Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Roses are Red Manicure ft Born Pretty Roses

This is my offering for Valentine's Day in the form of a sexy set of nails. It's grown up but still fun with all the decoration. These nails make me think of fishnets, thigh highs stockings with garters, corsets and other sassy lingerie.

I received these beautiful roses from Born Pretty Store and wanted to create a manicure around them. I added some elliptical rhinestones also from Born Pretty Store which doubled as petals for this look and are a lovely way to add glitz while changing it up from the standard shape. The hex glitter on the thumb accent nail was placed by hand (I may do a tutorial on this method some time) and it makes for a polka dot effect that is in playful contrast to the stripes.

It's easy enough to create the stripes with a decent striping brush and if you make a mistake just go over the edge with the other colour to neaten up the line. I used nail polish but acrylic paint would be easier cause it wouldn't dry in the brush and make it hard to finish the look.

I really love this manicure and would totally do this again. I will have a little review on the roses from the Born Pretty store coming soon about how they wear and other info about them.

I totally recommend the Born Pretty Store embellishments and suggest you check them out here! And to save on pretty things for your fingers, I have a code for 10% off at Born Pretty, so just type in "MIHW10" at checkout on any order!


  1. Apply Base coat and growth stimulater to protect your nails and keep them healthy.
  2. Apply 2 coats of metallic red polish over all your nails except the thumb accent nail.
  3. Apply 2 coats of black polish over thumb accent nail.
  4. Use a striping brush to apply black polish in vertical stripes over all nails except accent nails.
  5. Apply a layer of top coat to thumb accent nail and place red hex glitter in a polka dot pattern across the nail with a tooth pick or dotting tool.
  6. Apply a fast drying top coat over all nails.
  7. Apply tiny dots of nail glue along cuticle of ring finger accent nail and apply red and black elliptic rhinestones.
  8. Apply small dots of nail glue to adhere Born Pretty Red metallic roses to the cuticle of all nails.
  9. Done!
Products Used

Base coat
Qtica Natural Nail Growth Stimulator
Zoya Anchor base coat

First layer
Zoya Carrie Ann (2 coats)

Second layer (Stripes)
Glitter Gal Serpent Black

Accent nail (ring finger)
Zoya Carrie Ann (2 coats)
Red & Black Elliptic Shape Rhinestones 12 colours from Born Pretty Store
Red rose 3D Flower Nail Decoration #12 from Born Pretty Store

Accent nail (thumb)
Glitter Gal Serpent Black (2 coats)
Red Nail Art Hexagonal Glitter Powder Sheets set of 12 from Born Pretty Store

Top coat
Seche Vite dry fast top coat

Striping brush from Born Pretty

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