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Rose Gold Party Nails

Published November 28, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone! We’re only a few days away from the start of December and the countdown to Christmas has already started, which also means the start of party season! This year rose gold is the on trend colour for the season, so my first party nails of the season are a rose gold and black ombr√©.To recreate the look yourself you’ll need two rose gold polishes (a lighter and a darker one), a rose gold glitter to match the darker rose gold polish, a black polish, and a makeup sponge. You’ll also need some polish remover and cotton buds for clean-up. I also used a small nail art brush to apply vaseline around my nails to make clean-up easier. The polishes I’ve used here are Seashell, Ginger, Izzy Whizzy, and Jet Black, all by Technic. Since I was using glitter, I also used Technic’s peel off base coat to make removing it easier.

Step 1: once your base coat dries, apply one coat of the lighter rose gold polish and let it dry.
Step 2: apply all three polishes onto the makeup sponge like this and dab off the excess. You’ll need to repeat this inbetween each nail.
Step 3: sponge the colours onto your nails with the black polish at the tips. You’ll need to apply two to three layers so the polishes are opaque enough, so just remember to give each layer a few minutes to dry before adding the next.
Step 4: use the corner of the sponge to dab some glitter polish over the darker rose gold.
Step 5: clean up around your nails, apply topcoat, and you’re ready to party!
I really hope you liked this design and try it out yourself. If you want a more subtle look you can always skip the glitter polish step, or add a matte top coat.

Have fun and stay safe,

Kirsteen x

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Sparkling Snowstorm Nails

Published November 21, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone, this week I’ve done a sparkly, abstract snowstorm look. I always love snowflake nail art but find it hard to do myself, but I was really please with how this one turned out.For this design you’ll need a black polish, a frosty blue, frosty white, silver glitter, makeup sponge, and two different sized dotting tools.I’ve used Technic’s Jet Black, Turkish Sea, Angel Gown, and Stardust. The dotting tool I used is double ended with two different sizes.

Step 1: once your base coat dries, paint your nails with two coats of black polish and let it dry.
Step 2: sponge a little of your frosty blue over the black.
Step 3: with your bigger dotting tool, place two to four dots on each nail.
Step 4: fill in the rest of your nail with smaller dots.

Step 5: (excuse the lack of picture, stupid me forgot to take one) use your dotting tools to place some silver glitter polish over all the dots.

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

I really hope you liked this easy, alternative take on snowstorm/snowflake nails.

Kirsteen x

Cozy Sweater Nails

Published November 14, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This is a design I’ve seen all over Instagram since last year, but it’s always been done in 3D with gel or acrylic. I’ve used ordinary polish, and used a little white polish to make the pattern stand out. It may not be 3D, but it still looks the part!All I used was a nude polish, a white polish, and a small dotting tool (a toothpick would work great too).The polishes I used were Technic’s Chocolate Milkshake and White.

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

Step 2: mix together 2-3 drops of nude and 2 drops of white polish, just enough that the nude polish ends up slightly lighter than what it started off.

Step 3: take your dotting too and place a small, diagonal line in the middle of your nail, just above the cuticle.
Step 4: add a couple of small, vertical lines like this.
Step 5: repeat this until you reach the tip of your nail, then add some little dashes down each side of the squiggles.
Step 6: add some diagonal lines on each side of your nail like this.
Step 7: repeat for each nail and they should end up something like this.
Step 8: clean up around your nails, add topcoat, and you’re done!
I really hope you liked this cozy, winter design, and give it a go with your favourite nude polish.

Kirsteen x

Winter Dotticure 

Published November 8, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone, this week I’ve got a dark, wintery and sparkly dotticure to share. It’s a perfect (and easy) night out look, but won’t look out of place during the day either.For the design you’ll need a black polish for your base, a pale blue, silver, darker blue (but not too dark), a silver glitter polish, and two dotting tools (small and medium).Here I’ve used Technic’s Jet Black, Mr Blue Sky, Gun Metal, Stardust, and Cornflower.
Step 1: once your base coat dries, apply two thin layers of your black polish and let it dry.
Step 2: starting with your pale blue polish, place some dots with your two dotting tools on the bottom two thirds of your nail. Concentrate them at the cuticle so it resembles a gradient, but don’t add too many.
Step 3: repeat this with your silver polish.
Step 4: add some silver glitter polish over the silver dots.
Step 5: repeat step 2 with your darker blue polish.
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 too, 

Kirsteen x