Top 11 Nail Art Essentials

Hey everyone!

I don’t think I’ve mentioned it here yet, but I’m a total nail art hobbyist, and I’ve learned by watching others and doing research on my own. Nail art can seem a little scary at first, but I’m a walking example that practice is all you need to make beautiful art on your own fingers. I’ve been obsessively painting my nails for a good while now, so I’ve rounded up 11 of my top nail art essentials for you today. Some of them you can substitute with household objects – seriously, I used to use the back of an earring for art when I didn’t have toothpicks (read: poor/lazy college student).

If you’re interested in dipping your toes into nail art, I would suggest starting with using some sort of dotting tool for your designs. You can create so many looks with just this type of tool! And of course, a base coat and fast drying top coat. The top coat is a MUST. This helps seal and protect your design, and it makes your nails look amazing. Not lying, sometimes I smudge a nail, apply another coat of fast dry top coat, and you can’t even tell at all. It’s a holy grail for any manicure in my opinion.

See the video below for my Top 11 Nail Art (and manicure!) Essentials. I hope this video is useful and helps you get started with nail art 🙂

 

Thanks for stopping by!

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Negative Space + Abstract Floral Nail Art Tutorial

Happy weekend, everyone!

It’s been gradually warming up here and I wanted to create a mani that would work for those weird in between winter & spring moments and I thought this was the perfect solution. This manicure uses minimal tools, and you could even get by with just using a toothpick! Floral nail art was actually the first art I ever tried, it’s like a gateway art 🙂 I hope this inspires you to try this design or something like it!

Products used:

Essie – Grow Stronger Base Coat

Essie – Smooth Sailing (on pinkie, ring finger, thumb)

Flowers: 

Essie – Blanc

Essie – Bikini So Teeny

Essie – After School Boy Blazer

Top Coat – Seche Vite

Tools:

Toothpick

Dotting tool (optional)

Detail Brush (you could easily skip this step, or draw a small line with a toothpick too)

See video below:

Thanks for reading! As always, be sure to follow along on Instagram for the latest manicures & art!

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Blood Orange & Banana Smoothie

Hi guys, happy Friday!!!

Ever since I got myself a Vitamix (aka the best thing I’ve ever purchased in my life, no lie), I have been on a MAJOR smoothie, juice, purée kick. I think I use my blender once a day, if not more. It makes the most creamy and delicious meals, and cleaning it is so easy, even I can do it 😉 Ok, so enough about the blender. I make smoothies for breakfast most mornings. They’re usually just combinations of whatever I have in my fridge, or what I’m in the mood for. I’ve been seeing gorgeous pictures of citrus all over recently, so I had to pick up some blood oranges to try myself. See the recipe for this delish drink below:

Blood Orange & Banana Smoothie

1 1/2 frozen bananas

1 clementine

1 blood orange

1/2 carrot

1/2 inch fresh ginger (or 1/2 tsp dried ginger)

1 tsp bee pollen (for vitamins & minerals)

1 tsp pomegranate powder (for antioxidants)

2 tbsp kefir (probiotic)

1/4 cup water

Blend all ingredients in blender until well combined. Enjoy!

Be sure to follow along on Instagram @karacrevier for lots more recipes & videos 🙂

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Agate Nail Art Tutorial

Happy Thursday! We almost made it!!! 🙂

I’m bringing you another 2017 nail trend today!

I am LOVING all manicures that somehow relate back to nature (read: stars, galaxy, cacti, etc.) and I had to try out this agate trend. Crystals are having a major moment, and nail art is no exception here.

Agate Nail Art

This art was actually pretty simple to execute, and it really comes together once you layer the polish and seal it all in with a top coat, and add some glitter, of course.

Check out my tutorial below for the how to:

The colors I used are:

Pinky, Pointer, Thumb: OPI – Sapphire in the Snow

Middle & Ring Base – Essie Gel Couture – Turn ‘N Pose

Agate (starting from the middle & moving out):

Essie – Blanc

Essie – St Lucia Lilac

Essie – Shade On

Glitter – Amazon

Top Coat – Seche Vete

Thanks so much for reading! Stay tuned for more tutorials ❤️

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Colorblocking Trend & Nail Tutorial

Happy Monday, guys!

Yesterday, I did some research on the top nail art trends for 2017, and I’ve got to say, I’m loving what I see.

There’s colorblocking, graphic french manicures, and cuticle embellishments. Mostly, there’s minimalistic artwork, which is right up my alley!

Last week, I tried out an ombré French look (check it out here), and this week I’m trying out some colorblocking! I also just got a tripod to start taking videos of my manicures. I’m sharing a little tutorial of this look below. I love watching videos like these personally, I think they’re mesmerizing 🙂

Let me know what you think about this look & if you’re interested in seeing any other trends via video as well!

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Be sure to follow along for the latest manicures @karanailedit and for the latest food I’m making (which is a lot 😉 ) @karacrevier.

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