All posts for the month December, 2014

Christmas Tree Nails

Published December 15, 2014 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone, the Christmas nails are here! I’m really happy with how they turned out. The list of what you need and the steps seem a lot, but they didn’t take as long as I thought they would have.

IMG_4484.JPGFor this design you’ll need a pearly red, white, forest/bottle green, a red glitter, multi-coloured glitter, a large and a small dotting tool, masking tape, and a makeup sponge.

IMG_4468.JPGI’ve used White, Sundance, Sea Foam, Carnival and Christmas Cracker (very appropriate), all from Technic.

IMG_4469.JPGStep 1: once your base coat dries, paint your thumb and pinky red and the other three nails white then let them fully dry.

IMG_4471.JPGStep 2: place two strips of masking tape over your middle nail like this.

IMG_4472.JPGStep 3: sponge on your dark green polish and remove the tape straight away.

IMG_4474.JPGStep 4: apply a layer of your multi-coloured glitter over the green (you can put fresh tape on to stop any getting on the white polish).

IMG_4475.JPGStep 5: dip your large dotting tool in your red and place a dot at the top of your tree.

IMG_4485.JPGStep 6: on the other white nails place a few spaced out large, red dots. Use your small dotting tool (or toothpick) and paint a T shape on top of each dot so they look like tree baubles.

IMG_4480.JPGStep 7: apply a layer of your red glitter over your red nails (I also went back and put a little red glitter on my baubles and the dot on top of my tree).

IMG_4484-0.JPGStep 8: once everything is dry clean up around your nails, apply your topcoat and your done!

I really hope you liked this Christmassy design and I’ll have another next week! Thank you for reading.

Kirsteen x


Paw Print Nails

Published December 8, 2014 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. I was planning some Christmas nails this week, but I went with paw prints instead as we got a new puppy at the weekend! I promise there will be Christmas nails next week!

IMG_4435.JPGIt’s a cute, quick, and easy design. All you’ll need is a pale or pastel polish for your base colour, a black polish, a large and a small dotting tool (alternatively use the head of a sewing pin and a dry ball point pen or toothpick).

IMG_4425.JPGI’ve used Bubblegum and Jet Black from Technic.

IMG_4428.JPGStep 1: apply two or three coats of your base colour (until it’s opaque) and let it fully dry.

IMG_4429.JPGStep 2: dip your large dotting tool in your black polish and place a few dots on your nails, making sure they’re well spaced out (I’ve done 3, but you can do more if your nails are longer).

IMG_4430.JPGStep 3: dip your small dotting tool in your black polish and put three dots above each large dot.

IMG_4435-0.JPGStep 4: make sure the black is totally dry to avoid smudging, clean up around your nails, apply your topcoat and your done!

IMG_4413.JPGAnd here’s the wee cutie that inspired this design!

I hope you liked this design, thanks for reading, and don’t forget to check back next week for a Christmas design.

Kirsteen x

Tarnished Copper Nails

Published December 1, 2014 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week’s nails are inspired by the gorgeous colour and texture of tarnished copper.

IMG_4389.JPGI tried it out last week and loved it, so I couldn’t wait to make a tutorial for it. The good news is how easy it is: I’ve done it using the “dry-brush technique”, so there’s no tools needed! All you’ll need is an aqua green polish, a coppery coloured metallic polish, and a black polish.

IMG_4374.JPGI’ve used Technic’s South Pacific, Seashell and Jet Black.

IMG_4381.JPGStep 1: once your base coat is dry, apply two thin coats of your aqua polish and let it fully dry.

IMG_4383.JPGStep 2: open your copper polish, wipe as much of the polish off the brush on the neck of the bottle and then brush it onto your nails.

IMG_4385.JPGStep 3: repeat Step 2 with your black polish (remember to wipe as much polish off the brush as possible).

IMG_4389-0.JPGStep 4: clean up around your nails, apply your topcoat and your done!

I really hope you enjoyed this quick and easy tutorial. If you’d like to see a video how-to for dry-brushing, check out this video by Lucy’s Stash on YouTube

Thank you for checking out this tutorial.

Kirsteen x