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Valentine’s Day

Valentines Day Mail Box Karen G Nails

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and I hope everyone has a special Valentine for this weekend! In the spirit of LOVE, I thought it would be a cute idea to make a Valentine’s Day inspired nail art tutorial.

You know the saying, ‘I wear my heart on my sleeve’?… well, I prefer ‘I wear my heart on my fingertips’ Therefore, that was the sheer inspiration for this nail look.

I hope you enjoy this Valentine’s Day nail art tutorial and remember to give and receive love everyday of your life!

 

Valentines Day Nail Tutorial Karen G Nails

 

Valentines Day Nail Design Karen G Nails

Tools:
Essie – Minimalistic
OPI – Hello Kitty 5 Apples Tall
Detailing Nail Art Brush
Dotting Tool
Seche Vite – Top Coat

Steps:
Step 1
Apply two coats of Essie ‘Minimalistic’ allow time to completely dry.

Step 2
Using a dotting tool dipped in OPI ‘5 Apples Tall’ dot 6 circles in the shape of heart to achieve the best heart.

Step 3
Using a small nail art brush dipped in OPI ‘5 Apples Tall’ connect the dots to form the outline of the heart.

Step 4
Fill in the heart using OPI ‘5 Apples Tall’.

Step 5
Finally, lock in your Valentine’s Day nails by applying one coat of Seche Vite fast drying top coat.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Valentines Day Nail Art Karen G Nails

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Christmas Red Stocking Nails

Christmas Stocking Nails

I love christmas stockings! I especially love surprising all my loved ones with red stockings filled with their favorite items. Stocking stuffers are my favorite items to shop for and I always make sure to include an item they can use either on their hands or feet 🙂 For example, some of my favorite stocking stuffers include nail polish, crystal nail files, cuticle oil, nail clippers and fast-drying top coat. I was inspired by all of my christmas stockings to create red stocking nails. Below is a quick and simple nail tutorial to add just a tiny bit of holiday cheer to your nails this season!
Red Christmas Stocking Nail Art

Materials:
L’Oreal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque 1-2-3 – Red-y to Shine?
OPI Infinite Shine – Non-Stop White
Striping Tape
Seche Vite – Top Coat

Step 1
Use a white and red nail polish to create your red stocking nails.

Step 2
Apply two coats of OPI Infinite Shine ‘Non-Stop White’ allow time to completely dry.

Step 3
Apply a piece of striping tape 1/4 away from the base of the nail to create the perfect horizontal line .

Step 4
Fill in the portion above the striping tape with L’Oreal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque ‘Red-y to Shine?’

Step 5
Carefully remove the striping tape while polish is still wet.

Step 6
Finally, lock in your red stocking nails by applying one coat of Seche Vite fast drying top coat.

Red Christmas Stocking Nails

I hope you enjoy hanging your stockings and all your sweet stocking stuffers this Christmas!

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Ombré Nails

Ombré Nails Tutorial by karengnails

Ombré Nails

One of my favorite nail looks at the moment is Ombré nails. I love doing ombré nails because the color combinations are endless. However, it was once one of the messiest nail looks. The first time I ever did ombré nails I spent over 10 minutes trying to clean up all of the nail polish around my cuticles. So, I tried using scotch tape and Elmer’s glue around my cuticles, but none of these methods quite worked for me. I still had a lot of clean up to do and I noticed the nail polish remover was drying out my cuticles!

In effort to solve this issue, I started using Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil around my cuticles. This method killed two birds with one stone! The cuticle oil made clean up so much easier with less nail polish on my skin. Plus it didn’t dry out my cuticles or fingers. Ever since then creating ombré nail looks has been so much easier.

How do I get the ombré effect? To create my ombré nails I use the make-up sponge technique. Below I created a tutorial with all of the steps I use to create ombré nails.

Ombré Nails. Nail Art Tutorial mint to green nails.

Materials:
LVX – Mynt
LVX – Femme
Makeup Sponge
Dr. Hauschka Neem Nail Oil
Small Concealer Brush
Seche Vite – Top Coat

Step 1
Choose two nail polish colors to create your ombre. Unscrew the lids of the polish and leave them open.

Step 2
Apply two coats of LVX – Mynt allow time to completely dry.

Step 3
Apply three coats of LVX – Femme to half of the makeup sponge and two coats of LVX – Mynt to the other half.

Step 4
Using a small concealer brush carefully apply cuticle oil all around the sides and cuticles. Apply one single coat of LVX- Femme toward the middle of the makeup sponge to blend the two colors together.

Step 5
Grab the sponge and place it directly in the middle of the nail, then gently apply pressure while rocking the sponge back and forth in the same spot. Re-apply the nail polish colors to the sponge for every other nail. (Don’t forget to apply one coat of Femme in the middle). Repeat this step 2-3 times for each nail until you’ve reached an ombré effect.

Step 6
Use a small concealer brush dipped in nail polish remover to clean up the sides and around the cuticles. Finally, lock in and blend that ombré by applying one coat of Seche Vite Fast Drying Top Coat.

I LOVE ombré nails! Who else has tried doing ombré nails? Let me know what’s your favorite color combination and what technique has worked for you?

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Feathered Manicure

How to get the feather manicure tutorial. Using Ciaté feathered manicure kit.

Ciaté London Feathered Manicure

I was intrigued by the feathered manicure nail trend when it first hit the runway. That’s when I first decided to give the feathered manicure nail trend a try. However, I remember the hassle of driving to the arts & craft store to gather all of the supplies. Ciaté took inspiration straight from the runway and made it even easier to achieve the feathered nail look by creating a Feathered Manicure kit ready with all the supplies needed.

ciate feathered manicure kit

The Ciaté Feathered Manicure kit allows you to create your own feathered manicure straight from home. The kit comes with different colored feathers to choose from. Customize your feathered nail look by creating a multi-colored feathered manicure. Make your feathered manicure stand out by using a white nail polish as the base.

Kit Contains:
Speed Coat Pro
Mini Ciaté Paint Pot
Mini Scissors
Nail File Block
Assortment of 40 Feathers

Step 1
Lay out feathers and choose the best sized feather for each fingernail.
Step 2
Apply two coats of the mini Ciaté Paint Pot allow time to dry.
Step 3
Apply a generous coat of Speed Coat Pro (one at a time).
Step 4
Gently lay and press the feather flat onto the nail while still wet.
Step 5
Allow time to dry and trim any excess feather using Ciate mini scissors.
Step 6
Apply a second coat of Speed Coat Pro to seal in the feather.
Step 7
Allow time to dry and use the block file vertically to buff away the excess feather at the free edge.

Enjoy your feathered manicure! karen g nails signature