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Gradient Polka Dot Nails

Published May 28, 2013 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone, here’s a quickie for you. I got the idea from a gorgeous design I seem on WAHnails’s Instagram. For it you’ll need a bright or dark base colour, white polish for your dots and 5 different sized dotting tools. If you don’t have dotting tools you can use the head of a sewing pin, a kirby grip/bobby pin, a dry ball point pen and a toothpick. For my base coat I used Essie’s Butler Please, and for my dots I used Collection 2000’s French White.

20130528-215940.jpgHere’s everything I used for this design.

20130528-220035.jpgand here’s a closer look at the different sized dotting tools I used.

20130528-220145.jpgStep 1: after your base coat dries, apply two coats of your base colour and let it fully dry.

20130528-220318.jpgStep 2: apply your dots, starting with the largest dots. Start in the middle of your nails and work your way out. The pictures below show the dots building up.

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20130528-220942.jpgI’ve applied 5 rows of dots, but you can apply less or more depending on the length of your nails. Let your dots fully dry once you’ve finished them.

20130528-221209.jpgStep 3: clean up around the edges of your nails, apply your topcoat and let it dry.

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

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MUA Polish & Barry M Nail Art Pen Review

Published May 27, 2013 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone, sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I’ll have a couple of tutorials for you by the end of the week, so today I thought I’d post a review of some products I’ve bought recently. First was one of the new Barry M nail art pens. So far the pens come in black, white, silver and pink and cost £4.99. I bought the black one. My second purchase was two of MUA’s new nail polishes. They have a range of 18 currently showing on their website which only cost £1 each. I bought them in Ameretto Crush and Lush Lilac.

20130527-165711.jpgHere’s what they look like. Ameretto Crush is on the left and Lush Lilac is on the right.

20130527-170536.jpgThis is the two polishes applied together as a gradient. They are definitely worth investing in. The brushes aren’t too big and are flat at the edge, which I prefer. When painting on you get full coverage after two coats and they last really well with a good topcoat. In the picture above I did have to apply 3 coats, probably because I sponged it on and didn’t use a base colour.

20130527-171059.jpgNow onto the nail art pen. At £4.99 it’s not exactly cheap, but it’s cheaper than a lot of other brands. I decided just to buy one to try them out. I’d recommend getting the black one first to see if you like it, as you’ll use black more than any other colour. Overall the pens are quite good, although I did think the lines are a bit thin. I used it to apply zebra print over my gradient. Unlike the Sally Hansen pens I’ve tried, I liked the fact that these pens flow well and the ink/polish doesn’t separate when it dries. A good purchase for beginners.

20130527-174725.jpgHere’s the design I created with the pens. As you can see the lines are quite thin, but the ink dries quickly so you can go over them again if you want. I’m definitely going to buy a lot more (all of) of the MUA polishes and the white nail art pen. I hope you give them a try.

Thanks for looking, Kirsteen.

Summer Sky Nails

Published May 10, 2013 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. I was planning a French manicure design for this week but I’ve had to cut my nails as a couple broke. So instead I’ve done a summer inspired design…slightly making up for the lack of summer we’ve had recently. For this you’ll need a sky blue, a white and a yellow polish, a thin nail art brush and a large dotting tool. If you don’t have any nail art brushes or dotting tools you can use a toothpick and a dry ball point pen or kirby grips. I’ve used Beauty UK’s Blue Moon and Yellow and Collection 2000’s French White.

20130510-171139.jpgHere’s everything I used for the design.

20130510-171827.jpgStep 1: after your base coat dries apply two coats of blue and let it fully dry.

20130510-172533.jpgStep 2: paint your clouds – dip your dotting tool into the white polish, paint on four dots so it resembles a plus/cross. Use the dotting to fill in the middle so it looks like a cloud.

20130510-173407.jpgRepeat this for each nail, except your middle fingers, adding in some clouds going off the edges of your nails.

20130510-173552.jpgStep 3: paint the sun on your middle nails – dip your striper brush (or toothpick) into the yellow polish and paint a curved line diagonally up your nail, fill in (you can use the brush from the bottle), then paint some thin lines.

20130510-174452.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.

Oil Slick Nails

Published May 5, 2013 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone, I have an easy to do design that looks really good. I’ve seen it a lot online and had to try it. For this design you’ll need around 3 metallic polishes, a light coloured or clear shimmer polish and a fine nail art brush. If you don’t have a nail art brush you can use an old or cheap lip brush. The polishes you choose should be blues, purples, golds or silver, anything that looks ‘oil coloured’. Here I’ve used Technic’s Turkish Sea, Nails Inc’s St Mark’s Square and Boltons Place and Models Own’s Indian Ocean. Also, before you start it’s a good idea to have all your bottles open and to do steps 2 and 3 one nail at a time.

20130505-123118.jpgHere’s what I used for the design.

20130505-124636.jpgStep 1: apply your base coat and let it dry.

20130505-124842.jpgStep 2: going from dark to light, drip some of each polish onto your nail, making sure your shimmer polish is the last on.

20130505-125123.jpgStep 3: using your small brush, gently swirl the polishes around just until your whole nail is covered, don’t mix the polishes together. You still want to be able to make out the individual colours.

20130505-125410.jpgRepeat steps 2 and 3 for each nail and then let them fully dry.

20130505-125555.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.