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Easy Pacman Nails

Published August 25, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week’s design is Pacman! We went to see Pixels at the weekend, so I had to! 

 If you want to give it a go too you’ll need a yellow polish for Pacman, a pink, mint, orange and red for the ghosts, a black and a white polish, a thin brush, and two dotting tools (small & medium). 

 I’ve used Mimosa, Candyfloss, Pool Party, Sunset Strip, Tango Red, White, and Jet Black.

  Step 1: paint your thumb yellow, and paint the rest of your nails with the ‘ghost’ colours.
  Step 2: use your medium dotting tool and place 1 white dot in your yellow nail (for pacman’s eye) and two dots at the base of each of the ghost nails for eyes.
  Step 3: use your small dotting tool and black polish place black dots inside the white ones for pupils.
  Step 4: dip your thin brush in your black polish and paint a triangle at the top of your yellow nail for pacman’s mouth (looking back now I should have moved his eye up & closer to the mouth, it looks a bit odd!).
  Step 5: add some black curves at the base of your nail to make him look round.
  Step 6: clean up around your nails, add topcoat, and you’re done!

I hope you liked this design and give it a go!

Thanks for looking, Kirsteen x

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Art Deco Doticure

Published August 18, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week’s design is a cute and easy doticure inspired by some Art Deco prints I’d seen on Pinterest recently. 

 All you’ll need to try this design out is an off-white or nude base colour, a brass/bronze polish, a dark aqua polish, and four or five dotting tools (small to large). 

 I’ve used Technic’s Moon for my base colour, and Ginger and South Pacific for the polka dots.

  Step 1: paint your nails with two coats of your base colour and let it dry.
  Step 2: start with your bronze polish and largest dotting tool and place a dot in the centre of each nail.
  Step 3: place a smaller dot on each side of this dot with the next dotting tool, the repeat until you have a line of dots going across your nails.
  Step 4: take your smallest dotting tool and your aqua polish and place two small dots on each side of your large one.
  Step 5: working up to the larger dotting tools, place a line of dots on either side of your original one.
  Step 6: repeat this until you reach the edges of your nails and your nails.
  Step 7: clean up around your nails, add topcoat, and you’re done!

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

Thanks for looking, Kirsteen x

Ditsy Flower Print Nails

Published August 10, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week’s design is a fun and easy ditsy flower print that I’ve wanted to try for a while, and I love how it turned out!

 To give this a go yourself you’ll need a pastel green or blue for your base colour, a dark green for your leaves, two bright colours for your flowers, and a small dotting tool or toothpick. 

 I’ve used Technic’s Picnic, Sea Foam, Amethyst, and Cactus Flower.

  Step 1: after your basecoat, apply two to three coats of your base colour and let it dry.
  Step 2: open your dark green polish and wipe the excess polish off the brush, then dab the tip of the brush over the area of your nails where you’d like your flowers to be (this will be the leaves/bush).
  Step 3: dip your dotting tool into your first bright colour and paint a few rough dots over the ‘leaves’.
  Step 4: repeat this with your other bright polish and let them dry.
  Step 5: dip your dotting tool very lightly into your base colour, then add a very light dot to the middle of each of your flowers.
  Step 6: clean up around your nails, apply topcoat, and you’re done!

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

Thanks for looking, Kirsteen x

Easy Watermelon Nails

Published August 4, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week I’ve got another fruity design for you! I’ve seen a lot of people doing this recently (this method inspired by @ohmygoshpolish) and, even though I hate watermelon, it looks great. 

 To try this design for yourself you’ll need a white polish, a bright green, a bright pink, a black, a makeup sponge, and a small dotting tool (or a toothpick). 

 The polishes I’ve used are White, Ayia Napa, Vegas Baby, and Jet Black, all by Technic.

  Step 1: paint your nails with two thin coats of white, then a layer of topcoat and let them fully dry (the topcoat will stop the makeup sponge lifting the white polish).
  Step 2: sponge your green nail polish on the bottom third of your nails (thanks to the white base I only needed one layer of the green).
  Step 3: sponge your pink polish on the top third of your nails (again, I only had to apply one layer thanks to the white base).
  Step 4: use an edge of the makeup sponge and sponge some white polish along the middle third of your nails to straighten out edges of the pink and green.
  Step 5: using your black polish and dotting tool, apply three dots on the pink parts of your nails.
  Step 6: give the black polish time to dry, clean up around your nails, apply topcoat and you’re done!

I really hope you liked this design and give it a try, whether you like watermelon or not!

Thanks for looking,

Kirsteen x