All posts tagged marble

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


Easy Marble Nails

Published August 29, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. Marble nails are back and everywhere right now, so this week’s post is about how to get the look easily, and quickly. It can be done with either a black or white base, but I’ve done both here just to demonstrate.For it you’ll need a black and a white polish, some cling film/plastic wrap, and very thin nail art brush.I’ve used Technic’s White and Jet Black.

Step 1: once your base coat dries paint your nails with either two coats of white, or two coats of black polish and let them dry.
Step 2: take the opposite of your base colour, apply a little to your scrunched-up piece of cling film, dab off the excess, then dab over your nails.
Step 3: repeat this again, except with the first polish to grey out the second polish slightly.
Step 4: dip your nail art brush in your second polish, wipe off the excess, and brush some whispy lines across your nails (if they look too solid, go over your nails lightly with the base polish and cling film again).
Step 5: clean up around your nails, apply a good amount of topcoat to help blur the ‘pattern’ a bit more, and you’re done!

I really hope you liked this easy design and hope you give it a go too, 

Kirsteen x

Dry Marble Nails

Published March 9, 2015 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week’s design is a lovely marble design, no water needed. I have done water marble a few times, and as much as I love the result it’s really time consuming and messy. This dry marble is quick and mess is minimal.

You can use any colour combination you like and the polishes always blend well. You’ll need a light coloured polish, one or two medium polishes, a dark polish, and ten small squares of cling film (plastic wrap). I’ve seen a lot of people do dry marble by swirling the polish with a toothpick or thin brush, but I prefer this method as the cling film lifts off the excess polish so it doesn’t take forever to dry.

I’ve used three polishes today, Pool Party, Seashell and Sea Foam, all by Technic (and of course the cling film). I wouldn’t recommend using any more than four polishes or it will look muddy.

Step 1: after your base coat dries, paint your nails with one coat of your light polish and let it dry.

Step 2: place blobs of each polish on your nail, lightest to darkest; lay a peice of cling film over your nail and pat it down; gently peel it off and scrape the polish off your skin with a toothpick (this step works best if you go one nail at a time).

Step 3: repeat Step 2 for each nail and they’ll look something this this. Once they’re all done use a cotton bud or thin brush and nail polish remover to clean any remaining polish off your skin.

Step 4: once you’ve cleaned up, apply your topcoat and your done!

As I said above you can use any colours you like, but I opted for green and gold since St Patrick’s day is next week. I really hope you liked this design and give it a try.

Thanks for looking,

Kirsteen x