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Last Minute Day-To-Night Party Nails

Published December 20, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone, this week I’ve got an easy, last minute look that won’t look too over the top for a daytime party either.All you’ll need are three polishes and a thin nail art brush. You’ll need a gold or silver polish and two dark colours (I’ve went with green and red, but choose colours to match your party outfit).The polishes I’ve used are Technic’s Seashell, Persian Rose, and Sea Foam.

Step 1: paint your nails with two coats of your gold or silver and let it fully dry.
Step 2: with your thin brush and one of your dark colours, paint a curved/wavy line a third if the way up your nail.
Step 3: use the polish brush and thin brush to fill it in. Tip: clean up any mess as you go to avoid the dark colours staining your skin.
Step 4: repeat steps 2 and 3 with your other dark colour on the top third of your nails.
Step 5: clean up around your nails, apply topcoat, and you’re done!

You could always make it a little more glam by adding some glitter over the gold/silver base, or make it more subtle by adding a matte top coat.

I really hope you liked this design, and hope everyone has a great Christmas!

Kirsteen x

Subtle Christmas Nails – Polka Dot Baubles

Published December 12, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week’s design is a lovely (and easy) design for everyone out their who loves a bit of Christmas nail art, but either doesn’t want to go full on, or can’t have anything too over the top at work or school.You can use any colours you like for your baubles: anything from one to five colours, and matching glitter polishes. You’ll also need a white polish, black polish, and two dotting tools (one small and one large).I’ve used Technic’s White, Jet Black, Ginger, Gun Metal, Izzy Whizzy, and Stardust. 

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

Step 2: using your large dotting tool, place five dots on each nail (don’t forget to clean the dotting tool in between each colour).
Step 3: switch to the small dotting tool and place a little black dot on the top of each of the larger dots to make the baubles.
Step 4: switch back to the large dotting tool and go over each dot with the corresponding glitter polish (again, don’t forget to clean the dotting tool in between each colour).
Step 5: clean up around your nails, add topcoat, and you’re done!

I really hope you enjoyed this subtle and sparkly Christmas look, and give it a go with your favourite colours,
Kirsteen x

Easy Christmas Tree Nails

Published December 5, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week my Christmas tree is going up, so I thought I needed matching nails to go with it!All you’ll need to try them out yourself is a gold (or silver) base colour, a pearly dark green, a pearly red, striping tape (or masking tape), and two dotting tools (small and medium).I’ve used Technic’s Seashell, Zephyr, Sea Foam, and Rococco. I mixed Zephyr and Sea Foam to get my tree colour as one was a little light and the other too dark.

Step 1: apply two thin coats of your base colour and let it dry completely.
Step 2: use your green polish and small dotting tool to mark out the points of your trees so they aren’t crooked.

Step 3: place tape on your nails like this, matching up with the dots you placed.
Step 4: add a few green dots in each triangle with your medium dotting tool.
Step 5: fill in the rest with small green dots.
Step 6: add a few red dots on each side with your small dotting tool for baubles.
Step 7: carefully remove the tape from your nails for sharp lines.
Step 8: clean up around your nails, add topcoat, and you’re done!

I really hope you liked this design, and try it out with colours to match your own tree 🙂

Kirsteen x

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 ombré.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

Last Minute Christmas Party Nails

Published December 21, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. I hope you’ve all been enjoying your Christmas parties so far, and incase you’ve got any last minute parties I’ve got some last minute party nails for you! 

 Instead of the usual bright, red or green Christmas nails, I went for a soft and girly option. To recreate it you’ll need a pastel pink base colour, a pastel glitter polish, a nude polish, nail striping tape, and some bow nail decals and gems. 

 I’ve used Technic’s Candy, Ice Cream Ella, Chocolate Milkshake, and to make it easy to get off I’ve used their new peel off base coat. The bow nail decals and gems I’ve used are some of the goodies I got from my Technic advent calendar. The great thing about the decals and gems is they are self adhesive, so no nail glue or extra topcoat needed.

  Step 1: if you have any, apply a layer of peel off base coat and let it dry.
  Step 2: apply one coat of your pastel base colour.
  Step 3: apply your glitter polish to the bottom third of your nails and let if dry.
  Step 4: tape off the bottom third of your nails like this.
  Step 5: fill in the rest of your nails with your nude polish and remove the tape straight away.
  Step 6: using tweezers, carefully peel the bow decals off the backing paper and place them over the line between polishes.
  Step 7: place the gems in the centre of the bows.
  
 Step 8: clean up around your nails, apply a thick layer of topcoat to smooth everything out, have a glass of bubbly while they dry, and you’re done! 

I really hope you liked this design, and have a brilliant time over the holidays. Thanks for looking, Merry Christmas!

Kirsteen x

5-in-1 Christmas Nail Art

Published December 15, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week I thought I’d show you five cute Christmas designs that are really quick and easy to do. 

 I used a total of 8 polishes for all five designs, but the most one design used was four. I also used a thin nail art brush, a small dotting tool, and a large one. I’ll let you know as I go along what I used for each design. 

 The polishes I used are Rococco, Electro, Moon, Ginger, White, Jet Black, Sunset Strip, and Christmas Cracker, all from Technic.

Tip: don’t forget to clean your tools with polish remover in between colours!

Rudolph: 

 For Rudolph, paint your nail with a brown or bronze polish. Use a large dotting tool and place two dots for eyes near the base of your nail. Take your red and paint a large half circle with the polish brush at the tip. Use your small dotting tool and black polish and place small dots at the centre of the white ones for pupils.

Elf Suit: 

 Paint your nail with two coats of green polish and let it dry. Use your thin brush and black polish to paint a line across the middle of your nail (3-5mm thick). Use either your small dotting tool or brush and paint a gold square over the middle of the black line for a belt buckle.

Santa: 

 Start off with a nude polish for your base. Dab white polish on the top third of your nail with your large dotting tool for Santa’s beard. Place two dots above this for eyes, and a red dot for his nose. Use the small dotting tool and black polish for pupils. Go in with red polish on your large dotting tool and fill in the nail above the eyes. Give it a few minutes to dry then dab white along the edge above the eyes to finish off his hat. 

Snowman: 

 Paint your nail with two coats of white polish and let it dry. Use your large dotting tool and black polish to create his coal eyes. Switch to your small dotting tool and place a curved, dotted smile for his coal mouth (start in the middle and work out if you want it even). Take some orange polish and your small dotting tool and draw a small triangle for his carrot nose.

Christmas Tree Bauble: 

 This one is probably the easiest (and quickest) and perfect for a Christmas party! Paint your nail red (you can change the colour if you like). Apply a coat of matching glitter polish and let it dry. Use you small dotting tool and gold polish to paint a small rectangle at the base of your nail (the top of the bauble).

  
 The last step for each design is to clean up around your nails, apply topcoat, and you’re ready for Santa!
I really hope you liked these designs, and give them a try yourself. Thanks for looking,

Merry Christmas! 

Kirsteen x

Christmas Present Nails

Published December 7, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week’s design is the first one of December, so I thought I’d start off with some pressies!  

 All you’ll need to try it yourself is a base colour, a gold or silver polish for the ribbon, two glitter polishes (one to match your base colour and one to match your ribbons), a thin nail art brush, and a small/medium dotting tool. 

 I went for red and silver to match my Christmas tree colours this year. I’ve used Technic’s Rococco, Gun Metal, Stardust, and the appropriately named Christmas Cracker.

  Step 1: once your base coat dries, apply two coats of your base colour and let it dry.
  Step 2: take your nail art brush and silver/gold polish and paint a thin stripe across the top third of your nails.
Tip: the best way to get straight, horizontal lines is to rest both hands on the table, keep the brush still and rotate your nail. 

  Step 3: paint a thin, vertical line up the outside half of your nails.
  Step 4: with the tip of your brush, paint a small X where the two lines overlap.
  Step 5: go over your ribbons with the matching glitter and let it dry.
  Step 6: use your dotting tool and base colour and place a dot where the lines cross.
  Step 7: dab the matching glitter polish over the dots and let it dry.
  Step 8: clean up around your nails, apply topcoat, and you’re done!

I really hope you liked this design, and give it a go in your own colour scheme. Thanks for looking,

Kirsteen x