As usual, I protected my nails with a clear base coat. After using a clear base coat for months, I can honestly say that a base coat really helps polish last longer. I then applied a thin coat of Raven to the free edge of each nail to seal the edges and administered two, thin coats of Raven to each nail. After each hand dried, I used my largest dotting tool to add uneven dots with Recycle in different sizes to each nail in a random pattern. When the dots dried, I used a small nail art brush to apply the detail lines of the roses in White On and Skull and Glossbones. Using the same brush, I added leaves with Recycle.
The design looks fine as it was but I wanted to add just a bit of color to break the monochromatic theme with these nails. To bring out the leaves, I applied some Call You Later glitter and Ivanka to each leaf. To highlight the roses, I added Kaleidoscope glitter to each rose. I finished with a fast drying top coat and now my nails have an antique, almost gothic quality with this design.
Below is my current base coat product. It's triple threat being a base coat, top coat, and strengthener in one. I tend to use Julep's Fast Drying Top Coat as my top coat because I think it helps my polish set and dry faster. I had to switch products because my base coat kept peeling and chipping when I used Double Duty and Hard as Wraps for base coats. Pro FX is easily found at any Walmart beauty section and I recall I only spent about $5 for this large, 2.5 oz. bottle. Try it out and I doubt you'd be disappointed!