How-To: 3-D Roses with Gel for Valentine’s Day

Nail artist Tiara of Gracia Japan shows how to use gel products to create a 3-D rose nail art design that's perfect for Valentine's Day.

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When creating three-dimensional designs—particularly roses—on nails, artists typically reach for acrylic to do the sculpting. But with the development of innovative gel products, similar results can now be achieved with 3-D gels. Nail artist Tiara uses this medium, combined with gel polish and paint, to create a delicate rose on top of a marbled background.

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1. Apply one coat of nude gel polish to a prepped nail, and cure.

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2. Apply a second coat of nude gel polish to the nail. Then mix red-orange gel polish with gel cleanser, and use a brush to create a marble texture, then cure.

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3. Using the edge of a gel brush, add dark brown gel polish to the nail, feathering out the lines to enhance the marble texture. Cure.

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4. Encase the design with a thin layer of sculpture gel, adding gold flakes to the nail before curing. Then apply top gel and cure.

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5. Create a circle at the tip of the nail with dark red gel polish. Cure.

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6. Then, use white 3-D gel to create rose petals. Begin at the outside of the circle and work toward the center.

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7. Create leaves with olive green gel polish around the flower petals.

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8. Use a detail brush to outline the petals and leaves with white gel paint. Cure.

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9. Finish with matte gel top coat over the flower and leaf only.

What do you think of this hand-painted petal tutorial? Let us know in the comments below!

3-d-rose-gel-headshotThis step-by-step was executed by Tiara, educator, Gracia Japan

[Images: As seen in NAILHOLIC; Photos: Taeheon Kwon, Hyuntak Lee; Editor: Sun Hyun]

This article was fist published in the February 2018 of NAILPRO

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