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Last Minute Easy Halloween Nails – Part 2

Published October 24, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. Part 2 of my easy, last minute Halloween nails is a (not so) nice blood and gore look. Looks horrible (perfect to go with a lot of costumes) it’s quick as you don’t need to be neat, and there’s not a great deal of polish used so it dries quick.For it you’ll need a nude base polish, a dark purple, three reds: really dark, dark, and blood red, a clear polish/topcoat, makeup sponge, small dotting tool, and a small nail art brush.I’ve used Technic’s Moon, Morello, Persian Rose, Tango Red, Pillar Box, and Clear.

Step 1: paint your nails with two coats of your nude polish, let it dry a bit, but not all the way.
Step 2: use your dotting tool to scrape into the polish where you want the gouges/cuts to be on your nails. You can make them any size and do as many as you like.
Step 3: use your nail art brush and paint some dark purple polish in the centre of each cut, avoiding the sides.
Step 4: use the makeup sponge and sponge a tiny amount of the middle red polish over the cuts to make it lookall  bruised and infected.
Step 5: with your brush paint dark red polish over the middle, sides and edges of each cut, making it look all oozy.
Step 6: take the bright, blood red polish on your brush now and add a little of that to the centre of each cut.
Step 7: after you’ve given the red a few minutes to dry it’s time for topcoat, but instead of applying it all over your nail, use your nail art brush and apply it just to the cuts. This will make it look wet against the rest of the nail. 
If you want to use this as part of a costume you can make it even more gory by adding some dark, blood red lip gloss (or lipstick mixed with Vaseline) around and under your nails. It’s still as messy as fake blood but not as runny!

I hope you liked this design, and don’t forget to check back next week for the third and final Halloween design.

Kirsteen x

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Steampunk Nails

Published October 10, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week I tried out some steampunk inspired nails, inspired by the lovely Vintageortacky’s first Halloween video of the year: a fabulous Steampunk Seamstress. You can check out the video of her makeup and costume here  https://youtu.be/MAEfyLQ3TKE For this design I used 9 different polishes: black, nude, bronze, rose gold, silver, metallic blue, metallic purple, and two chunky glitters. I also used a thin nail art brush, a small, medium, and large dotting tool, and a makeup sponge.The polishes I used are Jet Black, Chocolate Milkshake, Ginger, Seashell, Gun Metal, Turkish Sea, Orchid Mist, Money Bags, and Isla Bonita, all by Technic. I also used Technic’s peel off base coat on the nails I’ve used glitter on.

Step 1: stupid me forgot to take a picture, but I painted my thumb with my bronze polish, my middle finger rose gold, and the rest black.

Step : using black polish and my nail art brush I painted the sides of my middle nails black.
Step 3: I wiped off the excess polish and painted on some criss-cross lines to lace up the ‘corset’.

 Step 4: using the makeup sponge, I sponged on some black, blue, and purple polish over my thumb and let it dry.
Step 5: I used the polish brush from the nude polish and swiped a curve over half of my thumb (for part of the clock face).
Step 6: I used a large dotting tool and bronze polish for numbers, then black polish and nail art brush to outline the clocks edge and paint on hands.
Step 7: I sponged on some silver and bronze polish over the black nails where I wanted the cogs/gears to be.
Step 8: I used my medium dotting tool and bronze polish and painted a curved line over the silver polish.
Step 9: I then used my brush to add some spokes and teeth.
Step 10: I repeated steps 8 and 9 with the silver polish over the bronze.
Step 11: I then used my small dotting tool to pick up individual glitter pieces from the chunky gold glitter and placed them down each side of the corset nail, then used it to place some of the mixed glitterin-between  the cogs for a hint of sparkle.
Step 12: at last, clean up around your nails, add a generous amount of topcoat, and you’re finally done!
I really hope you liked this design, and don’t forget to check out Vintageortacky’s video at the link above.

Kirsteen x

Autumn/Fall Nails

Published September 26, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week’s design is kind of an autumn tree-loosing-it’s-leaves look. It was inspired by a gorgeous design by @talialouisenails on Instagram.The design was really easy to do, and I was surprised how little time it took too. To give it a go yourself you’ll need a nude base colour, a black polish for the tree trunk/branches, three autumn leaf coloured polishes, a thin nail art brush, and two dotting tools (one small and one medium to large).The polishes I used are Chocolate Milkshake, Jet Black, Rosebud, Ginger, Mars, and Canary, all by Technic. I wanted a light orangey/yellow for my third colour, so I mixed Mars and Canary to get this. For the dots I used a double ended dotting tool.

Step 1: once your base coat dries, apply two thin coats of your nude polish and let it dry.
Step 2: with your nail art brush and black polish, paint a rough tree trunk shape on one nail with branches touching the edges of your nail, and the carry the wispy branches over the other nails on each side (this doesn’t have to be neat, so don’t worry).
Step 3: take the darkest of your autumn colours and place some large dots over the branches, and some smaller ones further out.
Step 4: repeat this with the second colour (don’t forget to wipe off the dotting tool inbetween colours).
Step 5: then again with the lightest colour, and give the polish a little time to dry.
Step 6: clean up around your nails, apply topcoat, and you’re done!

This design would look great with a matte topcoat too, so if you have one give it a go. I hope you liked it!

Kirsteen x

Easy Scalloped Nails

Published September 5, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. Another throwback nail look I’ve been seeing everywhere recently is scalloped nails. I didn’t try them when they were doing the rounds originally, so I couldn’t wait to try them this time around.They were really easy to do, but a little time consuming. So if you don’t have a lot of time it would look fab as an accent nail too. All you’ll need is four polishes and a large dotting tool. Tip: give each layer a few minutes to dry, and clean your dotting tool inbetween polishes.For mine, I used Technic’s Chocolate Milkshake, Rosebud, Cornflower, and Ginger.

Step 1: paint a thin coat of your first colour on your nails, then a second coat on just the bottom third.
Step 2: take your dotting tool and place a row of dots using your second colour just below your cuticles.
Step 3: move on to your third colour and place the row of dots so it just slightly overlaps the second colour.
Step 4: repeat this with your fourth colour…
Step 5: and then back to your first colour again.
Step 6: repeat steps 2 to 5 until you reach the tips of your nails.
Step 7: clean up around your nails, apply topcoat, and you’re done!

I really hope you liked this design, and give it a go as a full mani or just one or two accent nails!

Kirsteen x

Autumn Flowers

Published August 22, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone! I’m back after a bit of a summer break with some easy Autumn flowers.

To give this look a go you’ll need a pale gold polish for your base, a pinky/ red/burgundy, orange, bottle green, and three dotting tools (small, medium, and large).

I’ve used Technic’s Seashell for my base colour, and Rosebud, Calypso, and Sea Foam for the flowers.
Step 1: once your base coat dries, apply two coats of your base colour and let it dry.
Step 2: using your large dotting tool and burgundy polish, place four dots together like this to start off the flowers.
Step 3: use your meduim dotting tool and orange polish, and place four smaller dots over the larger burgundy ones.
Step 4: place a dot in the centre of each group of dots with your green polish and medium dotting tool to finish off the flowers.
Step 5: with your small dotting tool, place a few green dots beside the flowers.
Step 6: clean up around your nails while your flowers dry, apply topcoat, and you’re done!

I really hope you liked this design and give it a try with your favourite Autumn polishes.

Kirsteen x

Autumn/Winter Colour-Block Nails

Published November 30, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week’s design is an easy colour-block done with Autumn/Winter colours. The design was inspired by a gorgeous design by MissQuirkyChic, and the colour combination was inspired by the colours used in a video by Nailstorming.

You can see their original videos here: https://youtu.be/kCl1BOirCx4 and here: https://youtu.be/2sreQc0xn9U.

 For this design you’ll need a pale yellow base colour, four Autumn colours, a dotting tool or toothpick, and some striping tape. If you don’t have any striping tape you can use masking tape cut into thin strips. 

 I’ve used Technic’s Canary, Persian Rose, South Pacific, Damson, and Ginger.

  Step 1: once your base coat dries, paint your nails with two thin coats of your yellow and let it fully dry.

 Step 2: cut thin strips of tape and section your nails off into sections (between 3 to 5).

  Step 3: use your dotting tool to fill in each section with your choice of Autumn/Winter colours (remember to clean it with polish remover in between colours).

  Step 4: as soon as you’ve finished filling in the sections, carefully remove the tape (tweezers are handy here).

  Step 6: give the sections 10 minutes to dry, clean up around your nails, apply topcoat and you’re done!

I really hope you liked this design. Don’t forget to mix up the colours to match your winter outfit! Thanks for looking,

Kirsteen x

Winter Plaid Nails

Published November 16, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. Since it’s been getting really cold lately, I thought I’d try out some plaid nails in winter colours. 

 This is really easy to do and all you’ll need is three polishes and a thin nail art brush. For the polishes choose two dark, winter colours and a bronze/gold polish. 

 For mine I’ve used Technic’s Sea Foam, Morello, and Ginger. Don’t forget to clean your nail art brush properly with acetone polish remover in between colours. 

  Step 1: apply two coats of the lighter of your two dark polishes and let it dry (don’t forget a basecoat to avoid staining!).
  Step 2: using the darker of your two polishes and your nail art brush, paint a horizontal line across your nails just below your cuticles, and a vertical line down the outside third of your nails (kind of like an off centre cross).
  Step 3: once you’ve got the lines how you like them, go back and thicken them up so they’re about 5mm wide.
  Step 4: using your bronze polish and nail art brush, paint a thin line under the thick horizontal one and another to the left of the vertical one.
  Step 5: go back in with the darkest polish and paint over the bronze lines so it looks like the darker lines overlap them.
  Step 6: take the bronze polish again and paint a thin line across the tips of your nails, and then a vertical line down the inside of your nails.
  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 with colours to match your own winter outfits! Thanks for looking,

Kirsteen x