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Week Of Love Valentine’s Nail Art Challenge: Roses

The theme for today in the Week of Love Valentine’s Nail Art Challenge is roses.

I have mastered what I call “easy” roses, the ones that are done with a dotting tool. So I wanted to try out something a little different. I thought about doing some one-stroke art, but swiftly put that idea back in the “too difficult” pile until I’m feeling braver.

Instead, I was inspired by a video where renowned nail artist Gemma Lambert freehands some roses. You can view the video a little further down.

I didn’t create exactly the same look; Gemma Lambert’s is done on an acrylic nail, with a red/black gradient French tip, whereas my design has a full nail gradient.

First off I created a red to black gradient using Barry M Blood Orange and W7 Black. Then I freehanded the roses using white acrylic paint. Pretty easy once you have something to copy!

Black red gradient white roses
Black and red gradient using Barry M Blood orange and W7 Black, with freehand roses in white acrylic paint

Here’s my inspiration – skip forward to about 5:30 to see her do the roses:


Week of Love Valentine's Nail Art Challenge

Here are the manicures from everyone else that is participating:

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For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Gradient: Barry M Blood Orange and W7 Black
  • Roses: freehanded using white acrylic paint
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri

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WOW. I thought those were water decals or something. They look amazing – I can’t wait to try them! Thanks for linking the video tutorial, too. Great job.


I love this! You did an amazing job freehanding this!

Nail Art Novice

Freehand?? Fab! They look amazing =)

Claire Kerr

I have a secret weapon for freehanding … a “dip pen” that works with acrylic paint! Far easier than a brush!


these are so beautiful, I love the roses 🙂

The Nail Glossary

Oh my these are beautiful! I’m impressed! Love everything about them.