and interesting since there’s many layers and steps you need to do. Please let me know if you try it out and send me your pictures if you do, and don’t forget to attach a link back to me if you post them on your blog or elsewhere! :)

  • I LOVE this!! XOXO

  • mimi

    I love how it matches your current background! lol

    • Mimi, yes it was inspired by it! Read the first paragraph :)

  • caitlin

    so cute! i want to try!!!<3

  • I actually prefer this bg to the other one xD *hides*

    Nails look awesome as usual, the pointed shape looks great on you!

    • No need to hide! I prefer this one as well, I think it's absolutely gorgeous but the problem is it takes away too much attention. I want the focus to be on my pictures and content not on the background. :) And thank you! I'm so glad you think so. Square nails look horrible on me since I have somewhat chubby looking and short fingers so pointed or rounded shapes are the best to elongate them! :) I love it!

  • These are by far THE BEST vintage nails I have seen to date!!!! I saw a much simpler one on another blog and it was easy enough to do, but they did not look as real as these! you have just given me inspiration to try these!


    • Thank you so much! I'm really glad you like them :) If you try them please send me the link or pictures! Would love to see it xoxo

  • Linda

    Wow this is SO very pretty! And thank you for being so kind to lay out the instructions step-by-step. I hope to try this very soon. Beautiful!

    • Thanks! I'm glad you like it (: be sure to send me pictures if you can! Would love to see it.

  • Shawna

    Love the nails! Where did you come across this print it is lovely!

  • Wow … That's amazing ! I really love how you do your flowers, with so much details …

    It sounds easy when you talk of it, but I'm really not good at painting this way :p

    I should try a lot more …

    • Thank you so much! I have a background in art and drawing so that helps a lot but these are very easy with some practice! You definitely do not need to be good at drawing to be able to do these, give them a go I'm sure you will be able to recreate them!!! :) I have no doubts!

  • Ik vind die 'claw' nagels ZO tof hé!

    • Hahah echt waar? Zoveel vinden die eng haha! Ik vind ze vooral handig, wil ook nog graag een volledig plastic hand, kan die dan ook rechtzetten en gebruiken als ringenhouder haha.

  • Lacey

    Ah, I am in love with these! I'm a cosmetology student and nails are my favorite so i will definitely have to try this design on my client sometime!

  • Lyke

    Hey, ik vroeg me af welke nail tips je zou aanraden,, de witte of de clear? superleuke mani btw xxx

    • Dankje Lyke! Heb indertussen geantwoordt op je vraag op m'n facebook pagina (: x

  • Lauren Fossen

    Thanks so much for directing me to this :) its a wonderful tutorial! Thanks! Add my nail page Lauren's Nails on Facebook or Tumblr to show your support. Love your work!

    • Hey Lauren! No worries! I hope it helped you! Let me know if you try it out I'd love to see it! :) I added you Tumblr page to my blogroll xoxo

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