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Pastel Confetti Nails

Published July 27, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week’s design is a quick, cute and easy summer design (to make up for the lack of summer we’re actually getting). 

 All you’ll need to try it out yourself is a nude polish for your base colour, four pastel polishes, a medium dotting tool, and a small dotting tool ( you can use a dry ball point pen and a toothpick if you don’t have dotting tools). 

 I’ve used Moon, Bubblegum, Canary, Mr Blue Sky and Pool Party all by Technic.

  Step 1: paint your nails two thin coats of your nude polish and let it dry.
  Step 2: dip your dotting tools in your first pastel colours, place a few dots near the tip and a few small dots a little further down your nail (make sure they’re well spaced out, especially the smaller ones).
  Step 3: repeat this for your second colour… 
 …your third colour… 

 …and your fourth. Just remember the dots should only go just over halfway down your nails, and don’t make them too close together or it may end up looking a little muddy.

  Step 4: clean up around your nails, apply a topcoat to smooth everything out, and you’re done!

I really hope you liked this design , and I hope you try it out too.

Thanks for looking, Kirsteen x

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Cupcake Nails

Published July 20, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week’s design is a cute, quick and easy design using some nail confetti! 

 I was recently sent some nail confetti packs from Technic and I thought these cute pastel ones would make the perfect cupcake sprinkles. The packs are £1.50 each from their website, and come with a variety of shapes/colours of confetti, glue, an orange stick, and a small file. 

All you’ll need to give it a go is three polishes (white, a pale pastel colour and one slightly darker but the same shade as the pastel polish), a thin nail art brush, a medium dotting tool, and some nail confetti.  

 I’ve used The Nail Art Decoration Kit, Bubblegum, Loganberry and White all from Technic.

  Step 1: paint your nails with one coat of your pastel polish, then paint a second coat just on the top half of your nails (this will be the cupcake case).

  Step 2: use the thin nail art brush with the darker polish and paint thin lines, about half a cm apart, on the top half of each nail.

  Step 3: with your white polish and dotting tool, paint a line of connected dots along the middle of your nail (make sure you cover the top of the lines).
  Step 4: use the polish brush or your dotting tool to fill in the rest of your nails with white polish, then let it dry.
  Step 5: pick out the confetti shapes you want to use. I went with the pink hearts and purple stars to match the polishes I used.
  Step 6: place the confetti sprinkles on the white polish. To do this apply a small amount of topcoat or the glue that comes in the pack to the area you want the confetti to be, and gently place them on using the orange stick. 

TIPS

  • To pick them up touch the orange stick to the wet polish/glue and use this to pick up and place the confettis. 
  • You can use topcoat to stick them on to make them easy to remove, but use the glue provided if you want them to last a few days.
  • Remove glued on confetti by holding a piece of cotton wool soaked in acetone polish remover on the nail for 5 to 10 minutes, then wipe off as normal.

  Step 7: clean up around your nails, apply a thick layer of topcoat to protect the confetti, and you’re done!

I really hope you liked this design, and if you’d like to get yourself some of these nail confettis, you can find them for £1.50 on Technic’s website (http://www.lovethymakeup.com/nails-nail-art-product-technic-nail-art-decoration-kit-1826).

Thanks for looking, Kirsteen x

Distressed Fan Brush Nail Art

Published July 13, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. Since festival season is in full swing, I though I’d try out a design that’s quick and easy to do before you head off (with minimal mess too).  

 I went with neon polishes this time but, depending on the outfits you’re packing, pastels would look amazing too. You’ll need a white polish for your base, two contrasting colours of your choice, a black, and a fan nail art brush. If you don’t have a fan brush you can find them very cheap on Amazon and EBay (alternatively get a fan shaped paint brush from your local arts & craft store). 

 I’ve used White, Vegas Baby, Electro and Jet Black (all by Technic. My fan brush is from a set of 12 I bought from Amazon (similar to this pack for £1.42 – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B004KDJJP0/ref=cm_sw_r_awd_OqdPvb58F0S6P).

  Step 1: paint your nails with two coats of white and let them dry.
  Step 2: starting with the darkest of your two colours, drop some onto a piece of paper/tin foil and dip one side of the fan brush in it.
  Step 3: swipe the brush back and forth across your nails (you’ll probably need to dip the brush a few times, just don’t get too much polish on it).
  Step 4: drop out your second colour and dip the other side of the fan brush into it.
  Step 5: repeat step 5 for the second colour.
  Step 6: clean your brush with some acetone polish remover, drop out some black and just dip the very tip of the brush in it (if you’ve picked up too much polish just dab it off on a tissue).
  Step 7: swipe the black polish from each edge to the centre of each nail, but don’t cover the centre of the nails (if you think you’ve put too much black on, let it dry then go over it with a little of the coloured polishes & a clean brush).
  Step 8: give the black polish 10 minutes to dry, clean up around your nails and you’re done and festival ready!

I really hope you liked this design, and give it a go even if you’re not festival bound. Thanks for looking!

Kirsteen x

Rainbow Ombré Nails

Published July 6, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone, I’ve got a fun, bright design this week. It’s really quick and easy, and is a perfect festival look. 

 The design is inspired by @cutepolish (you can see her original video here: http://youtu.be/B5jD_Z-xkCU). All you’ll need to recreate it is a white polish for your base, three neon polishes (pink, blue and yellow), and a makeup sponge. 

 I’ve used Technic’s White for the base and their Party Brights in Koh Phangan, South Beach Miami and Vegas Baby as my neons.

  Step 1: paint your nails with two coats of white then a layer of topcoat and let it dry (the topcoat will stop the makeup sponge lifting the white polish).
  Step 2: paint the yellow and blue onto your makeup sponge (making sure to overlap them) and sponge them onto your thumb, with blue on the outside.
  Step 2: paint yellow and pink onto the sponge (again overlapping them) and sponge them on making sure yellow is on the outside. 
  Step 3: repeat these steps for pink and blue on your middle finger, blue and yellow on your ring finger, and yellow and pink on your pinky (make sure the colours match up with the nail on either side). 
  Step 5: clean up around your nails (I put some tape around them for minimal mess!), apply topcoat to smooth everything out, and you’re festival ready!

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

Kirsteen x