All posts for the month January, 2015

Peekaboo Leopard Print Nails

Published January 26, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. I thought I’d do some slightly glam nails this week to banish my January blues.

2015/01/img_4724.jpgIt’s easy to do and it’s perfect if you’ve got a January payday night out planned. I’ve used a nude base but you can glam it up even more by using a metallic gold base instead. As well as your base colour you’ll need a dark red, a black, striping tape or masking tape, and a small dotting tool or toothpick.

2015/01/img_4722.jpgI’ve used Moon for my base, Persian Rose and Jet Black, all by Technic.

2015/01/img_4717-1.jpgStep 1: paint your nails with two to three coats of your base colour (until opaque) and let it completely dry.

2015/01/img_4718.jpgStep 2: tape off where you’d like your leopard print to be (I’ve made mind all different but if you prefer you can do yours all the same).

2015/01/img_4719.jpgStep 3: paint the rest of your nails with your red polish and remove the tape straight away.

2015/01/img_4720.jpgStep 4: use the polish brush to paint some random spots over the nude parts of your nails.

2015/01/img_4721.jpgStep 5: with your dotting tool/toothpick and black polish, paint broken circles around the red spots and fill in any big gaps with some curved lines or dots (make sure you don’t get any black polish on the red sections of your nails).

2015/01/img_4724-0.jpgStep 6: clean up around your nails, apply your topcoat and your done!

I really hope you liked this design, thanks for looking, and if you do have a night out planned this weekend have fun!

Kirsteen x


Feather Nails

Published January 19, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. Today’s design is a quick and easy look which is really soft and girly.

2015/01/img_4687.jpgAll you’ll need is a pastel polish for your base colour, a black for your feathers, and a thin nail art brush. If you don’t have any nail art brushes see my previous post for a link to a DIY brush video.

2015/01/img_4675.jpgI’ve used Technic’s Pretty Pastels in Candyfloss and Technic’s Jet Black.

2015/01/img_4685.jpgStep 1: once your base coat has dried, apply two or three coats of your base colour (until opaque) and let it dry.

2015/01/img_4679.jpgStep 2: dip your thin brush in your black polish and paint a slightly curved line across your nail.

2015/01/img_4688.jpgStep 3: with a bit less polish on your thin brush, paint thin, wispy lines up the big line (start just past the start of the big line; make your wispy lines smaller the nearer you get to the tip).

2015/01/img_4682.jpgRepeat on the rest of your nails.

2015/01/img_4687-0.jpgStep 4: clean up around your nails, apply your topcoat and your done.

I really hope you liked this design, thanks for looking!

Kirsteen x

Back to Basics Nail Art

Published January 12, 2015 by beginnersnailart

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.

2015/01/img_4655.jpgI’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 –
DIY dotting tools –
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.

Zebra/Tiger Print

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.

Leopard Print

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.

Polka Dots

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:

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,

Kirsteen x

Sporty Chevron Nails

Published January 6, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone, happy new year and welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed yourselves over the holidays. I’m starting off the new year with these easy chevron nails inspired the sports luxe fashion trend. So if your heading off to the gym your nails will match your workout gear, or (like me) not at least your nails will look amazing!

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/e24/42917436/files/2015/01/img_4591.jpgTo recreate this design you’ll need a white polish for your base, a metallic silver, a neon colour of your choice, and some striping tape (or masking tape).

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/e24/42917436/files/2015/01/img_4579.jpgI’ve used White, Gun Metal and Party Brights in Flamingo, all by Technic.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/e24/42917436/files/2015/01/img_4581.jpgStep 1: once your base coat dries, apply two to three thin coats or your white polish. Let the white fully dry before moving on.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/e24/42917436/files/2015/01/img_4592.jpgStep 2: place some tape across your nails (start a few millimetres from the edge and stop a third to halfway down your nail). Apply a coat of your neon polish and remove the tape right away. Let this fully dry.

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/e24/42917436/files/2015/01/img_4593.jpgStep 3: repeat step 2 with your metallic polish on the opposite side (remember to remove the tape right away).

/home/wpcom/public_html/wp-content/blogs.dir/e24/42917436/files/2015/01/img_4591-0.jpgStep 4: clean up around your nails, apply your topcoat and your done!

I really hope you like this design and give it a try. Thank for reading.

Kirsteen x