Dry Brush Floral Nails and Tutorial

It’s kind of awesome to go into a mani with a basic design in mind and have it warp into something cooler and more detailed than you intended! That is the case with this mani. I started out just intending to do some random dry brushing, but it ended up looking like flowers on my first nail so I altered my plan and went with that.

This is also one of those designs where you don’t have to be careful or precise – in fact, being a bit messy is advantageous! I started out with putting two coats of Sally Hansen – White On on all of my nails and topped them with a coat of Seche Vite.

Dry brush floral tutorial
Dry brush floral tutorial

Once the base is dry:

1. Using pink and green jelly (or sheer) polishes (I used a green frankenjelly and Sinful Colors – Ablaze), dry brush leaves and petals onto your nails.

2. Go over the same petals with some overlapping with a more opaque orange polish (I used Sally Hansen – Sun Kissed).

3. For the last layer of petals, use an opaque hot pink polish (I used NYC – Pink Promenade Creme) and dry brush the last layer of petals.

4. Use a yellow polish (I used Sally Hansen – Mellow Yellow) create the center of the flower. Use the white base polish to create additional details. I used a dotting tool to create the dots around the middle and dry brushed streaks over each of the petals.

Dry Brush Floral
Dry Brush Floral

Once all of my nails had some time to dry, I topped them with a delicate gold glitter topper, Butter London – Stratford Honey and a coat of Seche Vite. Once the Seche was dry, I added a coat of NYC – Matte Me Crazy Top Coat.

Dry Brush Floral
Dry Brush Floral
Dry Brush Floral
Dry Brush Floral


  • Essie – Grow Stronger Base Coat
  • Sally Hansen – White On
  • Sally Hansen – Sun Kissed
  • Sally Hansen – Mellow Yellow
  • Sinful Colors – Ablaze
  • Frankenjelly – Apple Green
  • Butter London – Stratford Honey
  • Seche Vite – Dry Fast Top Coat
  • NYC – Matte Me Crazy Top Coat

I love these so much! They are bright and perfect for summer, I totally get a happy vibe, just from looking at my nails. I also love that these are a “Go messy or go home” type of design, so it doesn’t take long at all to do. I think I am going to try this again soon, but do different colors on each nail with blues and purples!


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Great tutorial, I really like this, but I guarantee if I had a go it would look a mess x


These are beautiful!! I love how fun they look.


Bookmarked and pinned!! Thanks for the tutorial! This is GORGEOUS

Tiffany ~ PolishandPaws

This is so gorgeous!!!


Absolutely stunning Jen!!! I love your tutorial!

Polished Hippy

Very beautiful, and your instruction diagram is awesome! That sort of things makes it easy for nail art noobs like me!


Thanks for that tutorial. I always been wanting to learn this kind of mani. Now I will try it out and see if it will look great like this one.