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Flower Crown Nails

Published March 28, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone, this week’s design is a cute and easy, Spring inspired flower crown. 

 To try the design out you’ll need a white polish, a pastel green, two pastel colours for your flowers, a yellow polish, a small dotting tool, and a scrunched up piece of cling film (plastic wrap). 

 I’ve used White, Picnic, Bubblegum, Candyfloss, and Canary, all by Technic.

  Step 1: paint your nails with two thin coats of white and let it dry.
  Step 2: paint some green polish into your piece of cling film and dab it over your nails for a textured effect.
  Step 3: using the lighter of your two flower colours and your dotting tool, place some flowers with yellow centres around the outside of your nails, leaving a gap in between each.
  Step 4: using the darker polish, place a flower with a yellow centre in the spaces between the lighter flowers (don’t worry if they overlap).
  Step 5: clean up around your nails, apply topcoat, and you’re done!

I really hope you liked this design, and if it’s still cold where you are I hope the warmer, spring weather hurries up!

Thanks for looking, Kirsteen x

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Easter Bunny Nails

Published March 21, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. Easter is nearly here, so this week I’ve got some cute (and easy) bunny nails for you. 

 To give it a go you’ll need a pastel base colour (I’ve used yellow but any pastel colour would suit), a white polish, a black, light pink, slightly darker pink, a medium dotting tool, a fine dotting tool or toothpick, and a thin nail art brush. 

 Here I’ve used Canary, White, Bubblegum, Candyfloss, and Jet Black, all by Technic.

  Step 1: apply two to three coats of your pastel polish and let it dry.
  Step 2: using the polish brush, paint the bottom third of your nails white (kind of like a reverse French mani).
  Step 3: take your thin brush, or toothpick, and paint two ears on each nails.
  Step 3: take the pastel pink and use either your thin brush or toothpick, and paint the inside of each ear.
  Step 4: place two black dots for eyes with your medium dotting tool.
  Step 5: clean your dotting tool and place a dot of your darker pink polish under the eyes for a nose.
  Step 6: with your black polish, and either your nail art brush or toothpick, paint two curved lines under the nose for a cute bunny smile.
  Step 7: let the black polish dry, clean up around your nails, apply topcoat, and you’re done!

I hope you all have a nice Easter (don’t eat too much chocolate!), thanks for looking, 

Kirsteen x

Easy St Patrick’s Day Nails

Published March 15, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. St Patrick’s day is only a couple of days away, so if your going out to celebrate, here’s a quick and easy dotted ombré design that’s perfect if you’re running late! 

  All you’ll need is a green polish, white polish, orange polish, a large dotting tool, and a small one. 

 I’ve used Technic’s White, Electro, and Sunset Strip.

  Step 1: paint your nails with two thin coats of white and let them dry.
 Step 2: with the large dotting tool, dab the green polish on one half of your nail.
  Step 3: go over it with the small dotting tool to fill in any big spaces, concentrating on the outside edge.
  Step 4: repeat steps 2 and 3 with your orange polish, then give the polish a few minutes to dry.
  Step 5: using the large dotting tool, add a line of white down the middle of each nail.
  Step 6: use the small dotting tool to add some dots to each side of the line, helping it blend into the green and orange.
  Step 7: clean up around your nails, add a topcoat to smooth everything out, and you’re ready to go!

I really hope you liked this quick and easy, last minute design, thanks for looking!

Kirsteen x

Faux Foil Nails

Published March 7, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone, this week I went for a bright, sparkly design inspired by some rainbow nail foils I’d seen in a Simplynailogical video. I like nail foils, but haven’t gotten around to getting any to try, so I thought I’d fake it until I do.

 This was really easy to do and, although you can use a sponge of you like, you really only need the polish brushes to do this. You’ll need a silver base colour, a fine silver glitter polish, and around four neon polishes. 

 I’ve used Technic’s Gun Metal for my silver, Stardust for my glitter, and four of their Party Brights for my neons in Vegas Baby, South Beach Miami, Ayia Napa, and Koh Phangan.

  Step 1: apply one or two coats (just so it’s opaque) of silver to your nails and let it dry.

  
 Step 2: add a layer of silver glitter, then a layer of topcoat to smooth it out, and let it all dry.

  Step 3: take your first neon polish, wipe most of the polish off the brush (just a little more polish than if you were dry brushing) and paint it onto part of your nail.
  Step 4: repeat this with rest of your colours until your nail is covered, moving onto the next polish while the previous is still wet so they blend better. 
 Once your done they should look a little like this. Mine are all different, but feel free to make yours all the same. Also, if your polish brushes get stained with the other colours while blending, rinse them with a little polish remover then wipe them dry before putting them back in the bottle to avoid mixing them (it might ruin your lighter colours).

  Step 5: clean up around your nails, apply topcoat, and you’re done!

I really hope you liked this design, and brighten up your day by giving it a go!

Thanks for looking, 

Kirsteen x