Nail Art - Red Roses on Black

I RSVP'ed to an event earlier this week and the attire states Black and Red Cocktail. Now, most ladies I know would worry about what to wear. I, on the other hand, was worried on how I would wear my nails! *giggles* I knew that I only wanted red and black on my nails. I also wanted a nail design that would look classy and elegant. After a few ideas, I decided on roses. You can never go wrong with roses, right?

This was how it turned out:

Red Roses on Black Nail Art Design
Red Roses on Black Nail Art Design by Simpy Rins


I instinctively added leaves after painting the first rose but I changed my mind and erased it. I wanted to stick to the idea of just painting my nails in black and red.

Before I decided on the background color, I figured I needed to decide on my dress first. I seldom get to wear dresses since my work is at home. So whenever I get a chance, I like to feel like a girl and dress up. The evening cocktail party was perfect for my lil' red dress. Keeping that in mind, I figured a black base color would create a good contrast for the outfit.

Red Roses on Black Nail Art Design


I chose Orly Liquid Vinyl in 2 coats as my base color. Application was a bit tricky, especially for the first coating. But it finished great after the second.

I hand painted the roses using a detailing nail art brush and acrylic paints. Since I was working on a very dark background, I made sure my red color was bright enough to be seen.

Here's a photo of my nails with the cloth of my dress as background:

Red Roses on Black Nail Art Design


I think the black base color was a good complement for the color of the dress. However, it wasn't that attractive when I attended the event because it was held in a club wherein lights were at a minimum. I forgot to take that into account. But come to think of it, unless I was wearing glow in the dark or white polish, I don't think my nails would receive any sort of spotlight for the evening. But then again, the only person I needed to impress with my nail art was myself and I was really happy with them.

Red Roses on Black Nail Art Design


I painted only one rose per nail and added a few random red dots. Although, I think having only the roses would work too, making it look more formal.

Here's a glimpse of the venue, decorated with black and red balloons:

Red Roses on Black Nail Art Design


And here's the only decent picture I have of how I looked during the event:

Red Roses on Black Nail Art Design
cocktail dress by Kirei, bought a year ago at Landmark
black open toe strappy heels by Charles and Keith


My apologies for the background. I found a really big mirror inside the ladies room and since the lighting was better there, I figured it was my only chance to get a photo of my outfit and I'd really like to include one here with this nail art post.

Red Roses on Black Nail Art Design


I hope you didn't mind that there are more than the usual number of photos in this blog post. I couldn't resist not sharing all of them. I also hope you liked my Red Roses on Black nail art design. This would probably look lovely too for Valentine's. Well, it is still the month of love and I'll take this nail design as a way of making up to myself for wearing my nails bare on Valentine's day.

What do you think? Was I able to come up with something classy and elegant?

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31 comments:

  1. You look very pretty Rina and I really like the mani. It compliments the whole theme of the party perfectly :)

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  2. Yes, you look really pretty, and you are so right, roses are always so lovely on nails, great color combo!

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  3. Hey Rina,

    I think the choice of background polish was just spot on. And I love the the design as usual!!!!

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  4. Wow Rina, your design is Stunning!!!

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  5. your nails are amazing, to me one of the best mani you did :-D
    and you... you're gorgeous, love your dress, your shoes, the smile you're wearing... :-D

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  6. Your nails look fabulous. ♥ And so do you!

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  7. Superb! Really goes well with your dress too!

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  8. They turned out really pretty, I quite like them with no leaves, glad you decided to leave them out.

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  9. Great roses! Love this Lolita design! Absolutely gorgeous!

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  10. Gorgeous! Sophisticated and beautiful. :)

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  11. Those are so pretty Rins! They're elegant with an attitude! Love them!

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  12. @Nail Stories
    Thanks! I definitely enjoyed coming up with nail designs that is themed or whenever I want to match it to an outfit. :)

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  13. @Marias Nail Polish Blog
    I'm glad you thought so too. I think roses are classic. I'm not particularly fond of the flower but they certainly look great on nails. ;)

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  14. @EllaLan
    I think the black background was perfect too. I also think a very dark red can work as well.

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  15. @Carolina Garcia
    Wow, thank you. Your comment stunned me. I'm happy you liked this. :)

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  16. @nail crazy
    You always have nice things to say about my nail art. Thank you. And thank you also for complimenting my look during that evening. :)

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  17. @AmyGrace
    Aww, I think my nails stole my thunder. :P

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  18. @thepolishwell
    I guess this means I used the right colors for this roses inspired design. :)

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  19. @Anita
    Glad you agree with me that it looks better without the leaves. :) I think they look classier that way.

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  20. @Anastacia
    Thank you. I am not familiar with a Lolita design. I'll have to look that up.

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  21. @TopCoatIt
    If only I could have done it with glow in the dark polish. That would probably gave the nail design more attitude. I can imagine how much I would have had whenever the spotlight hits my nails. Maybe next time. :)

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  22. Do you have a video on this? I want to try drawing them. I love this design and your lovely outfit and lovely smile

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  23. u look soo sweet! nice mani!

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  24. They're lovely. Are those stamps? but I think you freehanded them. please correct me. :)

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  25. I ♥ this manicure! So cute!

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