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Distressed Denim Nails

Published April 20, 2014 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. I’ve got an easy design that’s quick and looks great in the sun. It was originally inspired by a distressed design by @chalkboardnails that was done in pink, blue and black on a white base. You can see her tutorial at http://www.chalkboardnails.com.

20140420-230049.jpgAll you’ll need for this design is a white for your base colour, a light blue and a dark blue. I used Technic’s Gardenia, Bourjois’s Adora-bleu and Technic’s Deep Sea. I also added some medium and small round, gold studs from Born Pretty Store at the base of my nails. If you don’t have any studs you can add some chunky gold glitter in a half moon or some dots with gold polish.

20140420-232547.jpgHere’s everything I used for this design.

20140420-232636.jpgStep 1: After your base coat dries, apply two thin coats of your white polish and allow it to fully dry.

20140420-232754.jpgStep 2: Open your light blue polish and wipe most of the polish off the brush. Paint your nails with the dry brush.

20140420-234354.jpgStep 3: Repeat Step 2 with your dark blue polish.

20140420-234439.jpgStep 4: Apply your studs using a little top coat. Alternatively use chunky glitter or dots of gold polish (this step is optional).

20140420-234618.jpgStep 5: clean up around your nails, apply your topcoat and your done.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, thanks for looking, Kirsteen.

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Easy Fadeout French Manicure

Published April 11, 2014 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. I like a good French manicure, but it always takes me forever and I can never get the white straight. So this is my alternative. It’s easy to get straight, quick to do and all you need is your normal base coat and topcoat, a white (or off-white) and a makeup sponge. To make this design look great make sure to shape and buff your nails and tidy up your cuticles before starting. Unlike a normal French manicure, this versions works great even if your nails art short.

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It’s a simple design that can be mixed up too. You can swap the white for nude for a more subtle look or a bright pastel for the summer. You can add a a layer of fine glitter before your topcoat or a few gem to add some sparkle for a night out. Here I used Rimmel’s Nail Nurse base coat, MUA’s Nude and Save The Nail 45 Second Top Coat.

20140411-113918.jpgHere’s everything I used for this design.

20140411-113953.jpgStep 1: After filing and buffing your nails, and pushing your cuticles back, apply your base coat and let it dry.

20140411-114113.jpgStep 2: Paint your white onto your makeup sponge and dab off the excess. Dab it over the white of your nails then a little lower, about a quarter of the way down (less if your nails are shorter).

20140411-114325.jpgStep 3: Dab a second layer of white onto your nails, but not as far down as the first.

20140411-114515.jpgIf needed, dab a third layer just along the tips of your nails to make it totally opaque.

20140411-114609.jpgStep 4: Clean up around your nails and apply your topcoat. Wait 5 minutes then apply a second layer of top coat for a glassy effect.

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, thanks for looking, Kirsteen.

Sunflower Nails

Published April 4, 2014 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. Today’s design is for the start of spring and is inspired by Nailstorming. She recently created a gorgeous sunflower design and done an Instagram tutorial video to show how to recreate it. You can find her on Instagram @nailstorming and on her blog at http://nailstorming.wordpress.com.

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To create this design you’ll need a light blue polish for your base colour, a yellow and an orange polish for the sunflower petals, a brown or bronze for the flower’s centre, and a thin nail art brush. If you don’t have a nail art brush you can draw the petals by lightly dragging the polish with a toothpick.

20140404-211030.jpgI used Bourjois’s Adora-bleu for my base colour, Beauty UK’s Yellow and Girl Gone Wild for the petals and a bronze polish from Tesco (no name) for the flower’s centre. My nail art brush is from Born Pretty Store.

20140404-211520.jpgStep 1: Once your base coat dries, apply two coats of your base colour and let it dry.

20140404-211643.jpgStep 2: Dip your nail art brush (or toothpick) into the yellow polish and paint a ‘+’ on your nail.

20140404-211842.jpgStep 3: Paint an ‘X’ over the cross using the yellow polish.

20140404-212011.jpgAdd one or two more flowers depending on the length of your nails.

20140404-212116.jpgStep 4: Clean your brush and dip it in the orange polish. Paint orange petals in between each yellow one.

20140404-212253.jpgStep 5: To create the flower’s centre, use the brush that comes with your brown/bronze polish. Wipe off the excess and dab it in the middle of each flower until it’s opaque.

20140404-212522.jpgStep 6: Clean up around your nails, apply your topcoat and your done!

I hope you enjoyed this tutorial, thanks for looking, Kirsteen.