from NAIL UP! September 2011.


Painted Yukata Flower Nails

Flowers with gradiented petals capture the eye! Japanese-style nails that match perfectly with yukatas ❤


Recommended Items

A: Base Gel
B: Aqua Gel
C: White Gel
D: Yellow-Green Gel
E: Rose Gel
F: Deep Rose Gel
G: Purple Gel
H: Khaki Gel
I: Brown Gel
J: Yellow Gel
K: Gold Gel
I: Top Gel


Step-by-step Guide

Step 1: Paint on A, and allow to dry. Paint on a layer of B on the entire nail, allow to dry, then paint a second layer, and allow to dry too. Use C to draw in petal shapes and D to draw in leaf shapes as shown. Allow to dry.

Step 2: Take a bit of E on the tip of a gradient brush and brush along the width of the petal shapes to create a gradient. Allow to dry.

Step 3: With F and G, draw in solid lines along the petals to create the illusion of fluttering petals. For the leaves, use H to create shadows and C to create light, making it appear 3D. Allow to dry.

Step 4: Use I to draw in branches, then I and J to create the centre of the flowers. Use C to draw tiny dots around the flower centre. Allow to dry.

Step 5: With C and K separately, draw in extra ferns and branches of leaves as decoration. Allow to dry.

Step 6: Apply L over the entire nail and allow to dry. Dab off any unhardened gel, and you’re done!



☆ In Step 3, you can use a thin pen to directly draw in the solid lines to create the petal’s folds.
☆ For the leaf shadows, you can also dab green and purple on your gradient brush and use that to draw to create realistic shadows!


Q&A on Painted Nails
from Idei Yumi from ROSE Nail School/Salon

Q: I cannot create good gradients. Is there a technique to it?
A: Take only a small amount of gel on the tip of your gradient brush. If you take too much, you will end up applying gel onto a large area, and you won’t get a nice gradient!

Q: I can’t draw fine details. Do you have any tips?
A: Find a brush with less bristles and use that instead. If you cannot control the movement and pressure of the brush, find a prop for your hand and use that to give you more support.