nail design tutorials

Mini Roses | Nailing It

Mini Roses were one of the first styles of nail art that ever I learned.  This design is way easier than it looks and is sure to attract lots of attention.  I love how the rose pattern looks like old, floral wallpaper, while simultaneously feeling modern and fresh.


1) Base Coat

2) Top Coat

3) White Nail Polish

4) Red Nail Polish

5) Pink Paint

6) Green Paint

7) Medium Sized Dotting Tool (or the end of a paint brush)

8) Small Paint Brush


1) Begin with a base coat on all of your nails.

2) Start the design with two coats of white nail polish.

3) Place a medium sized dotting tool into the pink paint.

4) Create a bundle of three small dots together.

5) Continue this pattern across the entire nail.

6) Dip your brush into green paint.

7) On each rose, paint two small leaf shapes outside of the petals.

8) After cleaning off the brush, use it again by dipping it in red polish.

9) Create small curves on the inside of each rose to add more detail.

10) Once dried, finish off with a top coat to seal the design in place.

Ombre | Nailing It

This week’s nail tutorial is another great option for those who aren’t the best artists.  No fancy painting required!  Ombre nails are a super easy way to change up your standard solid-coloured manicure.  I chose to do a soft ombre of pink to white, but you can choose whatever colours you’d like!  Experiment with different colour combinations and see what you like best.


1) Base Coat

2) Top Coat

3) Three Nail Polish Colours (Choose colours that will have a fairly smooth transition of dark to light.  I picked pink, a second lighter shade of pink, and white.)

4) Tape

5) Makeup Sponge


1) Begin with a base coat.

2) Paint your nails with one coat of your lightest nail polish.  In my case, this is white.

3) To prevent mess, tape the area of your finger directly surrounding the nail.

4) At the very tip of your makeup sponge, paint a stripe of your darkest nail colour.

5) Immediately below, paint a stripe of your middle shade.

6) Lastly, paint a stripe of your lightest polish.  Make sure to complete steps 4-6 quickly so that the polish does not dry in the sponge.

7) Carefully, dab the sponge onto your nail to transfer the polish. Try not to shift the sponge location too much.  Some blending is fine, but not all of the colours should mix.

8) Optional: Depending on how opaque you want the effect, repeat steps 4-7 once your first coat dries.

9) Remove the tape and smooth out the ombre look with a final layer of top coat.  Note: Depending on how close to the nail you placed the tape, you may need to clean the area surrounding the nail with a brush and nail polish remover.

Galaxy Print | Nailing It

Worried that you’ll struggle with nail designs because you don’t have the best art skills?  Maybe you don’t feel the most confident with a paint brush?  These Galaxy Nails are perfect for anyone, no matter their artistic level!  To create these nails, you’ll need quite a few materials, but all of these tools are easy to use!


1) Base Coat

2) Top Coat

3) Black Nail Polish

3) Silver Nail Polish

4) Dark Purple Nail Polish

5) Dark Blue Nail Polish

6) Makeup Sponge

7) Tape

8) Medium-Sized Dotting Tool

9) Optional: Glitter Nail Polish


1) Prepare your nails with a base coat.

2) Paint a layer of black polish onto each nail.

3) Tape the area of the finger surrounding the nail to prevent mess.

4) Paint a dot of deep purple polish onto the corner of your makeup sponge.

5) Randomly dab splotches of the polish onto your nail.

6) Repeat steps 4 and 5 with a dark blue polish as well.

7) Remove the tape from around your nail.

8) Take a medium sized dotting tool and dip it into opaque silver polish.

9) Apply a few randomly placed dots onto the nail to represent stars.

10) Optional: Paint a layer of glitter polish (I chose a gold and black glitter) on top of the entire design for extra sparkle.

11) Finalize with a layer of top coat.

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