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Waterfall Nails

Published February 23, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week’s design is simple but gorgeous, works great as a daytime look, and the hint of glitter makes it perfect a nighttime look too.

IMG_4848It’s inspired by a lovely design by The Nailasaurus. You can check out the original, along with her other amazing designs, over on http://www.thenailasaurus.com. You can also find her on YouTube, Twitter and Instagram @thesammersaurus.

IMG_4837For this design you’ll need a white or very pale pastel polish for your base colour, a medium and a dark polish for your ‘waterfall’, a fine glitter polish, and a thin nail art brush. I’ve used all ‘cool’ coloured polishes for my version which are Mr Blue Sky, Jasmine, Koh Phangan and Stardust all by Technic. If you don’t have a nail art brush, check out my Back To Basics post which has links to videos showing how to make your own.

IMG_4839Step 1: after your base coat, paint your nails with two to three coats of your base colour (until opaque) and let it fully dry.

IMG_4841Step 2: dip your brush in your medium polish and paint thin, wispy lines starting at your cuticle and finishing about two thirds of the way up your nail (apply less pressure the further up your nail you go so the lines are thinner at the top).

IMG_4843Step 3: clean your brush and repeat step 2 with your dark colour (be careful not to totally cover up your medium colour).

IMG_4845Step 4: again, clean your brush and dip it in the glitter polish (swirl it around to pick up more glitter). Paint four or five glitter lines over your dark colour as a sort of highlight.

IMG_4848-0Step 5: clean up around your nails (don’t forget to clean your brush with polish remover), apply your topcoat and your done!

I really hope you liked this design and give it a go in your favourite colours. Thanks for looking!

Kirsteen x

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Easy Scalloped French Manicure

Published February 16, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week’s design is really quick and really easy, because my back is sore again so I needed something that was quick so I wasn’t sitting for long!

IMG_4816I’ve used the classic french manicure colours but you can swap the white for a pastel or bright coloured polish to make it more fun. As well as a tip colour, you’ll need a nude for your base and a large dotting tool.

IMG_4815I’ve used White and Moon, both by Technic.

IMG_4810Step 1: after your base coat, apply one coat of your nude polish.

IMG_4811Step 2: dip your large dotting tool in your tip colour and dab on a line of dots just below the white of your nail (you can make the line straight, curved or even diagonal).

IMG_4812Step 3: fill in the tip of your nails using either the polish brush or your dotting tool.

IMG_4816-0Step 4: once your polish has dried, clean up around your nails, apply your topcoat and your done!

I hope you liked this quick and easy take on the French manicure. Thanks for looking and I’ll be back next week with proper design when my backs not as sore!

Kirsteen x

Pastel Leopard Heart Nails

Published February 9, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. It’s only five days until Valentine’s Day so I’ve got another heart inspired design. It’s perfect as a cute daytime look, but you can easily swap the pink and grey for red and black for a nighttime look.

IMG_4788To recreate this look you’ll need a white polish, a pastel pink, a grey, and two dotting tools (a medium and a small). You can substitute the dotting tools with a dry ball point pen and a toothpick. If you don’t have a grey like me, you can mix two drops of white and one drop of black polish.

IMG_4780-0I’ve used Technic’s White, Bubblegum and Jet Black.

Check out my last post to see how to easily create hearts with a dotting tool, and if you’re unsure about leopard print check out my Back To Basics post.

IMG_4782Step 1: once your base coat dries, apply two coats of your white polish and let it dry.

IMG_4784Step 2: use your medium dotting tool dipped in your pink polish and paint some hearts on your nails (I’ve done 5 but you can do more if your nails are longer).

IMG_4787Step 3: with your small dotting tool and grey polish, outline your hearts with broken lines and fill in any big gaps with some curved lines or spots.

IMG_4788-0Step 4: once everything’s dry, clean up around your nails, apply your topcoat and your done!

I really hope you liked this design, thanks for looking, and happy Valentine’s Day when it comes!

Kirsteen x

Heart Print Nails

Published February 2, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. It’s February already so I thought I’d start it off with an easy Valentine design.

IMG_4754All you’ll need is a light pink for your base colour, a bright red for the hearts, and a small dotting tool.

IMG_4745I’ve used Fair and Pillar Box, both by Technic, for mine.

IMG_4746Step 1: once your base coat dries apply two to three coats of your base colour and let it fully dry.

IMG_4755Step 2: dip your dotting tool into your red, place a dot and drag it down slightly. Do the same with the a second dot to create a heart. Cover the rest of your nail with more small hearts.

IMG_4752Step 3: repeat step 2 on the rest of your nails. If you don’t have the time (or patience) to do hearts on all your nails, you can paint your nails red and have the heart print just on your ring finger as an accent nail.

IMG_4754-0Step 4: clean up around your nails, apply your topcoat and your done.

I hope you liked this design and have a lovely Valentine’s Day 😘 thanks for looking.

Kirsteen x