nail tutorial

Mini Roses | Nailing It

Mini Roses were one of the first styles of nail art that ever I learned.  This design is way easier than it looks and is sure to attract lots of attention.  I love how the rose pattern looks like old, floral wallpaper, while simultaneously feeling modern and fresh.


1) Base Coat

2) Top Coat

3) White Nail Polish

4) Red Nail Polish

5) Pink Paint

6) Green Paint

7) Medium Sized Dotting Tool (or the end of a paint brush)

8) Small Paint Brush


1) Begin with a base coat on all of your nails.

2) Start the design with two coats of white nail polish.

3) Place a medium sized dotting tool into the pink paint.

4) Create a bundle of three small dots together.

5) Continue this pattern across the entire nail.

6) Dip your brush into green paint.

7) On each rose, paint two small leaf shapes outside of the petals.

8) After cleaning off the brush, use it again by dipping it in red polish.

9) Create small curves on the inside of each rose to add more detail.

10) Once dried, finish off with a top coat to seal the design in place.



You can create this design with both Gel polish and regular nail polish.
I’m trained in Gel Polish application and use this method on my own nails as it lasts much longer than regular polish.

As Spring is on our doorstep I was feeling the urge to create something fresh and simplistic!
Nude nails go with any outfit, and the nautical stripes add a subtle ‘fashion’ element without being over the top.

I wore this design on my nails last year and received SO many compliments, so I knew I just had to share the ‘how-to’ with you all.

All the products and equipment used are listed below:

Products Used:
Nail Harmony LED Gelish Curing Lamp (as featured in the tutorial)

Cheaper LED Nail Curing Lamp

Gelish starter kit including;
*PH Bond
*Foundation (Base)
*Top It Off (Top Coat)
*Nourishing Cuticle Oil
*Nail Bed Cleanser
*Gel Polish Remover

OPI Gel Colour - Tiramisu For Two

Nail Harmony Gelish - Artic Freeze (White)

Mickey Mouse | Nailing It

“Oh boy!”  Who here loves absolutely anything Mickey Mouse related?  This Mickey silhouette design is so simple, yet so cute!  It’s perfect for both beginners looking for something easy and more practiced artists who want a design they can complete quickly.  Make sure you read to the bottom of the tutorial to see a second version of the look!


1) Base Coat

2) Top Coat

3) White Nail Polish

4) Black Paint

5) End of a Large Paint Brush (an extra large dotting tool will work as well)

6) Medium Dotting Tool (the end of a smaller paintbrush or pen works as well)


1) Start by preparing your nails with a base coat.

2) Next, paint your nails with two layers of white polish.

3) Take the end of a paint brush (or an extra large dotting tool) and dip it into black paint.

4) Place a dot on the bottom corner of your nail.

5) Using a medium sized dotting tool (or a smaller paint brush), re-dip in the black paint.

6) Place two new dots directly above the first large dot.  Make sure these dots touch the large dot, but not each other, to create a Mickey Mouse silhouette.

7) Finish with a layer of top coat.


As an alternative, use this Mickey Mouse design as an accent nail to simple polka dots.  Make your polka dots nails red and white for a real Mickey-inspired look.


so satisfying 🖤

hoe tip

this ones for painting your nails. now i have no problem saying that I’m good at nails. I’m fucking good. people are asking me ‘oh where’d ya get your nails done’ and i tell them that i did them and they like ‘damn.’ so here we go. 

1. start with a clean, polish free hand of nails. file your nails. file the tip and buffer the top layer of the nails of gently with a nail buffer. make sure not to file the nail to sharp at the tip or to thin on the top layer. one of my technicians told me once that having oval nails were for old ladies and that square nails make you look younger. i agree with her. keep that in mind. what ever you want/ whatever works best for you. when you’re done, wipe your nails with acetone nail polish remover.

2. get your self a base coat. i like the opi original base coat. it drys fast and make my polish stay long. 

shake your bottle and dip your brush. pull the brush out and wipe off only one side of the brush. turn the brush over, so that side that hasn’t been wiped off is facing the neck of the bottle. tap that side on the neck of the bottle to remove a little more base coat. find the side of the brush that has the most liquid on it and turn the brush so that side will be the one to touch the nail. 

place the brush in the middle of the base of the nail, just short of the cuticle and pull upward to reach the tip. then bring the brush back down just short of the cuticle, on the right side of the nail and again bring the brush to the tip. repeat on the left side of the nail. heres the trick. DONT PUT THE BRUSH RIGHT AT THE BASE OF THE CUTICLE. because the cuticle is a little bit higher than the nail, the polish will pool in that little well and make your nails look un professional. this is why whenever you put on polish, start with the brush away from the cuticle at the bottom of the nail.

3. once all your nails are dry with base coat, choose your color. if your polish is dry, you can buy a thinner, or take a small amount of nail polish remover, add it to the nail polish and shake. it will thin the polish, but it may make it a little bit less opaque. again, repeat step two with your nails. start at the base middle of your nail, away from the cuticle and pull up to the tip. repeat with the right and left sides of the nail. it is important to make thin-ish coats of polish. thin enough to not create a lake of polish, but thick enough to not have any sparse bare spots when you pulling your brush to the tip. i recommend adding a second coat of polish after your first one is dry. 

4. clean around your nail with a pointed q tip. if you’ve succeeded in keeping the polish away from your cuticle, your job shouldn’t be that hard. while doing your first hand, and you make as mistake and your nails are long enough, your can always go in with a nail from you other hands and lightly scrape that polish away while its still wet. 

5. add your top coat. a lot of people find top coat to be very important, but i feel that if you’ve used a base coat, and plan on changing your nails color soon, don’t worry about it. really. 

there you go. you do everything right you aint gonna need to haul your ass to the salon to dish out $20 for a mani. prosper my hoes. prosper

if you want me to make a video of how i do my nails, hmu in my ask box

Ombre | Nailing It

This week’s nail tutorial is another great option for those who aren’t the best artists.  No fancy painting required!  Ombre nails are a super easy way to change up your standard solid-coloured manicure.  I chose to do a soft ombre of pink to white, but you can choose whatever colours you’d like!  Experiment with different colour combinations and see what you like best.


1) Base Coat

2) Top Coat

3) Three Nail Polish Colours (Choose colours that will have a fairly smooth transition of dark to light.  I picked pink, a second lighter shade of pink, and white.)

4) Tape

5) Makeup Sponge


1) Begin with a base coat.

2) Paint your nails with one coat of your lightest nail polish.  In my case, this is white.

3) To prevent mess, tape the area of your finger directly surrounding the nail.

4) At the very tip of your makeup sponge, paint a stripe of your darkest nail colour.

5) Immediately below, paint a stripe of your middle shade.

6) Lastly, paint a stripe of your lightest polish.  Make sure to complete steps 4-6 quickly so that the polish does not dry in the sponge.

7) Carefully, dab the sponge onto your nail to transfer the polish. Try not to shift the sponge location too much.  Some blending is fine, but not all of the colours should mix.

8) Optional: Depending on how opaque you want the effect, repeat steps 4-7 once your first coat dries.

9) Remove the tape and smooth out the ombre look with a final layer of top coat.  Note: Depending on how close to the nail you placed the tape, you may need to clean the area surrounding the nail with a brush and nail polish remover.