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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

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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

Winter Dotticure 

Published November 8, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone, this week I’ve got a dark, wintery and sparkly dotticure to share. It’s a perfect (and easy) night out look, but won’t look out of place during the day either.For the design you’ll need a black polish for your base, a pale blue, silver, darker blue (but not too dark), a silver glitter polish, and two dotting tools (small and medium).Here I’ve used Technic’s Jet Black, Mr Blue Sky, Gun Metal, Stardust, and Cornflower.
Step 1: once your base coat dries, apply two thin layers of your black polish and let it dry.
Step 2: starting with your pale blue polish, place some dots with your two dotting tools on the bottom two thirds of your nail. Concentrate them at the cuticle so it resembles a gradient, but don’t add too many.
Step 3: repeat this with your silver polish.
Step 4: add some silver glitter polish over the silver dots.
Step 5: repeat step 2 with your darker blue polish.
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 too, 

Kirsteen x

Cute Hot Chocolate Nails

Published February 1, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. So it hasn’t snowed here (yet), but the weather is still horrible. Definitely hot chocolate weather! 

 These cute and easy hot chocolate and marshmallow nails were inspired by some jewellery I saw on Instagram. To try it yourself you’ll need a milky chocolate polish, a white, a pastel pink, a black, a thin nail art brush, and a small dotting tool. 

 I’ve used Technic’s Chocolate Milkshake, White, Bubblegum, and Jet Black.

  Step 1: for the hot chocolate part of the design, paint your thumb and pinky nails with a thin coat if your chocolate polish.
  Step 2: working one nail at a time, apply a thicker layer of your chocolate polish; while it’s still wet use your nail art brush to swirl a little bit of white polish through it.
  Step 3: moving on to the marshmallows: paint your middle finger white, and the other two pink.
  Step 4: take your dotting tool and black polish, and place eyes on each marshmallow nail.
  Step 5: use your nail art brush with your black polish now and add little smiles to your marshmallows.
  Step 6: if you’ve made any mistakes with the black polish, go back in with your pink or white on the brush and touch up the little smiles.
  Step 7: once the black polish is dry, apply topcoat and you’re done!

All you’ll need now is a nice mug of hot chocolate to go with your nails, not forgetting the marshmallows!

I hope you liked this cute design, thanks for looking,

Kirsteen x

Snow Storm Nails

Published January 25, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. This week I’ve tried out a frosty design inspired by all the snow that everyone’s been getting recently. 

 All you need for this design is a white polish, a silver polish, a pearly/frosty white polish, and two dotting tools (a medium & a small). 

 For my nails I’ve used White, Gardenia, and Gun Metal, all by Technic. The dotting tool I’ve used is double ended.

  Step 1: paint your nails with two thin coats of your white polish.
  Step 2: add a thin layer of your pearly/frosty polish (starting with the white base will mean less streaks in this polish).
  Step 3: use your large dotting tool and place some silver dots in the top third of your nails.
  Step 4: repeat this with your white polish, but with slightly more white dots & go about half way down your nails.
  Step 5: add a few silver dots with your small dotting tool.
  Step 6: go back in with your white polish and small dotting tool and add a few white dots, concentrating them at the tips of your nails.
  Step 7: give the polish time to dry, clean up around your nails, apply topcoat and you’re done!

I really hope you liked this design, and if your area is getting hit with heavy snow just now, stay safe and stay warm!

Thanks for looking,

Kirsteen x

Cosy Layered Nails (no tools) 

Published January 5, 2016 by beginnersnailart

Hi everyone. I hope you all had a great time over the holidays. I thought I’d start off January with something soft and cosy, but really easy. 

 All you’ll need to give this a go is a nude polish and two contrasting winter colours that go well together. There’s no tools needed as you use the polish brush.  

 For mine I’ve used three new polishes from Technic. I used Chocolate Milkshake for my nude base, and Cornflower and Rosebud for the two winter colours.

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

   Step 2: start with the lighter of your two winter polishes, and use the polish brush to paint on a soft/curved layer. I’ve done a mix, but you can make them all the name of you prefer.

For my thumb and middle nail I painted a line starting from a third of the way down, the second one from the middle, and last from the last third. On my ring finger I painted and ‘S’ covering two thirds of the nail, and just a diagonal curve on the other two.

  Step 3: repeat Step 2 with the darker of the two colours, let it dry and add a second layer if needed.
  Step 4: clean up around your nails, add a a topcoat, and you’re done!

I hope you liked this really easy design to ease you into the new year.

  Bonus Step: if you have one, add a matte topcoat. This will make the designs even more soft and cosy looking.

Thanks for looking, 

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