Purple Chrome Stamped Nails

I’m really happy with the look of this design, but that is probably just because it’s purple.

I started by curing 2 coats of a black gel polish onto my thumbs, index fingers and little fingers.

On top of this I used a metallic/chrome powder in a purple colour and rubbed it in with an eye shadow brush. I brushed away the excess and cured a layer of top coat over the top. As always, I find it hard to photograph shiny shimmery effects well, but it does look really pretty in the flesh.

On the remaining nails I cured 1 coat of a white gel polish. On top of this I used 2 thin coats of a normal polish in a lilac shade. I made sure each layer had plenty of time to dry in between.

On top of this I stamped a type of swirly branch pattern from Born Pretty plate BP-28 in a dark purple colour. I then cured a layer of top coat over this to finish off the design.

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Duochrome Bow Nails

For this design I used a simple bow pattern to stamp onto each nail over the top of a duochrome pigment. As usual I find designs that have such a shiny finish hard to photograph.

I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a black gel polish and cured it.

On top of this I rubbed in a duochrome powder onto every nail. This was a pinkish purple colour that changes to a kind of greenish gold shade.

Over the top of it I used a bow pattern and a white stamping polish to stamp onto each nail.

I then cured a layer of top coat onto each nail. In the video below I tried to show the colour a bit better by taking my hand out of direct light.

Marbled Transfer Nails

For this design I tried out some marble effect nail transfers.

I started by painting the little fingers in a pink metallic textured polish. To preserve the finish of this polish I painted 1 coat, then a coat of top coat and the another coat of the polish.

To the rest of the nails I used 2 coats of a lighter pink polish that has small flecks of silver glitter in it.

On the middle fingers I added a single black petrol coloured rhinestone.

On the ring and thumb fingers I painted a layer of nail adhesive. Once tacky I applied the nail transfer sheet and rubbed over it with a cuticle stick before peeling it away. I then finished with a top coat.

Gold Sticker Stripe Nails

For this design I tried out some gold nail stickers I bought from the Born Pretty website along with a bold blue polish.

I started by painting my thumb and ring fingers in 2 coats of a bright royal blue colour.

On the rest of the nails I used 2 coats of a light pastel blue shade.

On top of these light blue nails I used 1 coat of a very fine gold shimmer overcoat. However although it looks really pretty in reality, in the photos you can’t see it at all.

On the darker blue nails I then placed a stripe of the gold nail sticker across the width of the nail. These stickers had a design of thin gold lines going diagonally in a triangle pattern.

Magnetic Gold Accent Nails

For this design I paired a gold magnetic polish with some gold nail stickers.

I started by painting all nails in 1 coat of the magnetic polish, but did not use the magnet.

I then painted the ring fingers in 2 coats of a black polish.

I then went over the gold nails in another coat of the magnetic polish and used the magnet with it to get the design. I used a diagonal stripe pattern magnet as I really like how the effect turns out with this one.

On the black nails I then placed a stripe of the gold patterned nail stickers vertically before finishing everything off with a top coat.

Magnetic Transfer Nails

For this design I wanted to use a magnetic polish and then create some accent nails with nail transfers.

I started by painting all nails with 2 coats of a purple magnetic polish. On the second coat I used the magnet to create the magnetic effect. This was a purple metallic polish from Nails Inc.

I find the quick dry top coat I normally use can drag the magnetic effect. So this time I tried painting a standard top coat on one nail at a time and using the magnet again over the top of this.

On the thumb and ring finger nails I painted a layer of nail adhesive. While this was turning clear and tacky I used my normal quick dry top coat over the other nails.

When the adhesive was ready I applied the nail transfer by pressing it down over the nails. This was on a roll of plastic a bit like how you can get nail foils. However this had a white floral pattern with leaves and branches in it. My application wasn’t the neatest, but I finished off the nails with a layer of top coat.

Bronze Triangle Nails

My nails are quite short at the moment so I wanted something simple but pretty that would suit short nails.

I started by painting my thumb and index fingers in 2 coats of a pastel sea green colour.

On the ring and little fingers I used 2 coats of a light greyish purple shade.

On the middle fingers I used 2 coats of a glittery bronze shade.

To complete the design, I then took a small brush and the same bronze polish and painted triangles on the tips of the index and ring fingers.

Simple Short Matte Nails

I managed to split one of my ring finger nails really low down, so it was time to trim them all short. I decided to a simple design using a few simple effects, which I made matte afterwards.

I tarted by painting all nails except the little finger nails in 2 coats of a lilac shade. On the little fingers I used 3 coats of a dark purple polish with fine gold glitter in it.

On the middle fingers I used a gold glittery crackle polish.

On the ring fingers I used a few coats of a clear polish with gold and champagne coloured flakie glitter in it.

I then went over the top of the whole design with a matte top coat.

Blue Sparkle Stripe Nails

I think the result of this design is quite pretty.

I started by painting my middle and ring fingers with an off white shade with small silver flecks of glitter in it.

On the remaining nails I used a light blue shade.

On the thumbs I then used a very dense light blue glitter. This also has some flecks of gold glitter in it.

To finish off the design I used a very thin light blue glittery striping tape. I placed 1 stripe of this on each of the middle and ring fingers going vertically to the one side of the nail.

Glitterati Stripes Nails

For this design I wanted to try out some glittery striping tape that I recently purchased from Born Pretty.

I started by painting all nails in a black polish. I used 2 coats on the thumbs, middle and ring fingers, and 1 coat on the rest.

On the little and index fingers I used 2 coats of a polish that has a translucent black base and a dense multi glitter in it. This is called Rockstar from Barry M’s glitterati collection.

On the thumbs I painted the bottom half of the nails in the same multi glitter polish. On the middle fingers I painted about 3/4 of the way up with the glitter and on the ring fingers I just painted the tips.

I then took a thin silver glittery striping tape and placed this along the line where the black base and glittery polish met. On the ring fingers I also placed 2 extra stripes of the same tape nearer to the base of the nail.