Wedding Nails

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.

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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.

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Then going diagonally across the bottoms of each nail I painted one coat of a white colour.

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Over the top of this I used Barry M’s Royal Textured Glitter nail paint in ‘Lady’ as it is so pretty.

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Next I added a diagonal line of rhinestones across each nail to cover the line where both colours met. I then added my topcoat.

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Finally to bring back the texture, I reapplied another coat of Lady, making sure not to paint over the rhinestones.

Water Spotted Nail Experiment

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Vertical Gradient

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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I then sponged this down the length of the nail which resulted in the defined line between each colour becoming blended into a gradient.

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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.

Curvy Diamonds

I am quite pleased wih how this design came out and might try something similar again in the future.

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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.

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Next I used a makeup sponge to sponge a silver coloured gradient to the tips of the fore, middle and little fingers.

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On the other finger and thumb I painted a curved area in the same silver colour.

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Afterwards I covered all silver areas with 2 coats of a multi glitter polish to add some extra sparkle.

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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.

Aqua Beach

This one is a simple gradient, but it reminded me of a beach after I was done.

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I first painted all nails in 2 coats of the nude shade.

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Next, using a makeup sponge I sponged on the first part of my gradient in a flat tourquize colour.

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Afterwards I used a darker shimmery tourquize/teal colour. I sponged this on in a gradient to the very tips of each nail.

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Finally I addeed 2 coats of a simple multiglitter overcoat because I felt it made the whole thing a bit more special looking.

Blood Drips

This week I have another halloween themed nail design, which is a simple blood drip look.

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Firstly I painted all my nails in 2 coats of my background colour. I decided on a nude shade.

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Then using a medium sized dotting tool, I added 3 dots to each nail randomly around the mid area of the nail.

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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.

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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.

Spooky Glowing Bats

So for this years halloween design, I decided to do bat nails.

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I started with 2 coats of a pea green colour and applied this the same on all nails.

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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.

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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.

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Finally I added the bats. To help get the detail I used a black nail art pen by Barry M.

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I’m pleased with how these turned out and love looking at them glowing in the dark.

Blue Ribbons

This week’s design is a simple overlapping stripes look.

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I started by painting all nails with two coats of my background colour. I went for a shimmery white silk effect polish.

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Then using a long nail art brush, I added two randomly placed lines to each nail in a dark blue colour.

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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.

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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.