Nail Art for Novices


Nail Art for Novices


I’ve completed Cuticle Bootcamp and now have manicure worthy cuticles, so I’m taking a further foray into becoming a proper Girly Girl. I know right? What’s the next step? Nail Art. Gulp.

Cuticle Bootcamp before and after


Look at the difference Cuticle Bootcamp made to my hands!

I found I’ve managed to find some amazing Nail Art that even I can do. Allow me to introduce my Nail Art for Novices!


Nail Art for Novices - Glitter Nail Lacquer


First up is the easy peasy lemon squeezy but uber pretty glitter nail polish. You can wear it over base coat, or as a top coat over coloured lacquers. Glitter nail polish can be applied to one or two nails as a feature, or apply across the tips of the nails as a sparkly French manicure. For nail aficionados, it barely qualifies as Nail Art, but for beginners, it is the perfect way to Try on the Trend with Nail Art for Novices.


Nail art for novices multicoloured mani


A multicoloured manicure is a great way to add a little fun and colour to your life. Just pick your favourite colours and apply them. I recommend following the tips from Tamsin at KiKi & Tea in my Cuticle Bootcamp post to get the most professional long lasting DIY manicure you can. These tips took me from my lacquer jobs lasting mere hours to a whole week!

Have fun with colour – choose contrasting colours or your favourite colours or just the ones that appeal to you on the day. Try a tonal manicure – perhaps palest pink to deep red, or baby blue to ink navy, ranging from the pinkie to the thumb, or perhaps one pinkie to the other.


Nail Art for Novices Mix & Match Metallic Mani


Try a Mix and Match metallic mani by selecting one colour and a complementary metallic shade. A French manicure with the block colour on the nail and the metallic shade on the tip would be gorgeous too.


Nail Art for Novices Matte and Glitterbug


Experiment with texture and finishes by using finishing products like a crackle polish or a mattifying product to give a different look to the polish. A matte coat looks particularly effective when worn next to a nail painted in the same colour but left glossy.

Hello Darling Glitterbug is an amazing product that I resisted using for a long time because I was scared of it. Yup, terrified of a little pot of glittery powder.

Glitterbug is a two-piece set – a little pot of glitter to dip the nail into and an anti-static brush for the cleanup. An absolute bargain at $9.95 – and so ridiculously easy to use that even complete gumbies like me can do it. A definite addition to the list of Nail Art for Novices!

I followed these instructions from So Nailicious – if you want the perfect disco ball manicure, then you should too!

Are you a nail gumby like me or a manicure maven? What’s your favourite colour?


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  • Norlin Mustapha - 27 May 2013 - 12.08 pm

    Love it Kimba! I’m pretty much a novice too when it comes to nail art – happy to even have any nail polish let alone some nail art on my fingernails! 🙂ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 27 May 2013 - 7.07 pm

      yes, I hear you there. I’ve had bare nails for a week now. I’ve got the time to file them or paint them or let them dry, but never all three all at the same time! xReplyCancel

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