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Polka Dot Nails

Published April 30, 2013 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone, I’ve got a really easy one for you today. You’ll need a base colour, one or two colours for the dots, and something to apply the dots with. If you don’t have a dotting tool then a dry ball point pen is perfect. Here I used Rimmel’s Misty Jade as my base colour and for the dots I used Collection 2000’s French White and Barry M’s Prickly Pear. I also used Rimmel’s Matte top coat, but an ordinary top coat looks great too, I just really wanted to try the matte top coat out.

20130430-160708.jpgHere’s what I used for the design.

20130430-161025.jpgStep 1: apply your base coat and let it dry.

20130430-161139.jpgStep 2: apply two coats of your base colour and let it fully dry before moving on.

20130430-161400.jpgStep 3: dip your dotting tool into one of the colours for your dots. Start off by applying a line of evenly spaced dots up the middle of your nail.

20130430-162149.jpgStep 4: apply another line of dots at alternative intervals on either side of this line. Repeat until your dots reach the outside edges of your nail.

20130430-162836.jpgRepeat steps 3 and 4 on the rest of your nails. The result should look something like this.

20130430-163225.jpgStep 5: (this step is optional) clean your dotting tool and dip it into your second dot colour. Apply dots in between the first ones. This works better if you make the dots smaller than the first ones (you can always use a toothpick).

20130430-163904.jpgStep 6: clean up around your nails, apply your top coat and let it dry.

20130430-164511.jpgHere’s the design in black with white and blue dots. I used Collection 2000’s Liquorice and French White, and Beauty UK’s Blue Moon. I used the matte top coat here too.

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

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Easy Tribal/Aztec Nails

Published April 11, 2013 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. Another easy design that looks not so easy. You’ll need a few bright colours of your choice, a fine nail art brush and a black Sharpie pen. Make sure it’s a fine tip pen, and when using the Sharpie never apply it to bare nails! The polishes I used are Beauty UK’s Yellow, Blue Moon and Lilac, Rimmel’s Misty Jade and Nails Inc’s OMP.

20130411-110717.jpgHere’s everything I used for this design.

20130411-110806.jpgStep 1: apply your base coat and let it dry.

20130411-110851.jpgStep 2: pick one of your colours and apply two coats over all your nails. Let this fully dry.

20130411-111803.jpgStep 3: using your nail art brush and the rest of your polishes, paint on some vertical and horizontal stripes/blocks of colour over your nails. Let all the polish fully dry for an hour or two before using the Sharpie to avoid denting or dragging your polish.

20130411-113106.jpgStep 4: use the Sharpie to outline the different colours. Add some extra vertical and horizontal lines and then some dots, stripes and zig-zags in between. Let the ink dry for about 15 minutes.

20130411-115909.jpgStep 5: clean up around your nails, apply your top coat and allow it to dry.

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

Tiger Print Nails

Published April 9, 2013 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. I’ve got another easy animal print design for you. You’ll need a white polish, orange polish, a black striper and a makeup sponge. Here I’ve used Collection 2000’s French White and Nails Inc’s Atomic. Enjoy!

20130409-123246.jpgHere’s what I used for this design.

20130409-124001.jpgStep 1: apply your base coat and let it dry.

20130409-124115.jpgStep 2: apply two coats of your white polish and let if fully dry.

20130409-124514.jpgStep 3: instead of using the whole sponge, cut a small wedge out of it. Apply your orange polish to the sponge and dab off the excess.

20130409-124729.jpgStep 4: sponge the orange polish over two thirds of each nail. You can make all your nails the same if you like, but I’ve made all mine different.

20130409-125317.jpgStep 5: use your striper to paint on your tiger stripes, just like painting on zebra stripes. Let these fully dry before applying top coat to avoid smudges.

20130409-125713.jpgStep 6: 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.