Christmas Nail Art Tutorial – Winter Wonderland

Hey guys!

I’m cutting it close, but I think I’ve got time to squeeze in one last Christmas tutorial! Can you believe that Christmas is just a little over two days away? This year has gone by so fast!

This tutorial is for my Winter Wonderland design that I posted a couple of days ago. It’s actually quite easy, just a little time consuming.

Keep reading for the tutorial!

Supplies:

  • Base and top coat
  • Three shades of blue creme polish: dark, medium and light
  • White creme polish
  • Makeup sponge
  • Black dotting tool (you could use a toothpick if you don’t own dotting tools)
  • Small nail art brush
Step 1:
Apply your base coat.

Step 2:
Paint all of your nails with your lightest shade of blue.

Step 3:
After allowing your light blue polish to dry, follow the steps in my gradient tutorial to create a smooth gradient using the three shades of blue. The darkest shade should be near your cuticle and work down to the lightest shade at the tip.

Step 4:
Using your nail art brush and the white polish, create snowy mounds at the tips. Don’t worry about the shapes being perfect because they should be irregular – just like fallen snow!

Step 5:
To create the trees, first start with a small vertical line. Add an arrow shape at the top. Then, working your way down the length of the tree, draw horizontal lines to create branches. As you work your way down to the base of the tree, the horizontal lines should continue to get longer. If you wish, you can curve your branches slightly upwards like I did, but you might find it easier to just create straight lines, which is also fine.

Step 6:
Using your small dotting tool or toothpick, add some dots in the empty space around the trees to simulate falling snow.

Step 7:
After allowing your design to dry, add a layer of your favorite top coat. This will make your new mani last longer, it will smooth out any bumps and ridges that have been created during the process, and it will also give your nails a nice shine.

I hope this tutorial was helpful! And if you try this design out for yourself, be sure to share it with me on the Nails by Kayla Shevonne Facebook page! Or, share in on Instagram and tag me (@kaylashevonne) in your post!

Thanks for looking!

Nail Art Tutorial – Ikat Print Design

Hey guys!

As some of you may have seen, yesterday I posted on twitter that for the first time in a very long time, my to-swatch bin is completely empty! I felt pretty good about that!

So without anything to swatch right now, I figured I’d get to work on some tutorials for you! The one I’m starting with is my Ikat print design, which I’ve shown you before both here and here. It’s super easy as long as you have the right materials, so I encourage everyone to give this one a try!

Keep reading on for the step-by-step tutorial!

Supplies:

  • Base and top coat
  • Two polish colours of your choosing (I chose yellow and teal today, but as you can see below, I’ve done this design with several other colour combos)
  • Black and white striping polishes (The ones I’m using are my go-to stripers from the It’s So Easy brand, which can be found at Sally Beauty Supply)
Step 1:
Apply your base coat.

Step 2:
Paint all of your nails with whichever polish you chose as your base colour.

Step 3:
After allowing your base colour to dry, take your white striping polish and create one or two irregular triangle shapes on each of your nails.

Step 4:
Using your second colour, place a small amount in the middle of all your white triangles. Follow the general shape of the white triangle, but don’t try to make it too perfect – the irregularity of these shapes is what makes this print look so cool in the end.

Step 5:
Now using your black striping polish, you want to outline your white triangles. Be careful not to make the outline too thick as you still want to see the white underneath. The key to this step is to make sure there’s not too much polish on your brush and use slight flicking motions with the striper in order to create wispy edges.

Step 6:
Still using your black striping polish, add a touch of black to the second colour you used above (for me it’s the teal). The black doesn’t need to be any particular size and it doesn’t need to be perfectly centred. Again, the irregularity of this mani is what makes it awesome.

Step 7:
After allowing your design to dry, add a layer of your favorite top coat. This will make your new mani last longer, it will smooth out any bumps and ridges that have been created during the process, and it will also give your nails a nice shine.

The design is really versatile, so you can switch up the colours to better suit your own personal style! Here are two other colour combinations that I’ve done in the past:

I hope this tutorial was helpful! And if you try this design out for yourself, be sure to share it with me on the Nails by Kayla Shevonne Facebook page! Or, share it on Instagram and tag me (@kaylashevonne) in your post!

Thanks for looking!

I Don’t Think You’re Ready for this Jelly Floral Mani

I love this floral design from MrCandiipants and I’ve been meaning to try my own version of it for quite some time now. If you’re not already following Candice, you really should. She’s incredibly talented, especially with floral designs. She’s basically the queen of floral nail art imo.

Anyways, I wanted to go with a bright, yet slightly muted colour palette so I chose four of the jelly shades from the China Glaze Sunsational Collection – Are You Jelly?, Keepin’ It Teal, Shell-O and Heat Index over a base of none other than OPI My Vampire is Buff

I won’t go into details about the specific technique for creating the look since Candice has already posted a tutorial that you can follow. It’s super simple and you really don’t need any special nail art tools at all.

Christmas Nail Art – Dotted Christmas Trees

Hey guys!

Like I figured I would, I removed the candy cane mani yesterday and did a whole new design. This one was inspired by a holiday card we received where the image of the Christmas tree on front was done abstractly with polka dots. I thought the concept would translate really well into a nail design, so that’s what I did! If you want to see the holiday card, I posted a picture of it here on Instagram.

The base colour here is Zoya Purity and then I used a bunch of different green polishes to create the trees:

OPI Here Today…Aragon Tomorrow
China Glaze Gaga for Green
China Glaze Four Leaf Clover
China Glaze Holly-Day
China Glaze Re-fresh Mint and
China Glaze Running in Circles

Then I used a small nail art brush and China Glaze Ruby Pumps to create the little stars on top.

I realized a couple of things while doing this mani:
1.) I have a large selection of green polishes from China Glaze, but not many from any other brands, and
2.) Making tiny stars symmetrical, especially using my non-dominant hand, is super hard!

I’m much happier with this mani than I was with the watercolour candy canes. And it got a ton of compliments at my fiance’s work Christmas party last night!

Thanks for looking! Have a wonderful Saturday everyone!