What you will need:
- Cotton pads and Nail Cleanser
- A Kester Black Nude Nail Polish of your choice and Kester Black Dasher Nail Polish
- A Kester Black Top Coat of your choice
- Kester Black Self Love Oil
- A thin nail polish brush
Tip: No tools? No problem.
Naturally, we’re biased, and will always recommend our range first. But if you can’t get your hands on Kester Black colours or products, any base, polish and top coat will do.
And If you don’t have a suite of fancy nail art tools (few do!) you can MacGyver your next manicure with these DIY tools made from objects commonly found around the house:
- Use the tip of a bobby pin to apply chunkier pieces of glitter to your nail or to create medium-sized dots.
- Dip a cotton swab in top coat. This will harden the tip and prevent little fluffy bits of cotton from interfering with your masterpiece. Once dry, you can use it as a chunky dotting tool or as a glitter applicator.
Step 1. File and clean
Prep your little canvases for painting, by soaking a cotton pad in nail cleanser and gently wiping over each nail. Even if you weren’t already wearing polish, cleansing helps to remove any oils or dirt that might chip or warp your new nail art. Then it’s time to find the most flattering shape for your nails then trim and file them into formation. Now, will it be round, stiletto or square?
Step 2. Ace the base
Think of this as a kind of primer for your polish. Base coat hydrates the nail and prevents staining, while preventing your polish from chipping. Begin with a thin layer of base coat and allow to dry.
Step 3. Paint your first and second coat
Glide a thin coat of your favourite nude nail polish of choice over each nail, covering the surface from base to tip. The key is to only load your brush with enough polish for one coat. We like to use the three-stroke method; painting one stroke in the centre and one either side. Allow to dry (five minutes should do the trick) before repeating with a second coat. Beyonce’s ‘Partition’, MGMT’s ‘Kids’, and Blackstreet’s ‘No Diggity’ are just some of the five-minute songs you can hum while you wait.
Step 4. Putting on the glitz
Dip a thin nail brush into a bottle of Dasher. Starting from the centre of the nail tip and fanning out, slowly build up the glitter concentration until you reach your desired density. Think of it like a firework; vibrant in the centre and dispersed towards the edges. For best results, try sticking to the top-third of the nail.
Allow to dry for five minutes before applying a second layer to cover any sparse areas.
Step 5. Seal the deal
Finish your look with a layer of Top Coat and allow to dry for another five minutes. This will prolong the life of your nail art, bringing shine and a sheer sense of accomplishment.
Step 6. Nourish, naturally
Rub a drop of our Self Love Oil into your cuticles for happier, healthier nails while admiring your handiwork.
Everyone loves a good gloat. Show us your finished looks by sending them through to firstname.lastname@example.org or by tagging us via @kesterblack and #kesterblack.