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Easter Nail Design

Published March 27, 2013 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. It’s only a few days until Easter so I thought Easter egg inspired nail designs would be fun. For it you’ll need a base colour in white, off white or nude; some nail art pens/stripers in bright or pastel colours, and a dotting tool. If you don’t have any nail art pens or a dotting tool, you can use a toothpick to create your designs. I used Essie’s Limo-Scene for my base coat, 5 Rio nail art pens and a small dotting tool.

20130327-233145.jpgHere’s everything I used for this design.

20130327-233340.jpgStep 1: apply a base coat and let it dry.

20130327-233539.jpgStep 2: apply two or three coats of your base colour and let it fully dry.

20130327-233854.jpgStep 3: get creative! Using your nail art pens or toothpick apply dots, stripes, zig-zags and waves. You can make all your nails the same, or not, you choose.

20130327-234307.jpgStep 4: 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.

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WAH Inspired Nails

Published March 26, 2013 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. I’ll have a proper tutorial for you at the end of the week, but today I just wanted to show off some new Essie polishes I bought. Although I just wanted to try out my new polishes I didn’t want it to be boring, so I created different nail art on each nail. This was inspired by all the amazing Mix & Match designs I’ve seen on WAH Nails Instagram. If you use Instagram it’s well worth checking out!

20130326-122332.jpg Here’s what I used. From left to right they are Cocktail Bling, Limo-Scene and In Stitches. For the nail art I used a small dotting tool dipped in these polishes and a couple of Rio nail art pens.

20130326-122748.jpgThis is what the polishes look like on. I applied two coats of each and let them fully dry. The polishes went on nice and smooth, the brushes are flat and wide which made application even better and they dried relatively quickly.

20130326-123418.jpgHere they are with some nail art and top coat applied. I used a black nail art pen and dotting tool dipped in Cocktail Bling for the leopard print on my thumb; a dotting tool dipped in Limo-Scene and In Stitches to create the flowers on my fore finger; for my middle finger I sponged on In Stitches to create a gradient, let it dry then painted on zebra stripes with a black striper; I used a white striper to paint candy stripes on my ring fingers; and lastly I used a dotting tool dipped on Limo-Scene to apply spots on my pinky.

Thanks for looking, Kirsteen.

Rainbow Drop Nail Design

Published March 11, 2013 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. Today’s design is very quick, very easy and it dries quickly too. By the time I’d finished the spots on my last finger the first was dry enough to start the next colour. I just made it up as I went along and it ended up looking like Rainbow Drop sweets (I think it does anyway). All you need is a nude shade for your base colour, around four bright pastel shades for your spots and a medium dotting tool. I used Collection 2000’s French Pink for my base, Beauty UK’s Blue Moon and Soft Pink, Rimmel’s Misty Jade and Barry M’s Textured in Station Road for my spots. For my dotting tool I used the flat end of a toothpick. A dry ball point pen would also work. You can also use more or less colours, just whatever you prefer.

20130311-153447.jpgHere’s what I used to create the design.

20130311-153603.jpgStep 1: apply your base coat and let it dry.

20130311-153744.jpgStep 2: apply one coat of your nude base and let it fully dry.

20130311-153940.jpgStep 3: apply your spots! Start with one colour and spread the spots evenly across your nails.

20130311-154102.jpgDo the same with your second colour…

20130311-154151.jpg…and your third…

20130311-154243.jpg…and your forth. You’ll end up with something like this. You should be able to see little bits of your base colour in between the spots, but not big gaps.

20130311-154535.jpgStep 4: clean up around the edges of your nails, apply your top coat and your done.

Monochrome Nails

Published March 7, 2013 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. A mini tutorial for you today inspired by all the monochrome on the Spring/Summer 13 catwalks. All you need is a white polish and two nails art pens or stripers in black and silver. I’ve used Collection 2000’s French White, a Technic striper in silver and a black nail art pen from Primark. How you do your nails is completely up to you. You can create a different design on each or make them all the same.

20130307-184226.jpgHere’s what I used for this design.

20130307-184313.jpgAfter your base coat dries apply two coats of white and let it fully dry.

20130307-184419.jpgUsing your stripers create the designs of your choice. Here I used the black striper brush to create humbug stripes on my thumbs. My fore finger is half and half done by painting a stripe down the middle of the nails and filling in one side black. Using the flat end of a toothpick I painted black then silver spots fading down my middle nail. On my ring finger I painted a half moon and French tip in black. I kept my pinky simple with a single black stripe down the middle and a silver on each side of it.
Once you’ve created the designs you want, let them fully dry before applying your top coat to avoid smudging.

Thanks for looking, Kirsteen.