All posts for the month April, 2015

Layered Dot Manicure

Published April 27, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week’s design is a fun yet subtle, nude dot manicure and was inspired by Nailstorming’s Pond manicure. You can see her original design on her YouTube channel. 

 To recreate this design you’ll need a sheer nude polish, a white, a metallic gold or silver, and two dotting tools (medium and small). If you don’t have dotting tools you can use the end of a kirby grip/bobby pin and a dry ball point pen. 

 The polished I’ve used are all by Technic. The sheer nude is Moon, and for the dots I used White and Seashell.

  Step 1: once your base coat dries, apply one coat of your nude and let it dry.
  Step 2: place a few white dots with your medium dotting tool and some metallic ones with your small dotting tool.
  Step 3: apply a thin layer of your nude over the dots.
  Step 4: add some more medium white dots and small metallic dots (don’t worry about overlapping them).
  Step 5: add another thin layer of your nude polish.
  Step 6: add some white and metallic dots, using the small dotting tool for both.
  Step 7: apply a final thin layer of the nude polish and let everything dry.
  Step 8: clean up around your nails, apply topcoat and your done!

I hope you liked this design and try it out for yourself, thanks for looking!

Kirsteen x


Chevron Ikat Nails

Published April 20, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. I’m back with a design this week. Ikat print has been popular for the last couple of years and it looks like it will be again this year. I did do an Ikat tutorial a while back, but decided to do an updated version in a different style this time. 

 Ikat prints, especially this style are really easy if you’re just getting into nails art as they aren’t supposed to be neat, so if your hand is a little unsteady it just adds to the effect! All you’ll need is a light base colour, a bright colour and a black for the chevron, and a thin nail art brush. If you don’t have any brushes check out my Back to Basics post, it has links to some handy videos showing you how to make your own. 

 The polishes I used are Canary, Candyfloss and Jet Black, all by Technic.

  Step 1: paint your nails with two coats of your base colour and let it dry.

  Step 2: dip your thin brush into your bright colour and paint thin chevrons at the base of your nails, roughly where your ‘half moon’ would be  (tip: place a small, faint dot where you want the point of the chevron to be so when you paint it each side is even).

  Step 3: clean your brush, dip into the black polish and paint a chevron halfway up your nails.

  Step 4: paint a third chevron above the black, making sure to leave the same out of space between the lines (although I’ve only done three, you can do more if your nails are longer).

  Step 5: dip the brush in the bright polish and wipe off the excess. Then paint small, quick, vertical strokes along the two bright chevrons until they look fuzzy.

  Step 6: repeat this with the black polish for the middle chevron and let the polish dry.

  Step 7: clean up around tour nails, apply topcoat and you’re done!

I hope you liked this design and give it a try with your favourite colours!

Thanks for looking,

Kirsteen x

Updated Nail Care Routine

Published April 13, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone! This week, instead of a design I though I would give you a look at my nail care routine. I have done a post on this a while ago, but I’ve changed a good bit of it since then so I thought I’d do an updated post.  

 The changes I’ve made to my routine are mainly down to better research on now how to care for my nails and picking up tips and tricks from my favourite nail bloggers. The best advice I’ve gotten is from and I’d definitely recommend checking her out. She has some really good advice on proper cuticle care, peeling nails etc.

So let’s get started! First thing I do once I remove my nail polish is apply a good bit of hand cream. I use remover with acetone to remove my polish and it really dries my skin out. 

 My favourite is still the Vaseline Intensive Care for hand and nails. It soaks into your skin fast and doesn’t feel greasy at all. I rub a good amount in, focusing on my nails and the skin around them.

  Next I start on my cuticles. I normally do this once every one to two weeks. I love this Sally Hansen Instant cuticle remover as it only takes 15 seconds. 

 Once it’s been on for 15 seconds I gently scrape and push back my cuticles with my metal cuticle pusher then wash my hands. 

 Since I started using the cuticle remover gel I stopped cutting my cuticles, but I still use my cuticle nippers to cut off any hangnails/loose skin around the sides of my nails. I have a really bad habit of biting the skin around my nails (I know, horrible, but it’s a hard habit to break) and making sure there’s no loose skin around my nails helps lessen the urge to bite them.

 I like to keep my nails short too. My manicures tend to last a little longer and my nails don’t break or peel as easily when they’re short. 

 Once a week I’ll trim them down with clippers and the file them into shape with a glass file. I like them square with rounded corners. I don’t buff my nails every week, normaly once a month is enough, but when I do it’s minimal and I do it gently. 

  After all that I apply more hand cream and a generous amount of cuticle oil. I massage it in and let it sit and soak in for 30 minutes to an hour. Moisturising is another thing that helps me minimise biting. The softer the skin around my nails is, the less likely I am to bite it. I always carry a small tube of this hand cream in my bag, along with a cuticle cream.

Once the cuticle oil has fully soaked into my skin and nails I then apply my base coat and start my manicure…

 …and I’m finally done! This routine does take me a while, so I normally set aside two to three hours once a week to go from start it finish. The polishes I used here are Nails Inc’s Notting Hill Carnival and Maybelline’s Color Show Bleached Neons in Coral Heat.

I hope you liked this little update and I’ll be back next week with a tutorial.

Thanks for looking,

Kirsteen x

Rainbow Doticure

Published April 6, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week’s design is a fun, easy and bright polka dot design.  

 I’ve used bright rainbow colours here, but it would great done with pastel rainbow colours or as a gradient of the one colour. All you need it a white base, colours of your choice for the dots, and three dotting tools (small, medium and large). 

 Here I’ve used White, Pillar Box, Sunset Strip, Mimosa, South Pacific, Koh Phangan and Bora Bora Beach all by Technic.

  Step 1: once your base coat is dry, apply two to three coats of your white polish (until opaque) and let it dry.

  Step 2: with your large dotting tool, place a dot of red polish where you want the ‘rainbow’ to start on each nail (if you’re doing a gradient of the one colour, start with the darkest shade).

  Step 3: switch to the medium dotting tool and place orange dots around the red.

  Step 4: repeat with each colour, switching to the small dotting tool for the last two colours (I’ve started with red and worked out to purple, but it would look amazing going purple to red too).

  Step 5: once your dots have dried, clean up around your nails, apply topcoat and you’re done!

I hope you liked this tutorial and try it out for yourself. Thanks for looking!

Kirsteen x