29 August, 2014

Cupcake Nails Tutorial

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I love cute nail designs, but since I change them so often (up to several times a week!), I really don't want to get them done at the salon, since the costs would add up so quickly.

Recently, I received a few manicure tools and accessories from Essence Beauty, so I thought I'd post a couple of nail art tutorials that are fun for the season, and extremely easy to do on your nails, and a friend's! :o)

So, today's tutorial is for cupcake nails. My result is not as neat as I had hoped, but I injured my dominant hand, which was the hand I used to create the cupcake designs, of course. I'm sure that when you do this at home, your result will be much nicer and neater!

Note : for photography purposes, I painted the cupcakes right-side up. When doing it, I'd suggest you paint them upside-down, so that the person you're talking to will actually see the cupcakes. :-P

Here's what I used:

  • Essence dotting tool: this tool is amazing! It is double-ended, with one end having a smaller dot, while the other having a larger one. You can use it to easily create designs, or to pick up gemstones, glitters, etc.
  • Essence nail tattoo pen in black: you can draw any design you like with this, and make it last by sealing with a top coat. Even better, the ink is water soluble, which means that if you make a mistake, you can remove it with water, instead of nail polish remover that would cause you to repaint the entire nail. How great is that?
  • Essence loose glitter: not too big, not too small, these super sparkly glitters are perfect to create some attention-grabbing nail designs! I use them to create the "sprinkles" on my nails. :o)
  • Essence XXL Shine gel finish top coat: it's true, the result looks and feels like gel in person.
  • A cup of water.

Step 1:

Paint your nails in any color of your choice. I chose an orange-red shade. Now, use the larger end of the dotting tool to create a cluster of dots, in the second color of your choice (I chose white), to create the frosting. Be sure to make the top of the frosting more dome-like. It's okay if you've created a mess, you can clean it up later! :o)

Step 2: Draw a cupcake cup on each nail, using the nail art pen.

Step 3: Paint one nail with the gel-look top coat. Dip the smaller end of the dotting tool into some water, dip it into the glitters, and gently place them on the nail. Work on only one nail a time, because the top coat dries quickly.

Step 4: Seal everything again with the gel-look top coat.

Note: I'm right-handed, so the designs were painted on the nails of my left hand. Since I'm not good with my left hand, I simply painted polka dots on the fingers of my right hand in the same colors, in order to keep everything cohesive.

By the way, as you can see, the colors of the two pictures look quite different. This is because they were taken at different times of the day, since I am very busy, so a series of picture can actually take me an entire day to do, due to interruptions from my babies. :o) Anyhow, the below is the accurate depiction of the colors.

Do you like nail arts?
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**The products featured in this blog post were sent to me by Essence, free of charge, to be reviewed.

Where to buy: In the United States, you may purchase Essence at your nearest Ulta store! If you are outside of the United States, you may find more information Essence's official website.


  1. Awesome nails. Loved it. I am craving for cupcakes now. Lol :-)


    1. Hahahha! I've been craving for one for days. :o)

  2. I loved this nail art. It looks super cute and I love cupcakes :)


  3. What a super cute idea! I love this...great job!

    Keisha xo

    1. Awww, thanks. Thanks for stopping by, Keisha! <3

  4. Awesome nail art. It's very cute. :D


  5. they look so cute! I've tried to do nail art so many times, but my lack of patience and the fact that I dont have the right tools always means they end up in disaster haha x

    1. Lol, I know what you mean. Just get the dotting tool, at the very least; you can do so many crazy designs with just that one thing!

  6. aww...the cutest nail art ever!


    1. Thank you so much for the compliment! :-)

  7. Adorable! I absolutely love this and I have to try it soon!

  8. Aww they look adorable! Great tutorial xx

    Gemma | missmakeupmagpie.com

  9. So lovely and cute!

    Sarah x

  10. Wow they look amazing !!!



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