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Previous Designs In Different Colours

Published February 28, 2013 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. No tutorial today as I’ve been trying out some new polishes I got, so I thought I’d share some previous designs I’ve done in different colours.

20130228-192818.jpgMetallic Leopard Print in green. I used Accessorize’s Mermaid and Technic’s Siona Island.

20130304-170709.jpgEasy Marble Design. I used Beauty UK’s Jade and Soft Pink.

20130304-171243.jpgGradient Glitter Design. Here I used Beauty UK’s Sage Green and Soft Pink. I wasn’t sure about this mix of colours and nail confetti.

20130304-171837.jpgFrench Manicure (without leopard print). I used Beauty UK’s Jade as the base colour and Collection 2000’s French White for the tips. Instead of adding leopard print I used a silver striper along the tips and added nail gems.

20130304-172218.jpgGradient Glitter Design. Here I used Nails Inc’s Boltons Place and St Mark’s Square. Instead of applying a fine glitter over all the nails I just applied top coat and used Nails Inc’s Fitzroy Square on my ring finger as an accent nail.

20130304-173048.jpgGlitter Gradient. Here I used Nails Inc’s Blenheim Terrace as my base colour and the glitter is Technic’s Lustre.

Hope you enjoyed seeing these designs again. Kirsteen.

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Multi-Coloured Polka Dot Design

Published February 23, 2013 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. Off out tonight so thought I’d share the nail art I’ve done for it. You can use any colour you like for this and it’s really quick. You’ll need a base colour, three bright colours for your dots, and two dotting tools: one large and one medium. Here I used Collection 2000’s Liquorice for my base, Technic’s Amethyst and Nails Inc’s St James for my large dots, Nails Inc’s Atomic for my smaller dots, and for my dotting tools I used the end of an eyeshadow brush and a dry ball point pen. I choose these colours to match my outfit for tonight. Enjoy!

20130223-160715.jpgHere’s everything I used for this design.

20130223-160802.jpgStep 1: apply your base coat and let it dry.

20130223-161006.jpgStep 2: apply two coats of your base colour and let it fully dry.

20130223-161109.jpgStep 3: dip your larger dotting in your 1st bright colour and apply dots to the tips and outside edges of your nails.

20130223-161307.jpgStep 4: clean your large dotting tool, dip it into your 2nd bright colour and apply dots over the 1st ones. The second lot of dots should overlap the 1st ones but not cover them up.

20130223-161735.jpgStep 5: dip your medium dotting into your 3rd colour and apply dots over the 1st and 2nd ones. Again, they should overlap but not cover up the other dots.

20130223-162600.jpgStep 6: clean up around your nails, apply your top coat and let it dry.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, thanks for looking, Kirsteen.

Vintage Rose Design

Published February 18, 2013 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. I love all the vintage inspired flower prints that are out for spring/summer this year, so I thought I’d try some vintage roses on my nails. To create the design you’ll need a pastel colour of your choice for the base, a colour for the roses/flowers, a lighter colour of this for the highlights. a green for the leaves and a toothpick. I’ve used Essie’s Sew Psyched for my base, Nails Inc’s St James for the roses, a pink Rio nail pen for the highlights, and Technic’s Sea Foam for the leaves. Enjoy!

20130218-130912.jpgHere’s what I used for this design.

20130218-131120.jpgStep 1: apply your base coat and let it dry.

20130218-131458.jpgStep 2: apply two coats of your base colour and let it fully dry.

20130218-153604.jpgStep 3: to create the roses, clean the excess polish off the brush and use it to make rough spots on your nails. Do this by dabbing the end of the brush on your nail where you want the roses to be.

20130218-134846.jpgStep 4: dip your toothpick into your green polish and use this to paint on one or two small leaves around each rose.

20130218-135705.jpgStep 5: clean the toothpick and dip it into your lighter flower shade. Paint on small ‘c’ shapes on the edge and inside of the rose to give the impression of petals. Allow your flowers to dry.

20130218-152716.jpgStep 6: clean up around the edge of your nails, apply your top coat and let it dry.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, thanks for looking, Kirsteen.

Kids Daisy Nail Design

Published February 16, 2013 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. Here’s a cute and quick design for little nails. You’ll need a base colour, a green, yellow and white for the daisy, and a toothpick. I used a red as the base colour here, it doesn’t have a name although it came in a Hello Kitty gift set from M&S that my daughter got for Christmas. For the daisy I used a white nail art pen (one of a two pack from Primark), a green Rio nail art pen, and a toothpick dipped in Beauty UK’s Yellow. If you don’t have nail art pens in the colours you need, you can create the whole daisy using a toothpick.

20130216-205444.jpgHere’s what I used for this design.

20130216-205625.jpgStep 1: apply a base coat and let it dry.

20130216-205829.jpgStep 2: apply two coats of your base colour and let it fully dry.

20130216-210057.jpgStep 3: using your nail pen, or toothpick, create five small dots in a small circle on each nail and let them dry.

20130216-210454.jpgStep 4: using the green polish, draw stems and tiny leaves. Don’t worry if they’re not all the same.

20130216-210858.jpgStep 5: using the yellow polish, put a yellow dot in the middle of each daisy. Let the design dry.

20130216-211017.jpgStep 6: clean up around the nails, apply a top coat and let it fully dry.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, thanks for looking, Kirsteen.

Plaid Nail Design

Published February 16, 2013 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. I found a great bargain in Primark yesterday, a pack of two nail art pens with nail gems for ¬£2. So I thought this design would be a great way to try them out. I bought the pack with black and white pens, which come with silver and pink gems. The pens also unscrew to give you a striper brush. They do a pack with bright orange and pink too, definitely a good buy. For this design you’ll need a bright colour of your choice for your base colour, black and white stripers and a striper in a bright colour of your choice (different from your base colour). I used Beauty UK’s Girl Gone Wild for my base colour and a Rio nail art pen in bright pink. Tip: let each set of lines dry before applying the next to avoid the polishes smudging or bleeding into each other.

20130216-121626.jpgHere’s what I used for this design.

20130216-121752.jpgStep 1: apply your base coat and let it dry.

20130216-121920.jpgStep 2: apply two coats of your base colour and let if fully dry.

20130216-122058.jpgStep 3: using your black striper, paint two vertical lines a quarter of the way in on each side and two horizontal lines a quarter of the way in at the top and bottom of your nails.

20130216-122536.jpgStep 4: using your white striper, paint white lines against the left of your vertical black lines and the bottom of the horizontal ones.

20130216-122824.jpgStep 5: using your coloured striper, paint two vertical lines on the right side of the black lines. They shouldn’t touch the black and white lines. Next paint one line horizontally across your nails, again not touching the black or white lines.

20130216-123916.jpgStep 6: clean up around your nails, apply your top coat and your done!

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, thanks for looking, Kirsteen.

Glitter Gradient Design

Published February 12, 2013 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. I’ve got a really quick and easy design for you today, and since it’s nearly Valentine’s day I’ve used pink and red. This design looks great and its perfect for a night out. I love how eaay gradient/ombr√© nails are and this is even easier the normal design. For it you’ll need a coloured polish and a glitter polish of your choice. I used Nails Inc’s St James and Barry M’s Rose Quartz Glitter. Enjoy!

20130212-222717.jpgHere’s what I used for this design.

20130212-222829.jpgStep 1: apply your base coat and let it dry.

20130212-223151.jpgStep 2: apply two coats of your coloured polish and let it fully dry.

20130212-223321.jpgStep 3: apply a coat of your glitter polish to the top half of your nail. While it’s wet, wipe the excess off the brush and use it to drag some of the glitter down toward the base of your nail.

20130212-223726.jpgStep 4: apply a second coat of glitter just to the top part of your nail – where you’d paint a French tip. Let the glitter polish dry.

20130212-223929.jpgStep 5: clean up around the edges of your nails, apply your top coat and let it dry.

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, thanks for looking, Kirsteen. Happy Valentine’s Day!

Glitter French Manicure

Published February 6, 2013 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. I thought I’d try out a couple of new glitter polishes I got on a French manicure. For this you’ll need a pink French polish, a colour of your choice and matching glitter polish. If you prefer, you can use nail tapes when applying your French tips. Here I’ve used Collection 2000’s French Pink, a light blue Rio nail art polish for my French tips, and the two glitters are Technic’s Bonanza and Mermaid.

20130206-211126.jpgHere’s what I used for this design.

20130206-211313.jpgStep 1: apply your base coat and let it dry.

20130206-211628.jpgStep 2: apply one coat of your French pink and let it fully dry.

20130206-211811.jpgStep 3: paint on French tips using your coloured polish. I painted the whole nail on my ring finger, but that’s optional. Let the coloured polish dry.

20130206-212125.jpgStep 4: apply your glitter polish over your coloured polish and let it dry.

20130206-212333.jpgIf your using more than one glitter polish, let each layer dry before applying the next one.

20130206-212534.jpgStep 5: once your glitter is dry, clean up around your nails, apply your top coat and let it dry. Easy!

Hope you enjoyed this tutorial, thanks for looking, Kirsteen.