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January Blues

Published January 9, 2017 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone, Happy New Year! I hope you all had a great time over Christmas and New Year. I know this is usually when the January blues kick in, so I thought I’d try out a little blue mix and match to cheer me up. I was inspired by a few different designs by the very talented @handjobsbyalison on Instagram. I’ve done a mix of marble, metallic and polka dots, as well as shiny and matte. All you’ll need is three polishes (blue, white, and silver), a small dotting tool, and a few bits of cling film/plastic wrap.The polishes I’ve used are Technic’s Cornflower, Gun Metal, and White.

Step 1: paint your middle finger with two coats of silver, your thumb and pinky two coats of blue, and the others with one coat of white.
Step 2: on the white nail, use the polish brushes to blob on some white and blue polish.
Step 3: place a piece of cling film over the nail and gently pat it down.
Step 4: peel it off carefully and you’ll be left with a marble print (and a mess, clean it up with a small brush and polish remover before it dries).

 Step 5: use your small dotting tool and place some white polka dots on your blue nails.
Step 6: clean up around your nails, add topcoat, and you’re done! I also added a matte topcoat to my thumb and ring finger, but that’s optional.
I really hope you liked this design, thanks for stopping by, and I hope you have an amazing 2017.

Kirsteen x

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

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