All posts for the month May, 2016

Neon Splatter Nails

Published May 30, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week I wanted to do something bright and fun (but still quick) as the sun has been shining all week!

The design was inspired by NailsbyMiri (YouTube) and you can find her original design here: To give it a go you’ll need a white polish for your base, three neon polishes, and a clean drinking straw.

I’ve used Technic’s White for my base, and Mimosa, Electro, and Flamingo from the Party Brights collection for my neons.

Tip: this is really messy, so make sure you put down plenty of paper towels or news paper to stop the polish getting everywhere. Also put some tape around your nails, or like me, Vaseline around nails/fingers to make it easier to clean the excess polish off. Have some cotton buds and nail polish remover handy for this!

Step 1: paint your nails with two coats of white polish and let them dry.
Step 2: starting with the lightest of your polishes, dip the straw into the polish bottle to pick up some polish.
Step 3: hold the straw a few inches away from each nail and blow to spray the polish over it (repeat steps 2/3 for each nail).
Step 4: cut the polish covered end of the straw off and repeat steps 2 and 3 for your second colour.
Step 5: and again for your third colour (see what I mean about the mess!).
Step 6: while the polish is drying, use your cotton buds and nail polish remover to clean all the polish off your fingers.
Step 7: use a thin brush and polish remover to clean up any polish around the edges of your nails and cuticles, apply topcoat, and you’re done!

I really hope you liked this design, and give it a go too. Despite the mess it’s still quick and easy, and looks great in the sunshine!

Kirsteen x


Alice Through The Looking Glass Inspired Nails

Published May 23, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. I’m so excited for Friday this week to finally get to see Alice Through The Looking Glass, so I thought I’d try out some nails inspired by the movie!

In the movie Alice travels back in time, so I’ve done a couple of distorted clocks inspired by some of the movie posters I’ve seen, a playing card, and the Cheshire Cat’s eyes. For these designs you’ll need a white polish, black polish, a gold/brass polish, a turquoise polish, a thin brush, a fine dotting tool (or toothpick,) and a large dotting tool.

I’ve used Technic’s White, Jet Black, Lagoon, and Ginger.

Step 1: paint your middle and ring fingers black, and the rest white.
Step 2: the clocks! 
Start with your nail art brush and black polish and paint a rough outline of part of your distorted clocks on your thumb and pinky.

Paint some gold/brass on each side of the black, then add a dot where your want your clock hands to come from.

Go over your black line again if needed, then used your fine dotting tool to gently draw on some Roman numerals.

Lastly take your thin brush again and paint on some wonky clock hands.

Step 3: the playing card (I know I should have done a heart, but black went with the other nails better!).
Take your large dotting tool and place three black dots in a triangle.

Use your thin brush to draw a line in between the two bottom dots to create the spade.

Use your thin dotting tool to draw an ‘A’ on opposite corners of your nail.

Step 4: the Cheshire Cat’s eyes.
Use your thin brush and turquoise polish to paint an oval on each of the black nails.

If you don’t get it right first time, don’t worry. You can’t go back in time, but you can go back in with some black polish to tidy up!

Paint a line down the middle of each oval to create the cat eyes.

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

I really hope you liked this design, and I hope you enjoy the movie if you’re going to see it too!

Kirsteen x

Summer Party Nails (dark)

Published May 16, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week I’ve got a quick and easy party design that’s dark, but not too dark for summer.

Instead of using a solid black for my background, I used a sheer black polish I’d make for a previous tutorial (done my mixing some black polish into a bottle of clear). You’ll need this as your base colour, two pearlescent polishes in colours of your choice, a gold or silver, a matching gold or silver glitter polish, and a thin nail art brush.

I’ve used Technic’s Lagoon, Cactus Flower, Gun Metal, and Stardust. My DIY sheer polish is Clear with a few drops of Jet Black mixed in.

Step 1: paint your nails with two to four coats of your sheer polish and let it dry.
Step 2: use your thin brush and paint some wispy lines diagonally across the middle of your nails.
Step 3: repeat this with your second colour on each side of the first.
Step 4: add some wispy lines of gold/silver over both colours.

Step 5: go over your gold/silver polish with the matching glitter polish.
Tip: if your in a hurry (or want it to be a little more minimalistic) skip the coloured polishes and just add your silver/gold polish with the glitter on top.

Step 6: clean up around your nails, add topcoat, and you’re done!

I really hope you liked this design, and check back soon for a light summer party look!

Kirsteen x

Ombré Leopard Print Nails

Published May 9, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. I haven’t done leopard print nails in ages, and when I saw this design by the amazing @ohmygoshpolish on Instagram I had to give it a go.

It’s so bright and summery, but quick and easy too. The original design used blue, and I’ve went with turquoise/minty colours for mine. All you’ll need for this design is a white polish, four polishes in the same colour range going from dark to light, and a fine dotting tool (or toothpick).

Don’t worry if you don’t have all four shades you need, I couldn’t find a third polish to match my range right, so I mixed my second with a little white. The polished I’ve used are White, Sea Foam, South Pacific, and Pool Party, all by Technic.
Step 1: paint your nails with two coats of white polish and let it dry.
Step 2: starting at your cuticle, paint leopard print spots with your darkest colour on a quarter of your nail.
Tip: if your not sure about the best way to paint leopard print, check out my Back To Basics post here for some help and tips
Step 3: move onto your second colour and paint some leopard spots on the second quarter of your nail.
Step 4: then move to the third quarter with your third polish.
Step 5: and finally finish off your leopard spots on the tips of your nails with your lightest polish.
Tip: go back in with the corresponding polish and add little dots/curves to any big spaces between the leopard spots.
Step 6: clean up around your nails, apply topcoat, and your done!

I really hope you liked this design and give it a go with your favourite colour. Don’t forgot to check out @ohmygoshpolish on Instagram too!

Thanks for looking, Kirsteen x

Abstract Colour Block Nails

Published May 3, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week’s design is a nice and easy abstract colour block.

As easy as this design is, it is a little time consuming, so I’ve only done it on two nails. If you’ve got more time, feel free to do all of your nails, it will look fab! You’ll need three bold colours of your choice and some striping tape. If you don’t have striping tape, use masking tape cut into thin strips. 

My nails are a bit stained just now, so as well as the three bold colours, I used a sheer, nude polish on the nails the design was to be on to hide the stains. I’ve used Technic’s Moon as my nude, and South Pacific, Tango Red, and Cornflower.

Step 1: apply a base coat to the nails that will have the design on them (and nude if you’re using one) and paint the rest a solid colour.
Step 2: once dry, apply tape to the nude nails to make different sized squares and rectangles.
Step 3: fill them in with your bold colours, leaving one or two blank.
Step 4: remove the tape and let the polish dry.
Step 5: if there’s too much of a gap between some of the shapes, go back in with some polish on a thin brush and widen the shapes.
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