4 Top Tips For Beginner Nail Artists

Welcome back to my blog everyone!

Today I’m writing about my 4 top tips for beginner nail artists, I think every nail artist looks back to when they first started and thinks “why didn’t I do that?” Or, “why did I do that?” I certainly do.

So, if you’ve just started dabbling with nail polish and nail art, I hope this helps. Let’s get into it.

Tip 1:

Be gentle!

I know it’s sounds rather self-explanatory, but let me go on… This goes for everything in nail art, from nail care, to applying polish, to the art itself. For example, when I was first learning to stamp, I used way too much pressure. I couldn’t pick up the image for the life of me. So I tried just using a light roll, with hardly any pressure at all. What do you know, it came out perfect. I was also being too heavy handed when just painting my nails one colour, I kept getting patchy and streaky nails. It only needs a very light touch! This is true with everything I do in nail art, light pressure and being more careful gets much better results.

Tip 2:

A clean up brush is essential!

Everyone floods their cuticles every now and then, and cotton buds (q-tips) just don’t do it. You can’t get right into the cuticle area without messing your nail up or leaving little fuzzy bits everywhere. You can use a small paint brush, or an actual clean up brush designed for nails. I prefer actual clean up brushes because they’re designed to hold up to acetone, and none of the little bristles fall off. If you don’t clean your cuticle area, not only does it look messy, but your manicure won’t stay on for more than a few days without chipping or peeling.

Tip 3:

Don’t buy the expensive polishes and nail art products to begin with!

I know it’s tempting to buy the pricey indie polishes and other stuff, but try out some inexpensive products first, just to see if this is your thing. There’s no point in buying expensive products only to find that you don’t like nail art and that it really isn’t for you. Start off buying nail art stuff from AliExpress or Born Pretty Store, they take a few weeks to arrive as they’re coming from China. But the products are good! I love Born Pretty stamping plates. I’ve tried higher priced stamping plates like Lina, and BPS plates are just as good, and less than half the price.

Tip 4:

If you’re going to spend more money, spend it on a good base and top coat!

In my opinion, a good quick dry top coat and a good base coat is a must. The last thing you want is to have terrible staining or having to wait hours before applying nail vinyls or just going about your day. You can get good base coats, and quick dry top coats from £6 – £12 each. I personally think that spending more on a base coat and a top coat is really worth it.

So those are my top 4 tips for beginner nail artists, I hope this has helped!

Thank you for reading,

Anne. xXx

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Purple Ombre With White Stamping – Picture Tutorial

Hi everybody! Welcome to another picture tutorial, today I’ll be showing you how to create this gorgeous, intricate looking nail art design. We’ll being doing a purple ombre with white net flower stamping, we’ll also be putting a few purple diamantes in the flowers. This design looks very intricate and tricky, but, to be honest, it really isn’t. I will say however, that it is quite time consuming. So don’t attempt this design if you have plans within the next couple of hours.

Here’s a list of what I used and what you’re going to need:

  1. Nail and Cuticle oil. (Optional)
  2. Nail polish remover.
  3. A cotton bud/Q tip. (Optional)
  4. A nail file. (Optional)
  5. A base coat.
  6. White nail polish. (I’m using Sally Hansen’s White On)
  7. Liquid latex/palisade. (Optional)
  8. A make up sponge.
  9. 3 shades of purple polish. (I used Sally Hansen’s Uptempo Plum, China Glaze Better Not Pout and Essie’s Style Hunter)
  10. A small paint brush/clean up brush. (Optional)
  11. A top coat.

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If you’re going to do the stamping part of this design as well, you’ll need these:

  1. A stamper. (I’m using Born Pretty Stores clear jelly stamper)
  2. A scraper or old credit/membership card.
  3. A stamping plate with a net type design.
  4. Stamping polish or a thick, pigmented white polish. (I’m using Born Pretty Stores 6ml white stamping polish)

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I’m adding diamantes to my nails, but if you don’t have them, this design looks just as good without them.

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You don’t have to do a purple ombre, you can do any colour gradient you want.