HOW TO: Doughnut Nail Art

The idea of this post literally came about just from my craving of doughnuts. In the end I settled for a sandwich and a bottle of water, whilst painting doughnuts on to my nails instead. So, I thought I’d show you how to do a simple doughnut design, made easy. I mean, we all love them right?!

It’s pretty basic. Pick your favourite Pinkish Nude (Pretty n Witty shade, which doesn’t actually have a name), a very neutral colour (Barry M’s ‘Nude’) & another colour you’d want your icing to be. In my case, I chose a dark Pink, one of my newest colours ‘Don’t be shy’ by Rimmel.

Paint your pinkie & your thumb both this ‘icing’ colour. They’re simply gonna be the good old doughnut glaaaaaze.

Your second finger should be all Nude Pink to begin with, and both middle fingers pale Nude.

This part is literally about as complex as it gets. If you have a dotting tool, a brush even better (you can get brushes from PoundStretcher or Poundland for literally 50p-£1 in the UK.. you’ll find other nail bits in my nail blogger bargains post). Anyway, you’ve simply got to draw some circles. If you haven’t got anything besides the nail polish bottle, run to the kitchen and get a cocktail stick!

I squished in lots of doughnuts on one finger and just did two bigger ones on the other so that you can actually tell what they are. Besides, my nails are tiiiiny so, only so many of them can fit here.

Now if you have a sprinkle kind of polish, I’m using ‘Barry M’s ‘Dolly Mixture’ from their Confetti range, these are really easy to get hold of.. then literally just ‘sprinkle’ onto each of the doughnuts edges. Don’t forget the two nails painted previously because they’re gonna be covered in sprinkles. Use your ‘icing’ colour and paint a squiggly line onto your second finger which should be a different colour to the rest, filling it in & once dry, again, BACK AT IT WITH THE SPRINKLES!

You should end up with something like the photo below. There you have, doughnut nails, made simple.

I’m hungry, so off I go to have some real doughnuts.

Until Next Time,

CNI x

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HOW TO: Ice-Cream Nails ♡

WARNING: IF YOU EAT A LOT OF ICE CREAM… THEN THIS POST IS FOR YOU! (Even though you can’t actually eat this)

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♡ The inspiration for this post was literally so random. I woke up on Monday morning & my first thought was “I’m so weird, I’m actually craving ice cream at 10 o’clock in the morning”, clearly I’m not going to have ice cream for breakfast because that isn’t quite acceptable. So I decided to paint nails instead:

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♡ I used my nail fingers to make these pictures a little clearer and quicker. So starting off, choose a background colour.. I chose a pretty neutral Pink colour because in my head it’s supposed to resemble strawberry ice cream.

♡ Pick 4 other colours which you want to resemble your ‘ice cream sauces’.. I tried to stick with pastels because they looked most realistic. Literally start with a thin brush (you don’t even have to this makes it a little easier) and do a rough outline, quite squiggly as if it were like dripping sauce. Any rough lines don’t matter you’re going to paint over them afterwards, it’s just to get a rough shape of what you’ll fill in without going overboard.

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♡ Then grab the actual nail polish brush of the colour you’ve chosen and just fill in that space. Most polishes have reasonably tidy and thin brushes so it should be fine!

♡ Then comes the colourful & creative part. If you, like me have a colourful sort of mixed up nail polish i.e. Confetti by Barry M. Then that’ll make it a lot quicker.. not necessarily easier. If not you can just either pick a bunch of colours that would look like sprinkles and use a thin brush or cocktail stick (if you’re not a nail art tool hoarder like me) to make little tiny tiny streaks. If you have some different coloured nail pens, that will make life 10x easier.. but it is still possible without them.

♡ Voilaaaa, you have a set of ice cream themed nails.

I hope this made it somewhat easier… isn’t as complicated as it looks!

Until next time,

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HOW TO: Basic Geometric Nails ♡

 Last night, randomly lacking inspiration for nail designs, I came across a geometric type of design and I loved it as soon as it saw it. I’m a fan of quirky bright designs. I thought I’d show you a simple step by step on how to do it yourselves.

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♡ You’ll only need 3 bright polishes of your choice, a background colour (in mine, I used white but any light colour that contrasts to your other three is fine!)

♡ Then grab some type of tape. I used actual nail striping tape which you can order on eBay or Amazon for literally 1 or 2 pounds for 10 rolls, bargain! If you don’t like ordering on eBay, charliesnailart.co.uk sells the rolls for 39p each, and that’s pretty good too! You can even use my discount code ‘CNA10’. Back on track, if you don’t have striping tape you can use masking tape/sellotape just be sure to cut it down to a much thinner size & if using sellotape make sure the base colour is completely dry as the sellotape will peel it off afterwards otherwise.

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♡ So I did my base coats the night before so I knew they were super dry & it would save time when putting the tape on and off for the design. So with your 3 chosen bright colours paint the thumb, second finger and pinky.. one of each of these colours. In my case they were White, Purple and then Turquoise.

♡  Place the striping tape at different angles, leaving no gaps between the triangle shaped sections or this would make the lines rigid when you peel it off.

♡ Using your three colours evenly fill in the gaps between the tape which at first will appear messy (like my ring finger) and after a few minutes begin to peel the tape off and it should appear like my middle finger below.

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Don’t forget the top coat! Then, literally that is all. Who knew something that looks so complex can be so easy?! I love it because it just looks so quirky.

I hope this gave you some nail inspiration for if you’re bored of plain colours because I can be sometimes!

Until next time,

C x 

[ if you want to see more nail designs, you can find some on my Instagram at @charlieannecx ] 

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