Monday, August 25, 2014

EASY Beginner Nail Art Tutorial

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Last week I showed you guys an awesome new EASY way to save at Walgreens and this week I am teaching you another super easy lesson. Beginner nail art ! As you guys can see, I have come a long way since my very first nail art tutorial. But the premise is the same.  I like to keep my nail art designs simple, fast and fun.

First things first we need some supplies

Here is what I will be using to achieve this look. Really you could use any color combo. These three shades are Walgreens Summer Beauty Exclusives. I also grabbed 2 types of Studio 35 Beauty nail polish removers. The regular version comes in a super cool spill-free pump ! 
sunday funday, topless & barefoot and in the cab-ana

The dotting tools and brushes can be bought here.

EXTRA bonus amazingness - Now through August 30th when you purchase 3 Essie nail polishes & get an Essie top coat for free ! 
AND you will earn 50 bonus Walgreen Rewards Points for every dollar you spend
PLUS when you spend $20 in beauty / health products you can get this travel-size make-up brush set for FREE. Head over here to get this text coupon.

OH and there is a monthly saving coupon for $0.50 off Studio 35 nail polish remover - expires 8/30

Ok so now that we saved a bundle on our beauty supplies at Walgreens, let's get into the tutorial 

Start off by painting your nails all one opaque shade. I love how creamy and nude this 2 coat Essie polish in topless & barefoot looks. Then clean up the edges with a flat brush dipped in 100% Acetone. This will dry out the skin a bit but will remove the polish quickly and more precisely than the enriched nail polish removers. Just make sure once you are done with the manicure (and everything is dry) that you wash your hands with soap and apply a thick moisturizer concentrating it on the skin around your nails. 

Once the base coat is dry, drop one dot of color onto a non-permeable surface. I like to use/reuse an old Pirouette lid. I know a lot of girls who use the tops of their Bath and Body Works candles for this too. 
With a thin tipped brush dipped in the first color, lightly drag it off center down the length of your finger nail. I chose to just do this design on my ring finger as an accent nail. 
Then with the third shade and a dotting tool, dot three medium sized dots on the center of the nail. If this is your first time using a dotting tool you can practice your dots on a paper towel. But I trust that you will do a great job using dotting tools is pretty easy. 
Lastly once everything is dry, seal the design off with a top coat.
One more thing. Try not to over think nail art ! Your lines don't need to be the straightest and your dots do not need to be perfect circles or even the same size. But if you can't live with the design you created just dip a cotton swab in the easy to pump Studio 35 protein enriched nail polish remover and start over. Heck I redid a pedicure nail design last night like four times before I threw the towel in. Yes, I have a flower on one of my big toes and not the other; and I am cool with that :-) 
Need a bit more of a challenge ? Try out this Under the Sea : Seashell Nail Art Design 
Or this mismatched Leopard Print Design. I actually did a Leopard Print tutorial a while back.
The middle shade below, for the twill of it, it what I used above to create the detail around the blue. YES I went back and got more - seriously, who can resist this deal ??
mojito madness, for the twill of it, she's pampered 
What do you think about this easy to achieve nail art design ? Will you give it a try ? If you do I would LOVE to see your recreation !! Tag / Hashtag me @sparklemepink8 on Twitter and Instagram  #sparklemepink 

Don't forget to head on over to Walgreens before August 30th to score the awesome deals mentioned above !! 


  1. Thanks for all the awesome tips! I can't wait to give it a try, I've always loves nail art but have never attempted it myself!

  2. Such fun nail art! You have a lot more talent than I do :)

  3. Super cute! I love this mani!

  4. gorgeous! LOVE that base color!

  5. Love this mani! And thanks for the coupon :)

  6. I LOVE Essie polishes and omg yay coupons! Your mani is adorable!

  7. I love how well these shades complement each other! I think I need to look into a dotting tool. I tried doing this with a toothpick and the dots weren't nearly this neat. #client

  8. Essie is my all time favorite nailpolish brand! Their No Chips Ahead topcoat is the holy grail topcoat for me, definitely. I'm in LOVE with that leopard mani!