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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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Last Minute Easy Halloween Nails – Part 1

Published October 18, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi Everyone. This week I’ve got part one of some easy Halloween nails for everyone like me who leaves things like this to the last minute!This week my nails are Frankenstein inspired. All you’ll need for this is a silver, bright green, black polish, and a thin nail art brush.I’ve used Gun Metal, Electro, and Jet Black, all from Technic.

Step 1: once your base coat dries, apply two thin coats of silver polish and let it dry.
Step 2: paint the top half of your nails green, don’t worry about the line being neat as it’ll be covered up.
Step 3: take your black polish on your nail art brush and paint thin lines and crosses over the line where the polishes join, this will be Frankenstein’s stitches. (If you’ve got a little more time, you can always dry brush a little blood red polish over the nail before adding the stitches to make it a little more gory & less cartoony).

Step 4: clean up around your nails, add topcoat, and your ready to run!

I hope you liked this design, and don’t forget to check back next week for part 2.

Kirsteen x

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

Last Minute Ghost Nails

Published October 19, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone, I hope you’re all looking forward to Halloween! This week’s design is a fast and easy one that’s great for a last minute Halloween party (or just trick or treating). 

 To recreate it you’ll only need three things: a white polish, a black polish, and a dotting tool (any size). If you don’t have a dotting tool you can use a dry ball point pen, the end of a cheap makeup brush, a toothpick, or failing that even the polish brush! The great thing is that it doesn’t have to be neat, which makes it quicker, and each nail will look slightly different too.

 For this tutorial I’ve used Technic’s Jet Black and White. I’ve used my large dotting tool, but as I said above any size will do.

  Step 1: paint your nails with two coats of white polish and let it dry for 10 minutes.
  Step 2: dip your dotting tool in the black polish and dab on uneven blobs/ovals for the ghosts’ eyes (the size/length depends on your nails length).
  Step 3: load up your dotting tool with more black polish and dab on a big blob for the mouth ( if your nails are longer, try making this an oval instead of a circle).
  Step 4: give the black a few minutes to dry while you clean up around your nails, apply topcoat, and you’re done! Also, don’t worry if you smudge the black with your topcoat, with this design it still looks great (and like you meant it!).

I really hope you liked this years third and final Halloween design!

Thanks for looking, Kirsteen x

Blood-Drip Nails

Published October 12, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone, this week I’m back with a second Halloween themed design. These nails are really easy and would be a great last minute addition to any creepy or gory costume. 

 All you’ll need to recreate this design is a sheer nude polish for your base colour, a blood red polish, and a large dotting tool. 

 I’ve used Technic’s Moon for my base colour, and Persian Rose for the blood.

  Step 1: apply one coat of your sheer nude and let it dry.
  Step 2: create the drips with your red polish by pressing the dotting tool to your nails, then gently dragging the polish up to the tips.
  Step 3: load your dotting tool up with more red polish and dab it along the tips of your nails to join up the drips (let it dry and add a second layer if needed).
  Step 4: clean up around your nails, apply topcoat, and you’re done!

I really hope you liked this design and give it a go for Halloween.

Thanks for looking, Kirsteen x

Jack-O-Lantern Nails

Published October 5, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. It’s October already, which means it’s spooky season! Today’s post is the first of a few Halloween themed designs. The best part of this design is that it doesn’t have to be perfect, so don’t worry if you don’t have a steady hand, crooked smiles look better!

 It’s really easy to do and all you need is an Orange polish, a matching glitter polish (optional), a black polish, and a very small dotting tool or toothpick. 

 I’ve used Technic’s Sunset Strip, Kool Kiki, and Jet Black.

  Step 1: paint your nails with two coats of your orange polish.
  Step 2 (optional): apply one layer of your glitter polish and let it dry before moving on.
  Step 3: with your dotting tool and black polish, paint two horizontal triangles at the base of each nail for the eyes.
  Step 4: paint an upside down triangle beneath the eyes for the nose.
  Step 5: draw a jagged, curved line under each nose to create the mouth and let the black polish dry for 10 to 15 minutes so it doesn’t smudge.
  Step 6: clean up around your nails, apply topcoat, and you’re done!

I really hope you liked this Halloween themed design, I can’t wait to try out the next one!

Thanks for looking, Kirsteen x

5 Easy Halloween Nail Designs

Published October 27, 2014 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This weeks post is a long one as its a halloween five-in-one, and of course they’re all easy!

IMG_4192.JPG I’ve used a pile of polishes (all from Technic) so I’ll list what I’ve used for each design as I go. The only tools you’ll need are a small, a medium and a large dotting tool. If you don’t have dotting tools you can use a toothpick, a dry ballpoint pen and the end of an kirby grip/bobby pin. Remember to apply a base coat before you start!

Tips: dab the excess polish off the makeup sponge before sponging it on your nails; let each layer of polish dry before adding the next detail to avoid denting or smudging the layer under it & to avoid colours running together; clean your dotting tools with polish remover in between each colour.

Bloody Zombie Nails

This is one of two zombie skin nails I tried out and are inspired by a design by HelloMaphie. You can find her on YouTube and Instagram @hellomaphie.

IMG_4155.JPGFor this you’ll need a nude, a mossy green, a dark purple (bruise coloured), a dark red, a makeup sponge and a thin drinking straw. My polishes (l-r) are Moon, Damson, South Pacific and Persian Rose.

IMG_4195.JPG•Step 1: apply two coats of nude polish and let it dry.

•Step 2: sponge on the purple polish, but don’t completely cover the nail.

•Step 3: repeat step 2 with the mossy green polish.

•Step 4: lightly sponge on the red polish at the edges of the nail.

•Step 5: dip the straw into the red polish, hold it at an angle and a few centimetres away from your nail, and blow hard to splatter it (do this 2 or 3 times a different angles).

Pumpkin Nails

IMG_4160.JPGFor this design you’ll need black, white, orange, a large and a small dotting tool. I used Jet Black, White and Sunset Strip.

IMG_4196.JPG•Step 1: apply two coats of black and let it dry.

•Step 2: dip the large dotting tool into white polish, dab it in an oval shape and fill it in. I’ve done two but you can do more if your nails are longer.

•Step 3: dip the large dotting tool in the orange polish and go over the white (this makes the orange stand out better against the black background). Let them fully dry.

•Step 4: dip the small dotting tool in the black polish and dab on two eyes on each pumpkin shape. For the mouth dab a line of dots or a zigzag.

Spider Nails

IMG_4159.JPGHere you’ll need a black, a white, a large dotting tool and a small one. I used Jet Black and White.

IMG_4198.JPG•Step 1: apply two coats of white and let it dry.

•Step 2: dip the large dotting tool in the black polish, dab it in a rough circle and fill it in to make the spider’s fuzzy body.

•Step 3: dip the small dotting tool in the black polish and paint 8 upside down ‘V’s (4 on each side) for the legs.

•Step 4: place 2 white dots with the small dotting tool where you’d like the eyes to be, dip it in black polish and dab it lightly in the centre of each for the pupils.

Eyeball (or witch’s boil) Nails

Originally these were supposed to be eyeballs, but they didn’t turn out as good as I would have liked. They look a little like the boils you’d see on a witch mask instead. Either way it’s a good halloween look!

IMG_4158.JPGFor this you’ll need a black, a white, a bright green or yellow, and your small, medium and large dotting tools. I’ve used Jet Black, White and Mimosa.

IMG_4197.JPG•Step 1: apply two coats of black polish and let it dry.

•Step 2: dip the large dotting tool in white polish and place large white dots where you want the eyeballs (or boils) to be.

•Step 3: using the medium dotting tool place a dot of your green/yellow polish in the middle of each white spot.

•Step 4: with the small dotting tool, place a black dot in the middle of the green/yellow dots for the pupil.

•Step 5: dip the small dotting tool in white polish and lightly dap a small spot of white, off centre, in each black dot for a highlight.

Stitched-Up Zombie Nails

For the last design you’ll need the same polishes from the first design along with a black. You’ll also need a small dotting tool and a makeup sponge. I used Moon, South Pacific, Damson, Persian Rose and Jet Black.

IMG_4194-0.JPG•Step 1: apply two coats of your nude and let it dry.

•Step 2: sponge on your mossy green polish, again don’t completely cover the base colour.

•Step 3: sponge on the purple polish (doing green then purple will make it look more bruised).

•Step 4: sponge on a little red around the edges and across the middle.

•Step 5: with the small dotting tool and black polish draw lines across your nail at different angles (again I’ve done 2 but you can do more if your nails are longer).

•Step 6: again using the small dotting tool and black polish, draw several short lines across the longer lines to look like stitches.

IMG_4192-0.JPGLastly for all five designs, don’t forget to apply your topcoat!.

I really hope you enjoyed this tutorial and liked the designs. Thanks for reading.

Kirsteen x