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Donut/Doughnut Nails

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Start off with a base coat, I used Essie’s “Grow Stronger” base coat.

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Apply a base color of your choice, I used Jenna Hipp’s “Marshmallow Fondant.”

IMG_2225Using a tan brown polish and a large dotting tool, make circles on the nails for the donuts. I used NYX’s “Bare my Soul.”

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With a small dotting tool and white polish, roughly trace the inner circle of the donut, this will help the colors pop later. I used Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure “White On.”

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Do the same process over the white with different colors (I left some of them white). I used Finger Paints “My Art Belongs to You”, Jordana’s “Key Lime”, Delta Cermcoat’s “Spice Brown” and Craft Smart’s “Rich Lilac” and “Blue Sky”.

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Then, apply small dashes and circles for sprinkles and curvy lines for chocolate drizzle. I used the same colors used previously and a welding tool.

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Add a white dot in the middle of each donut using an extra small dotting tool and after that dries add your base color on top of that.

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Lastly, apply a top coat, I used Essie’s “Gel-Setter” top coat.

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Your Donut Nails are finished!

Video Tutorial on YouTube:

Camouflage Nails

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Start off with a base coat, I used Nicole by OPI’s “3-in-1 Base, Top Coat & Strengthener.”

IMG_2128.JPGChoose a color that you want your camouflage pattern to be, I went with the classic green so I applied a medium shade of green polish. I used a Sally Girl mini nail polish that I don’t have the name for.

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Then with a sandy green color (or a color that goes along with your chosen color) apply uneven lines coming from the sides using the nail polish brush. This is a little hard to explain in words but hopefully the pictures will help. I used MAC’s “Before Dawn.”

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Repeat this step with a tan/beige color and a dark green (or with colors that go along with your color scheme). I used Revlon’s “Elegant” for the tan/beige color and Apple Barrel’s “Christmas Green” acrylic paint and applied it with a thick MASH brush.

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Then, go back with any of those colors, using the same technique, if needed.

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Lastly, apply a top coat, I used Nicole by OPI’s “High Shine Top Coat+”. I actually think this design would look better with a matte top coat so I will apply one later using OPI’s “Matte Top Coat”. It is better to apply a glossy top coat, let it dry, and then apply a matte top coat.

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Your Camouflage Nails are finished!

Video Tutorial on YouTube:

Glitter Gradient Prom Nails

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Start off with a base coat, I used Essie’s “Grow Stronger” base coat.

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Apply a base color of your choice, or in my case, a color that matches your prom dress. I used Migi’s Nail Art Pen “Baby Blue” (I don’t recommend using this polish, it was extremely difficult to use but it was the only color I had that matched my prom dress).

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With a glitter polish of your choice, apply some to the tips of your nails. I started off with a small glitter, I used a mini nail polish by Sephora by OPI that I do not have the name for.IMG_2018

Apply a second layer to the tip of the nail because you want this part of the nail to have the most glitter on it.

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Then, wipe a majority of the polish off of the brush and apply some lightly below the tip of the nail to make the gradient effect.

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You can stop there or you can add more glitter with a chunkier glitter polish. Apply some of the chunky glitter polish to a makeup sponge or a sponge tip applicator normally used for eyeshadow. I used Emori’s “Silver Glitter”.IMG_2024

Sponge this onto the nail, try to get the bigger pieces of glitter closer to the tip of the nail and the smaller farther from it.

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Apply a top coat, I used Essie’s “Gel-Setter” top coat.

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Your Glitter Gradient Prom Nails are finished!

Video Tutorial on YouTube:

Heart Nails

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Start off with a base coat. I used Essie’s “Grow Stronger” base coat.

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Apply a white nail polish as the base color. I used Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear “White On”.  I also decided to do an accent nail on my ring finger with a red glitter polish, I used a Sephora mini that I unfortunately do not have the name for.

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Then using a medium dotting tool place two dots on the nail of a pink or red color. I forgot to take a picture of this part but if it is confusing you can watch the video linked below. Once you place the two dots, simply connect them with a triangle using a smaller dotting tool. I alternated the colors of the hearts and I used Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails “Heart of Stone” and OPI’s “OPI Red”. I also painted some of the hearts coming off of my nail to make the design more complete. I did this by either just painting the triangle or just painting the dots on the edge of my nail.

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Apply a top coat. I used Essie’s “Gel-Setter” top coat.

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Your heart nails are finished!

Video Tutorial on YouTube:

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