So last Saturday I got married and these are the nails I did for the big day. My colour scheme was lilac, silver and white and so I made my nails to match.
Firstly I painted all nails except the ring fingers in a shimmery lilac colour. For the ring fingers I went for a darker shimmery purple shade.
Then going diagonally across the bottoms of each nail I painted one coat of a white colour.
Over the top of this I used Barry M’s Royal Textured Glitter nail paint in ‘Lady’ as it is so pretty.
Next I added a diagonal line of rhinestones across each nail to cover the line where both colours met. I then added my topcoat.
Finally to bring back the texture, I reapplied another coat of Lady, making sure not to paint over the rhinestones.
I call this one an experiment because overall it was a bit of a fail lol. I’ve never tried any of the nail designs that involve dripping nail varnish in water but have always been eager to try it out. As I had a bit of spare time this weekend I thought I would give this spotty effect a go.
First I painted all nails in 2 coats of my background colour. I decided on a dark purple. On the tutorials I looked at for this effect they say to use sanitiser spray. I don’t have this but in a couple of places people had said to use hairspray instead so I decided to go for that instead.
I used cellotape to tape around my nails in order to make the clean up easier. I took a disposable plastic cup of room temperature water and added a few drops, one by one of my chosen colour. I went for a goldy metallic kind of colour. The drips separate out across the surface of the water. Then you can take your spray and do a little spritz on the top to make the dots. You can then dip your nail over the part of the pattern you like best, remove the excess with a toothpick, remove your nail from the water, remove the cellotape and clean up the nail with nail varnish remover before adding your top coat.
However, I found that no matter how gentle I tried to be with the hairspray, when it hit the water it just made the nail varnish layer constrict up. If I was lucky I got a few big holes in the layer, but I wanted a design that had many spaller holes in it. I also found that the hairspray messed the surface of the water up for the next attempt as well. After struggling several times and wasting a bit of nail varnish on failed attempts, I was left with 2 nails undone, and the rest that I was not happy with how most of them turned out.
This was when I decided to try something else that was in spray form. The closest thing I had near me to try was a bottle of body spray in a spritz bottle rather than in aerosol form. I used this for both the ring and little finger nails of my right hand. You can see from the pictures that although the gold nail polish looks a little less vibrant on these nails, the overall effect came out a lot better and more like what I wanted. It also didn’t make the nail varnish constrict up like the hairspray did. Therefore I definatley need to try this method out again to see if I can get better results. I also want to try out water marbled nails sometime as well as I have never gotten around to trying that out before either.
This week is another gradient design as I needed something easy that I could do while multi-tasking a bit lol. I even managed to avoid touching them against something whilst they were still wet.
After selecting my colours I started to paint them on each nail. I did this by painting half of each nail in a different colour vertically.
For example on the little finger nail I wanted the gradient to go from tourquize to purple. Therefore I painted half the nail in tourquize and half in purple. I did 2 coats like this.
Then in order to make the gradient, I took a makeup sponge and painted a line in each colour next to each other. The colours used depended on the colours being used on the particular nail I was working on.
I then sponged this down the length of the nail which resulted in the defined line between each colour becoming blended into a gradient.
I felt it needed something extra to finish it off. I have a polish by Avon called ‘Satin Top Coat’. It’s a matte top coat with a pretty pink shimmer to it. I didn’t want the nails to be matte, but I did want the shimmer over the top. Therefore after applying this to all nails, I added a coat of my normal top coat to remove the matteness.
I am quite pleased wih how this design came out and might try something similar again in the future.
First I painted all nails in 2 coats of my background colour. I used a duochrome polish that has a black base and then a tourquize shimmer that changes to purple in the right light. I tried to capture the purple in the last picture in this post.
Next I used a makeup sponge to sponge a silver coloured gradient to the tips of the fore, middle and little fingers.
On the other finger and thumb I painted a curved area in the same silver colour.
Afterwards I covered all silver areas with 2 coats of a multi glitter polish to add some extra sparkle.
Lastly, on the thumb and ring fingers, I covered the line where the 2 colours meet with some multi coloured rhinestones. I used larger sized rhinestones at the middle of the nail, and smaller ones at the edges.
This one is a simple gradient, but it reminded me of a beach after I was done.
I first painted all nails in 2 coats of the nude shade.
Next, using a makeup sponge I sponged on the first part of my gradient in a flat tourquize colour.
Afterwards I used a darker shimmery tourquize/teal colour. I sponged this on in a gradient to the very tips of each nail.
Finally I addeed 2 coats of a simple multiglitter overcoat because I felt it made the whole thing a bit more special looking.
This week I have another halloween themed nail design, which is a simple blood drip look.
Firstly I painted all my nails in 2 coats of my background colour. I decided on a nude shade.
Then using a medium sized dotting tool, I added 3 dots to each nail randomly around the mid area of the nail.
Using a smaller sized dotting tool, I created lines coming up from the dots to the base of each nail. I then filled in a small area around the base of each nail as well.
To finish everything off, I added some randomly placed smaller dots around the tip area of each nail. I dragged the dotting tool slightly upwards towards the base of each nail to give them more of a drip shape.
This one is one of my favourites. Take one large apple in your favourite kind, peel it and chop. Then add some milk, vanilla ice cream and some ground cinnamon. Blend everything together and serve straight away.
So for this years halloween design, I decided to do bat nails.
I started with 2 coats of a pea green colour and applied this the same on all nails.
After this was dry I added 2 coats of a glow in the dark nail polish. I used one by OPI called ‘Zom-body to love’. I really need to use this more often. I only ever remember I have it around Halloween.
Next I used a makeup sponge and to add a small gradient glitter tip to each nail. I used a coppery colour glitter nail paint for this as I felt the green on its own was too plain.
Finally I added the bats. To help get the detail I used a black nail art pen by Barry M.
I’m pleased with how these turned out and love looking at them glowing in the dark.
For this one I blended a handfull of raspberries, 2 passion fruits and some cranberry juice together. You might need to add a bit of sugar as I found it a little on the tangy side.
This week’s design is a simple overlapping stripes look.
I started by painting all nails with two coats of my background colour. I went for a shimmery white silk effect polish.
Then using a long nail art brush, I added two randomly placed lines to each nail in a dark blue colour.
Once this was dry I added two more randomly placed lines to each nail overlapping the previous lines. This time I used a lighter glittery blue shade.
Overall I’m happy with how it turned out but I think using a thinner brush would have looked better as the lines look a bit too thick on some nails.