This is a super simple one I did one week when time was short, but I still think it looks pretty.
I also wanted an excuse to play with a flakie top coat over a nude base. Therefore I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a nude colour.
After I took a bright pink and a light blue. Using a dotting tool I placed large dots along the tips of each nail, alternating the colours as I went to the next nail.
Then I covered everything with a flakie top coat before covering with my normal top coat.
Although the pictures do not really show the flakie polish well (I often struggle to photograph such polishes well), in reality it did give a nice subtle effect of flashes of different colours over the nails when the light hit them in the right places. You can probably see this best in the last picture.
This design uses the Crystal Glaze topcoat that Barry M released near the end of last year. It is a flakie topcoat made up of multi coloured flakes in pastel shades.
I painted all my nails with 2 coats of a purple base. I then added the flakie top coat. I think I used about 3 coats in the end to get the density that I wanted. As usual with glitters I always find it difficult to capture the full extent of how it looks with the camera. In the picture below I only had artificial light, and as you can see it did not pick up the flakes as well as in the natural daylight pics.
I only have one other flakie nail polish by another brand. That one is made up of duochrome flakes and so behaves more like a duochrome nail polish would. This one is very different as it seems it is made up of different coloured flakes. This means you can see multiple colours at once which is nice.
Afterwards I used a coral/orange shade along with a dotting tool to add petals for flowers on each nail.
Then I used a gold to add the centre of the flowers and some other dots for extra detail.
Although I have seen better flakie polishes in posts online, I still think the Barry M one is pretty. It is easily buildable by putting more coats depending on how much you want the flakes to stand out. There’s also a nice mix of colours, shapes and sizes in the flakes.
I did this design back in the autumn but just remembered I never got around to making it into a blog post.
I firstly painted all nails with 2 coats of my base colour. I decided on a nude shade.
Then using a orange shade and a thin nail art brush I painted an outline of where I wanted the leaves to be. It’s always so hard to paint onto your dominant hand’s nails lol. I then filled in the shapes with the same colour.
To get the mix of colour on the leaves I used the same orange, a green shade and a yellow shade. I used some makeup sponges to sponge on the colours over where I had drew on the leaf shape. I made sure not to overload the sponge to make the effect more ‘speckled’. I kept building the colours up on top of each other in layers until I was happy with the result.
Once it was all dry, I went over the outline of the leaves with a black nail art pen, added in some leaf veins, and finished it off with a topcoat.
This year I decided to go for a cartoon heart design for Valentines day.
For my base colour I went for a very sheer nude pink as I didn’t want it to distract from the design.
Then using a thin nail art brush I attempted to freehand heart shapes in a shimmery bright red.
As you can see this came out better on some nails than others. I then went over this in a second coat to make it less streaky.
Afterwards I used a white nail art pen to add a small highlight to each heart.
Then I finished off the hearts by outlining them with a black nail art pen before covering with a topcoat.
Overall I’m happy with how they turned out, but the thumb nail of my left hand definatley came out the best.
This is another design I wanted to try using a magnetic nail paint.
Firstly I painted all nails in 2 coats of a teal/turquoise colour.
Then on the bottom halves of each nail I painted on a purple magnetic effect polish. The magnet used gave a curved line type of effect.
Then in order to hide the line between the 2 colours, I added a dark pink stripe of striping tape across each nail.
I really like how these colours work together, and the striping tape helps the whole thing look a lot more clean and finished.
This design is based on a pink and black hex glitter that I have and wanted to use in a design. It’s a simple design but still works well I feel.
Firstly I painted all my nails in my base colour. I decided to go for a nude shade so that the pink and black stood out.
Then on all nails except the ring finger I painted a few coats of the pink and black hex glitter until I was happy with the amount of glitter on the nail.
Then on the ring fingers I added my spots using a dotting tool. I used a small size for the black dots and a slightly bigger size for the pink.
I added them by doing a diagonal row of the pin down the centre. I then added a row of the black dots on either side of the pink.
This was a very quick and simple design I did when I was in a rush to be somewhere one week. However it still looks quite effective. I really cant stand just plain nail varnish on my nails so I have to at least do something with it.
First I painted all nails with 2 coats of a dark green shade.
Then using a makeup sponge I sponged on the colour U was using to add the gradient.
I built this up in layers until I was happy with the result.
On the ring fingers I sponged on gold and on the rest I used silver.
I’ve been trying to find ways of using the magnetic nail polishes I have, but making them more interesting than just using the magnetic polish on its own.
First I painted the ring finger with 2 coats of a gold foil effect nail paint, and the rest with a magnetic green and used a sort of wavy line magnet on top of it.
On the ring fingers I then added a line of 3 light green rhinestones. However I think next time I would use a darker green colour for this to make it stand out better.
On all the magnetic covered fingers I added a gold line down the centre of each nail with a striping brush.
On the thumbs I did almost the same, but I made it 2 lines on either side of the nail.
I preferred how the thumb nails turned out, and so think it would have been better to do that on all the nails that I used the magnetic effect on instead. Striping tape could be another alternative to try as well.
This week is another design I made using my fimo nail art fruits.
I first painted all nails with 2 coats of a pastel yellow colour.
I then sponged on a pink neon shade and built it up in layers until the gradient looked how I wanted it to. The yellow underneath gave the pink a more peachy colour once it was dry.
I then added on 2 fimo fruit pieces to each nail.
I lastly held it all together with plenty of top coat. This design was good for remembering the summer time now that it’s gone.
Here’s another Christmas/Winter design. I have done snowflakes in the past, but I wanted to try and improve upon that.
First I painted all nails in 2 coats of a deep bright blue. This blue also has some fine shimmer inside it as well which goes well with the theme of the design.
Next I used a white nail art pen to draw on the snowflakes. I focused mainly on the upper half of the nail. For the bigger flakes I drew a large + shape with a smaller X shape inside of it. I then added a little fork type shape to the end of each point. Each point ends up looking a bit like how you would draw a birds foot as a child.
Then to fill up the blank space I added some smaller snowflakes by simply making asterisk * shapes. The rest of the space was filled with a few random dots to make tiny snowflakes.
Afterwards I used Barry M’s Royal Glitter Paint in Lady. I sponged this to the tips of each nail and built it up in a few layers to make a gradient of snowy sparkle.