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NYFW Inspired Frosted Nails

Published February 23, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week’s design is inspired by some of the gorgeous ‘frosted’ nails on show at New York Fashion Week recently. 

 It’s really similar to the sheer trend from last year and I wanted to give it a go this time around. You can buy sheer polishes, but they can be really expensive for a polish you won’t wear an awful lot, so I made my own! 

 For this you’ll need a polish of your choice, a clear polish, and either a dotting tool, toothpick, or thin nail art brush. I’ve went for black polish, Technic’s Jet Black. I’ve also used their Clear as my clear polish. The thinner and runnier your clear polish is the better.

  Step 1: add a few drops of your coloured polish into your clear polish, replace the lid, and shake. Test it on a bit of paper, and repeat until you like it. I added about 10 drops.
  Step 2: paint your nails with two to four costs of your newly made sheer polish and let it dry.
  Step 3: paint a design of your choice over your nails using the coloured polish and your preferred tool. The nails I looked had patterns from stripes, to spots, to geometric patterns, but I went with leopard print as I haven’t done it in ages!
  Step 4: 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 colour. As you can see it’s a really quick  and easy design, but it looks amazing on. The homemade sheer polish keeps really well too, just give it a shake before using it next.

Thanks for looking, Kirsteen x

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Mandala Inspired Design

Published February 16, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week’s design is inspired by mandala prints and patterns. My favourite TV show recently has been Tattoo Fixers, and I always love how amazing it looks when they use a mandala design for a coverup. 

 For this design I used the outside ‘petals’ of a mandala as a reference. To try it out you’ll need three contrasting colours that go well together, a black polish, a thin nail art brush, and a fine dotting tool (or toothpick). 

 For mine, I’ve used Technic’s Amethyst, Ginger, Lagoon, and Jet Black.

  Step 1: paint your nails with two thin coats of your first colour and let them dry.
  Step 2: with your nail art brush and second polish, draw the outline of one or two large petals over the majority of each nail. 
 Then fill them in and let them dry.

  Step 3: take your third colour and nail art brush, and paint two to three smaller petals overlapping the first. 
 Again, fill these in and let them dry.

  Step 4: using your black polish and dotting tool, outline the petals with small dots.
  Step 5: place some small dots inside each petal and give the black polish time to dry.
  Step 6: clean up around your nails, apply topcoat, and you’re done!

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

Kirsteen x

Retro 3D Polka Dots

Published February 8, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week’s design is a retro inspired, 3D polka dot design, inspired by a tutorial by WAH Nails. It’s a really cute and easy to do design, and I’ve went with a pink base since it’s nearly Valentine’s Day. 

 All you’ll need for it is a light base colour, a black polish, a white polish, and two dotting tools: one just slightly bigger than the other. I’ve went with large dots, but the size is up to you. 

 The polishes I’ve used are Bubblegum, Jet Black, and White, all by Technic.

  Step 1: paint your nails with two to three coats of your base colour and let it dry.
  Step 2: take the smaller of your two dotting tools and place black polka dots over your nails, making sure to space them out (and let them dry).
  Step 3: with the larger of the two dotting tools, place white dots just slightly higher and to the left of the black dots, kind of making the black dots look like shadows.
  Step 4: once your polka dots have dried, clean up around your nails, apply topcoat, and you’re done!

I really hope you like this design, and if you’d like to see the original video than inspired it, click here http://youtu.be/9YJOkS6zDME
Thanks for looking, Kirsteen x
 

Cute Hot Chocolate Nails

Published February 1, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. So it hasn’t snowed here (yet), but the weather is still horrible. Definitely hot chocolate weather! 

 These cute and easy hot chocolate and marshmallow nails were inspired by some jewellery I saw on Instagram. To try it yourself you’ll need a milky chocolate polish, a white, a pastel pink, a black, a thin nail art brush, and a small dotting tool. 

 I’ve used Technic’s Chocolate Milkshake, White, Bubblegum, and Jet Black.

  Step 1: for the hot chocolate part of the design, paint your thumb and pinky nails with a thin coat if your chocolate polish.
  Step 2: working one nail at a time, apply a thicker layer of your chocolate polish; while it’s still wet use your nail art brush to swirl a little bit of white polish through it.
  Step 3: moving on to the marshmallows: paint your middle finger white, and the other two pink.
  Step 4: take your dotting tool and black polish, and place eyes on each marshmallow nail.
  Step 5: use your nail art brush with your black polish now and add little smiles to your marshmallows.
  Step 6: if you’ve made any mistakes with the black polish, go back in with your pink or white on the brush and touch up the little smiles.
  Step 7: once the black polish is dry, apply topcoat and you’re done!

All you’ll need now is a nice mug of hot chocolate to go with your nails, not forgetting the marshmallows!

I hope you liked this cute design, thanks for looking,

Kirsteen x