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Bubble Watermarble Nails

Published June 30, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This weeks design is a slightly different take on water marbling. I’ve seen a few people do it this way using spray hand sanitizer, but thought I’d give it a got after seeing @celinedoesnails try it out with hairspray. 

 I found this method a lot less messy than normal water marbling as you don’t need as much polish in the water. To give it a go yourself you’ll need a base colour, one or two colours for marbling (I’d stick to two maximum to avoid it looking muddy), a small bowl/cup of room temperature water, some masking/washi tape, hairspray, and a toothpick. 

 I’ve used Seashell, Damson and South Pacific, all by Technic.

  Step 1: paint your nails with two thin coats of your base colour and let it fully dry. Once dry put some masking tape around the edges (sorry, forgot to take a pic of that bit!).
  Step 2: gently drop a few drops of your first colour into the water so it spreads out (drop it as close to the water as possible so the polish won’t sink).
  Step 3: spray a little hairspray onto it to break it up like this.
  Step 4: dip your finger in at an angle, use the toothpick to collect up the rest of the polish on the surface of the water and take your finger out at the same angle.
  Step 5: repeat for each nail and remove the tape, using some polish remover and a brush/cotton bud to clean up any polish that got on your skin.
  Step 6: repeat steps 2 to 5 for your second colour (tip: if your polish stops spreading, change the water as there may be too much hairspray residue in it).
  Step 7: clean up around your nails, apply topcoat and you’re done!

I really hope you liked this design and give it a go yourself. I really found this method less time consuming, less messy and easier than normal water marbling.
Thanks for looking,

Kirsteen x

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90’s Print Nail Design

Published June 22, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone, this weeks design is a throwback to the 90s! This type of pattern was everywhere from TV shows and cartoons to clothes, and in all different colours. 

 To recreate it you’ll need a few bright, pastel colours (up to 5), a black polish, and a toothpick or very small dotting tool. 

 Here I’ve used Canary, Candyfloss, Pool Party and Jet Black, all by Technic.

  Step 1: paint your nails with two to three coats of your pastel colours and let them fully dry.
  Step 2: using your toothpick and black polish, draw some zig zag lines on your nails.
  Step 3: add in a couple of wavey lines…
  Step 4: add some small triangles…
  Step 5: and finally add a few little dashes and dots here and there.
  Step 6: let the black polish dry and clean up around your nails, add topcoat, and you done!

I hope you liked this design and give it a try with your favourite colours. Thanks for looking,

Kirsteen x

Kaleidoscope Nail Design

Published June 15, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. I’m back this week with a colourful and glitter design inspired by kaleidoscope patterns! 

This design is quite easy to do, but is a little time consuming. You’ll also need a pile of nail polishes too. You’ll need a white for your base, a clear polish or topcoat, four pearlescent polishes (two warm colours and two cool colours), matching chunky glitter polishes, a makeup sponge cut into small pieces, some masking tape or washi tape, and a small nail art brush (a cheap lip liner brush or thin paint brush will work great too). 
 I’ve used 9 polishes in total, all from Technic. Clockwise from top left they are Clear, Emerald, Black Mirror, Isla Bonita, Amethyst, Zephyr, Cactus Flower, Lagoon and White.

  Step 1: apply two coats of white polish and let it dry.
  Step 2: apply a layer of clear polish/topcoat and let it fully dry (this will stop the tape and the sponge from lifting the white polish.
  Step 3: tape off a third of your nail in a triangle like this (I’ve made mine all slightly different angles so all the nails will be different).
  Step 4: take small pieces of your makeup sponge and sponge on one of your cool colours and one of your warm colours (remove the tape right away).
  Step 5: tape off the other side of your nails and repeat step 4 with the same colours. Let this fully dry.
  
 Step 6: place tape over each side of your nails, leaving the middle white triangle.

  Step 7: sponge on your other warm and cool polishes, this time inverted (I thought at this step it looked awful & was tempted to take it off and start again, thankfully it does look better once it’s finished!).

  Step 8: using your thin brush and your outside edge colours, line the edges where the triangles meet to cover any white base that’s showing through. Don’t forget to clean your brush with polish remover in between colours.

  Step 9: take your chunky glitters and either your thin brush or a small piece of sponge and add your glitters to the opposite coloured polishes (cool on warm & vise versa).

  Step 10: once everything has dried, clean up around your nails, apply topcoat and your done! 
I really hope you liked the way this design turned out and give it a go too. Thanks for looking!
Kirsteen x

Easy Rose Print Nails

Published June 8, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week’s design is an updated version of a rose print tutorial I had done nearly two years ago. I loved the original but I think the updated version looks a little better! 

 To recreate this design you’ll need a pale green, a dark green, a red or dark pink, a pale pink, and a toothpick. 

 I’ve used Pool Party, Peony Pink, Bubblegum and Sea Foam, all by Technic.

  Step 1: paint your nails with two to three coats of your pale green and let it dry.
  Step 2: paint some rough spots on your nails with your dark pink polish by dabbing the end of the polish brush in a circle.
  Step 3: dip your toothpick in your pale pink polish and, starting at the middle of each spot, paint small curved lines moving out to the edges of the spots in a sort of spiral.
  Step 4: with your toothpick and dark green polish, paint leaves by making two ‘half moon’ shapes on the bottom of each rose.
  Step 5: with the toothpick and your pale green polish, go back and add little highlights on each leaf.
  Step 6: once the polish has dried, clean up around your nails, apply topcoat, and your done!

I really hope you liked this design and give it a go yourself. Thanks for looking,

Kirsteen

Easy Snake Skin Nails

Published June 1, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week I’ve got another easy design that requires no tools. I’ve done a snake skin design before, but needed a makeup sponge and two different sizes of netting (not always easy to find).

 This method was inspired by a design by Sveta Sanders, and all you’ll need to try it out is two polishes. You’ll need a pastel for your base and a darker, metallic or pearlescent polish in the same colour range. 

 I’ve went for a pinky/purple colour theme and used Bubblegum and Violet, both by Technic.

  Step 1: paint your nails with one coat of your pastel colour and let it fully dry.
  Step 2: working one nail at a time apply a second, thick layer of your pastel colour then dab on spots of your metallic polish straight away. You don’t need any tools, just use the polish brush.
  Step 3: repeat step two for each nail and they will look something like this (you’ll need to give it some time to dry since the polish is thicker than normal).
  Step 4: once the polish has dried clean up around your nails, apply a topcoat to smooth everything out, and your done!

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

Kirsteen x