Magnetic Tartan Nails

For this design I wanted to use a tartan pattern from one of my stamping plates. The plate is Harunouta #10. The pattern only covers the one corner of the plate so is a bit on the small side, but I just about managed to cover my nails with it.

I also wanted the background colour to have a little depth to it so I used a red magnetic nail polish with a stripe patterned magnet.

I started by painting all nails in one coat of the red magnetic polish that I had chosen as my base. Once this was dry I applied a generous second coat, going one nail at a time, and immediately held the magnet over the top to give it a stripe pattern.

I gave this a good bit of time to dry really well. During this time I set up my stamping plate and tools. I used a black stamping polish to stamp my design. I also used liquid tape around my nails to help with the cleanup.

When I was ready I stamped the tartan pattern over each of my nails, removed the liquid tape and then used a flat brush with acetone to clean up any areas that needed it. I tried to place the design so that it was different on each nail. I also wanted to place it straight, but as I was not using a clear stamper, this didn’t quite happen on some nails.

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French Valentines Tips Nails

This was a nice quick and simple Valentines design.

I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a dark pinkish red. This was ‘Raspberry’ by Barry M.

Once this was dry I used a white polish and stamped my design over the tips of each nail.

The plate I used is labeled ‘XY20’ and is a large plate of different tip designs that I got off eBay.

The design I chose is a pattern of heart shapes with 2 stripes to mark the edge of the tip.

Pastel Blossom Nails

For this design I wanted to try painting some thin branches with little leaves and blossoms on there.

I started by painting the thumb and ring fingers in 2 coats of a cream/nude shade to be the background for my main design.

On the little fingers I painted a sea green colour and on the remaining fingers I used a lilac.

On the ring and thumb fingers I then took a very thin brush and a light brown nail polish. I used this to paint a thin branch on each of the chosen nails.

I finished off the design by then using a small dotting tool to place some dots in the same sea green colour along the branch to make leaves. I tried to vary the pressure in order to make the sizes of the dots different. I then repeated the same in the lilac shade to look like blooms along the branch.

Blue and Gold Stripe Nails

This is a simple design made using striping tape.

I started by painting my thumbs in 2 coats of a gold shade.

On the remaining nails I used 2 coats of a dark shimmery blue.

On the gold nails I used blue striping tape and lay 4 stripes across each nail in a random pattern. Unfortunately my top coat faded the colour a bit on the blue striping tape.

On the ring fingers I also used 4 stripes of striping tape across the nails in a random pattern but this time I used a gold coloured tape.

Rhinestone and Flakie Nails

This design was a simple mix up of different things for each nail.

On the ring fingers I painted 2 coats of an off white polish with small silver flakes in it. Once this was dry I added a row of different sized rhinestones in a curve at the base of the nail.

On the index and little fingers I painted 2 coats of a kind of greige with a hint of lilac to it.

To these nails I added an iridescent glittery top coat in gradient effect, concentrating more of the glitter near the base of the nails. I then went over this in the same way with an iridescent flakie polish. Unfortunately it didn’t pick up too well on the camera.

On the remaining nails I painted 2 coats of a dark purple. Over the top of this I used a shimmery pearl purple effect over coat. Onto the thumb nails only I also added 2 rhinestones.

Pink Floral Accent Nails

I feel it’s been ages since I did dotticure flowers. This one is a simple accent nail design.

I started by painting all nails except the ring finger nails in a 2 coats of a bright hot pink colour. On the remaining nail I used 2 coats of a light pink with silver flecks in it.

Over the top of the bright pink nails I used 1 coat of a shimmery gold pearl effect polish to give the pink some extra depth.

On the light pink ring finger nails, I used a thin brush and a green polish to paint a single leaf onto them.

Then using a large dotting tool, I placed 5 dots in the bright pink in a flower shape. For the centre of the flowers I used a glittery gold polish.

Simple Lilac Holo Nails

This was a nice and quick purple themed design.

I painted my thumb and ring fingers in 2 coats of a dark purple shade.

On the rest of the nails I used a lilac shade.

Over the darker nails I used 1 coat of a holographic polish. I think I should have used 2 coats to get the full effect of the holo, however I wanted to be able to see the purple base come through from underneath.

On the middle fingers I finished it off by placing a row of differing sized silver nails beads along the base of the nail.

Simple Christmas Stripes Nails

This is a super simple design that you could do for Christmas time due to the colours, or you could change the colours around for any time of the year.

I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a bright red shade, except for the thumbs and ring fingers.

On the thumbs and ring fingers, I used a striping brush to paint a diagonal line in the same red shade starting in one corner at the base of the nail and ending about a 1/3 of the way down the nail on the opposite side.

I filled in the area closest to the tip of the nail in 2 coats of the red shade, leaving a small negative space area near the base of the nail.

On the same thumb and ring finger nails I first took a gold striping tape. I placed a diagonal stripe of this so that the line was coming from the opposite corner to the the line I had painted in red with the striping brush. I then placed a green stripe of striping tape just underneath the gold stripe, leaving a little space in between.

Red Holo Triangle Nails

For this design I wanted to have triangle tips in a holo polish on each nail. However I feel the holo effect just did not show up as much as I wanted it to and that it just turned out more like silver glitter instead.

I started off by painting all nails in 2 coats of bright shimmery red shade. It’s a nice Christmasy red.

Once this was dry I took a striping brush and the holo polish that I was using to paint in the triangle shapes from the tip ends of the nails.

I felt I needed 3 coats of the holo to cover it over the red base evenly, so using the same striping brush I added 2 more coats. I wonder if I used too many coats to make the holo effect work well.

I then finished off the design by adding a single black petrol coloured rhinestone to the middle of each nail at the point of the triangle.

Grey Floral Nails

This was a nice simple design with a bit of stamping and a few rhinestones thrown in for some extra bling.

I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a brownish grey colour that has fine gold shimmer in it.

After I used a floral pattern from stamping plate BPX-L019 by Born Pretty.

I used this with a white polish and stamped to the base areas of the thumb and ring finger nails only.

I finished off the design with a single rhinestone under the middle of each stamped nail area.