All posts for the month January, 2016

Snow Storm Nails

Published January 25, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week I’ve tried out a frosty design inspired by all the snow that everyone’s been getting recently. 

 All you need for this design is a white polish, a silver polish, a pearly/frosty white polish, and two dotting tools (a medium & a small). 

 For my nails I’ve used White, Gardenia, and Gun Metal, all by Technic. The dotting tool I’ve used is double ended.

  Step 1: paint your nails with two thin coats of your white polish.
  Step 2: add a thin layer of your pearly/frosty polish (starting with the white base will mean less streaks in this polish).
  Step 3: use your large dotting tool and place some silver dots in the top third of your nails.
  Step 4: repeat this with your white polish, but with slightly more white dots & go about half way down your nails.
  Step 5: add a few silver dots with your small dotting tool.
  Step 6: go back in with your white polish and small dotting tool and add a few white dots, concentrating them at the tips of your nails.
  Step 7: give the polish time to dry, clean up around your nails, apply topcoat and you’re done!

I really hope you liked this design, and if your area is getting hit with heavy snow just now, stay safe and stay warm!

Thanks for looking,

Kirsteen x


20’s Inspired Layered Print

Published January 18, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week’s design is a lovely layered design inspired the colours and prints from the 20’s. 

 The best bit about this design is you don’t need any tools, so it’s easily as well as quick. All you’ll need is a bronze polish, and two darker polishes of your choice. 

 I’ve used Technic’s Ginger, Morello, and Persian Rose.

  Step 1: apply one or two thin coats of your bronze colour.
  Step 2: take your darkest colour, and using the polish brush, paint in some curved ‘steps’ across your nails (if needed go over the top half only to make it more opaque).

  Step 3: move down a little and repeat this with your bronze polish.
  Step 4: move down again and repeat with the other dark polish. Don’t forget to paint the free edge of your nails with this colour to hide the layers.
  Step 5: clean up around your nails, apply topcoat, and you’re done!

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

Kirsteen x

Dreamcatcher Inspired Doticure 

Published January 12, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week’s design is a quick and easy one inspired by the dream catcher nail art I’ve seen everywhere and a lovely dot mani by @nailstorming on Instagram. 

 I love dream catcher nails but can never get them right! This one however is really easy. You only need a pastel or nude base, a black polish for the dots, and some dotting tools (small to large). 

 I’ve used Technic’s Chocolate Milkshake for my base and Jet Black for my dots. I used 4 dotting tools, but 3 would be perfect: a small, medium and large.

  Step 1: paint your nails with two to three coats of your nude/pastel polish and let it dry.

  Step 2: with the large dotting tool, place 3 dots in a V shape in the base of your nails.
  Step 3: take the smallest dotting tool and connect the big dots to your cuticle like this.
  Step 4: connect the 3 big dots like this.
  Step 5: place a small dot below each large one, and connect up the three lines with a  curved, horizontal line of dots.
  Step 6: with your medium & small dotting tools, add a medium then a small dot under each large dot to make it look like hanging beads.
  Step 7: give the black polish time to dry, apply topcoat, and you’re done!

I hope you liked this design, and it would look great with white dots on a neon background come spring/summer.

Thanks for looking,


Cosy Layered Nails (no tools) 

Published January 5, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. I hope you all had a great time over the holidays. I thought I’d start off January with something soft and cosy, but really easy. 

 All you’ll need to give this a go is a nude polish and two contrasting winter colours that go well together. There’s no tools needed as you use the polish brush.  

 For mine I’ve used three new polishes from Technic. I used Chocolate Milkshake for my nude base, and Cornflower and Rosebud for the two winter colours.

  Step 1: paint your nails with two thin coats of your nude polish and let it dry.

   Step 2: start with the lighter of your two winter polishes, and use the polish brush to paint on a soft/curved layer. I’ve done a mix, but you can make them all the name of you prefer.

For my thumb and middle nail I painted a line starting from a third of the way down, the second one from the middle, and last from the last third. On my ring finger I painted and ‘S’ covering two thirds of the nail, and just a diagonal curve on the other two.

  Step 3: repeat Step 2 with the darker of the two colours, let it dry and add a second layer if needed.
  Step 4: clean up around your nails, add a a topcoat, and you’re done!

I hope you liked this really easy design to ease you into the new year.

  Bonus Step: if you have one, add a matte topcoat. This will make the designs even more soft and cosy looking.

Thanks for looking, 

Kirsteen x