Hi everyone. My second post of the new year is a 5 in 1 back to basics, especially for those just taking up nail art.
I’ve went with flowers, zebra/tiger print, leopard print, polka dots and ombre. For all five I’ve used Technic’s Nudes in Moon, Pretty Pastels in Pool Party, and Jet Black. For tools I used my small and medium dotting tools and a nail art brush. If you don’t have any nail art tools, here are a couple of videos by HannahRoxNails and Cutepolish showing how to make your own:
DIY brushes – http://youtu.be/ZscBQEkGxF4
DIY dotting tools – http://youtu.be/Y9Y4aYbtVYg
For each design I’ve went with a nude base colour.
Step 1: with your chosen colour, place five small dots in a circle using a medium dotting tool.
Step 2: using the same dotting tool, place a black dot in the centre of each flower.
Step 3: using a small dotting tool, place a few coloured and black dots in between the flowers to fill any big gaps.
Step 1: using black polish and a thin brush, paint a curved, forked line diagonally up your nail.
Step 2: paint two more curved forked lines on each side of this going from top to bottom.
Step 3: repeat this until you fill your nail, then add a few small curved lines to fill any big gaps.
Step 1: dab random spots of coloured polish over your nails using the brush from the polish bottle.
Step 2: using the black polish and small dotting tool, dab broken circles around each spot.
Step 3: again with the black polish and small dotting tool, paint a few small curves in between the big spots.
Step 1: with your medium dotting tool and back polish, paint a row of evenly spaced spots down the middle of your nail.
Step 2: paint another row of dots on each side of the centre row, but alternate the height.
Step 3: repeat until you reach the edges of your nail.
Step 1: paint your base colour and second colour onto a makeup sponge (make sure to overlap them).
Step 2: dab the sponge gently over your nail.
Step 3: repeat step 2 to build up the colour until your happy with it (let each layer dry for 5 or 10 minutes to avoid lifting).
All that’s left to do now is clean up around your nails and apply your topcoat.
Tips: if your using two bright colours for your ombre, paint your nails white then sponge on your bright colours to make them stand out more.
Clean your dotting tools and brushes with nail polish remover in between colours.
Instead of dipping your tools/brushes into your polish bottles, dab a little polish out into a small piece of paper or foil. It’s less messy.
And lastly, here’s another video from Cutepolish on how to avoid smudging your nail art when applying topcoat: http://youtu.be/3ZdztKD-0Ak
I really hoped you liked this tutorial and found the tips and links helpful. If you’d like to see another back to basics in the future be sure to let me know!
Thanks for looking,