All posts for the month November, 2015

Autumn/Winter Colour-Block Nails

Published November 30, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week’s design is an easy colour-block done with Autumn/Winter colours. The design was inspired by a gorgeous design by MissQuirkyChic, and the colour combination was inspired by the colours used in a video by Nailstorming.

You can see their original videos here: and here:

 For this design you’ll need a pale yellow base colour, four Autumn colours, a dotting tool or toothpick, and some striping tape. If you don’t have any striping tape you can use masking tape cut into thin strips. 

 I’ve used Technic’s Canary, Persian Rose, South Pacific, Damson, and Ginger.

  Step 1: once your base coat dries, paint your nails with two thin coats of your yellow and let it fully dry.

 Step 2: cut thin strips of tape and section your nails off into sections (between 3 to 5).

  Step 3: use your dotting tool to fill in each section with your choice of Autumn/Winter colours (remember to clean it with polish remover in between colours).

  Step 4: as soon as you’ve finished filling in the sections, carefully remove the tape (tweezers are handy here).

  Step 6: give the sections 10 minutes to dry, clean up around your nails, apply topcoat and you’re done!

I really hope you liked this design. Don’t forget to mix up the colours to match your winter outfit! Thanks for looking,

Kirsteen x


Winter Plaid Nails

Published November 16, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. Since it’s been getting really cold lately, I thought I’d try out some plaid nails in winter colours. 

 This is really easy to do and all you’ll need is three polishes and a thin nail art brush. For the polishes choose two dark, winter colours and a bronze/gold polish. 

 For mine I’ve used Technic’s Sea Foam, Morello, and Ginger. Don’t forget to clean your nail art brush properly with acetone polish remover in between colours. 

  Step 1: apply two coats of the lighter of your two dark polishes and let it dry (don’t forget a basecoat to avoid staining!).
  Step 2: using the darker of your two polishes and your nail art brush, paint a horizontal line across your nails just below your cuticles, and a vertical line down the outside third of your nails (kind of like an off centre cross).
  Step 3: once you’ve got the lines how you like them, go back and thicken them up so they’re about 5mm wide.
  Step 4: using your bronze polish and nail art brush, paint a thin line under the thick horizontal one and another to the left of the vertical one.
  Step 5: go back in with the darkest polish and paint over the bronze lines so it looks like the darker lines overlap them.
  Step 6: take the bronze polish again and paint a thin line across the tips of your nails, and then a vertical line down the inside of your nails.
  Step 6: clean up around your nails, apply topcoat, and you’re done!

I really hope you liked this design, and give it a go with colours to match your own winter outfits! Thanks for looking,

Kirsteen x

Broken Glass Nails

Published November 9, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week I though I’d try a new craze that started in South Korea. It’s been big there for a while and it seems now its popularity is spreading. 

 When I first saw the technique, it was done with special nail art gems/glitters made to look like bits of glass, but you can easily recreate this with cellophane instead! If you can, get iridescent cellophane. If, like me, all you can find it the clear stuff, don’t worry there’s a way around it! 

 For this technique/design you’ll need a nude base, a clear polish, cellophane, and a toothpick or orange wood stick it apply the cellophane. If you have clear cellophane you’ll need some iridescent polishes too (I’d recommend no more than two colours per nail, or it won’t look right). I’ve used Technic’s Moon for my base colour, Envy and Orchid for my cellophane, and Clear to attach it.

  Step 1: (skip this step if you already have iridescent cellophane) paint a thin layer of your iridescent polish on the cellophane. Make it thin enough that it’s still see-through, but thick enough that it’s not streaky.
  Step 2: paint your nails with two thin layers of your nude polish and let it dry.
  Step 3: cut the cellophane into small shards.
  Step 4: apply some clear polish to your nails and stick some of the shards onto it.  Repeat this for all your nails and they should look something like this.

  Step 5: apply a thin layer of topcoat and, while it’s still tacky, use your toothpick to press down any edges that are sticking up or out.
  Step 6: lastly clean up around your nails, apply a good layer of topcoat to smooth everything out, and you’re done!

I really hope you liked my first attempt at this technique. I love this look, and definitely think it would look even better with iridescent cellophane. So keep an eye on my Instagram as I’ll be trying it again when I can get my hands on some!

Thanks for looking!

Kirsteen x

Glitter Burst Nails

Published November 2, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week I’ve got a gorgeous (and easy) glitter design for you, and it looks a little like fireworks so it’s perfect for Guy Fawkes night too! 

 I haven’t been using glitter polishes as much lately, so I wanted to get back into them and try out my new ones too. For this design you’ll need a metallic or pearlescent polish, a matching glitter polish (preferably with a mix of fine and chunky glitters), a black polish, and masking tape. 

 I’ve used Technic’s Ginger, Isla Bonita, and Jet Black.

  Step 1: apply one coat of your metallic/pearlescent polish and let it dry.

  Step 2: apply two coats of your glitter polish (or more if you need a bit more coverage) and let this fully dry before moving on.

  Step 3: once your nails are totally dry, cut thin triangles of masking tape and stick them onto your nails like this (you can place them in the same place on each nail if you like, but I’ve made mine all different).  

  Step 4: paint on a thick layer of black polish and gently peel off the tape straight away.
  Step 5: clean up around your nails, apply topcoat, and you’re done!

I really hope you liked this design and give it ago with your favourite colour, and if you’re heading out for the fireworks or a bonfire on the 5th remember to stay safe!

Thanks for looking, 

Kirsteen x