These are a twist on a French manicure, that I think came out really pretty. The photos do not do it justice though as I feel the colours look so much better in reality.
To start I just painted all my nails with 2 coats of a clear nail strengthener/base coat.
I then took a colour by Barry M called ‘Dusky Mauve’. The best way to describe this colour is a dark brownish purple. It does have purple shimmer in it but it is hard to see when on the nail. I used a wide flat brush to help paint this onto the tips of the ring fingers as neatly as I could. I then repeated a second coat.
On the remaining nails I used the same flat brush with a chrome rose gold shade in order to paint the tips onto those nails.
I then finished off the design by placing a row of rhinestones at the base of each ring finger nail and then covering everything with a top coat.
For this design I was going for a sort of weathered copper effect, but I also wanted the finish to be matte.
I started by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a metallic teal/turquoise shade.
Once this was dry I used a bronze coloured polish and a flat brush. I brushed off any excess onto some tin foil and then used the brush to dry brush an effect over the top of each nail.
I repeated this again to try and build up the effect a bit more so that there was more prominent areas of the bronze showing through.
I then finished off the design with 2 coats of a matte top coat.
For this design I started off by painting the ring and middle fingers in a grey shade.
On top of this I did a dry brush effect, first using a white, then a light sea green and then a metallic turquoise.
On top of this I stamped a floral lace pattern in black from Born Pretty Plate BPL30.
To the thumb and index finger I used 2 coats of the sea green shade.
I finished off the little finger with 2 coats of the metallic turquoise shade.
For this weeks design I have done a pretty pink dry marble/smooshy nails design.
I started by painting my middle and ring finger nails in a white polish.
Then onto a silicone mat I blobbed some of the white polish, a grey, a lilac and a pink polish. The lilac and pink are from Barry M’s Coconut Infusions range. I then used a thin dotting tool to mix the blobs together a little.
I used some liquid tape around my nails to help with cleanup. Then, using a nail art stamper, I picked up some of the mixed nail polish from the mat and stamped it over the entire nails with the white base. I removed the liquid tape and cleaned up around the nails. Unfortunately I couldn’t really see the lilac polish in the final design.
On the remaining nails I used a light pink with silver glitter flakes from Barry M’s Coconut infusions range. I used 3 coats of this in total. I then topped everything off with a top coat.
For this design we have a mix of different things going on for each nail.
I started by painting the thumbs in 2 coats of a shimmery white shade. On top of this I used a purple crackle polish. It seems like it has been so long since I last used a crackle polish.
On the ring fingers I used DIY masking tape to tape off a triangle at the base of the nail. I painted over the nail with a dark purple shade. On top of this I painted 1 coat of a dense purple multi glitter polish, before removing the tape. On the line separating the purple from the plain nail, I placed a line of small gold coloured nail beads.
On the remaining fingers I covered the nails with 2 coats of the dark purple shade, except for the index finger on which I only used 1 coat.
I placed one single square gold nail stud on the middle fingers, and on the index finger I used 1 coat of the glitter polish.
For this design I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a pastel sea green colour.
Once this was dry I placed a single small silver rhinestone in the middle of the base of each nail except the ring fingers.
On the ring fingers I took some small pearl effect nail art gems. I randomly stuck a few of these near the base of both ring fingers.
I then filled in the gaps with some of the silver rhinestones. I tried to shape the design almost like a half moon of nail gems at the base of the nail.
I then sealed my design together with a top coat.
For this design I did something different across most of my nails, but I tried to stick to a purple theme in general.
I started by painting my thumbs in 2 coats of a lilac shade and my index fingers in 3 coats of an off white with small flakes of silver glitter. On the middle and ring fingers I used 2 coats of a dark purple, and on the little fingers I used 3 coats of a duochrome purple – bronze.
All colours were from various collections by Barry M. On the little and index fingers, I left them plain and finished off with a top coat.
On the thumbs I placed a single medium sized silver rhinestone in the middle of the base of the nail. Then around this I placed a half circle of smaller purple rhinestones.
On the remaining nails, I used some nail foil in 2 different shades of pink and one in silver. I used some normal topcoat and removed as much excess from the brush as I could before randomly placing strokes on the nail. I then stuck the foil to this. I alternated between the colours to build up the random foil effect until I was happy with it.
For this design I was trying out a new stamping plate and polish from Born Pretty that my brothers got me for my birthday.
The base for this design is a colour changing polish. I found that the colour change is quite subtle from a darker purple to a lighter purple to be very noticeable. However I found if I ran my nails under very hot water it did start to change to more of a pink shade. Most of the time though my nails are just too cold to see any difference.
The colours itself however are nice as purple is my favourite colour. I also love the inclusion of the silver glitter in multiple sizes as it makes for a prettier base for designs. I used 3 coats of this to get a proper coverage on the nail but it is very quick drying.
On top of this I stamped floral designs in white. The plate I used is BPX-L019 which has various pretty floraly type designs.
I used 2 of the different designs from this plate to stamp onto each nail. I tried to make the placement different on each nail so that it wasn’t all just the same for each nail.
I really like how the ring finger turned out on this design and it was relatively simple to achieve.
I started by painting all nails except the ring finger nails in 2 coats of a bright blue with a bit of shimmer in it. On the ring fingers I used 1 coat of a translucent nude shade to improve the overall look of the nail.
I then used a white stamping polish and a floral lace pattern from born pretty plate #bpl30. I stamped this over the entire of all the nails except the ring fingers. I cleaned this up and topped with a top coat.
On the ring fingers, I took some DIY masking tape and drew around the round edge of the bottom of my stamper. I then cut this out to make a curved edge. I used this to mask off a curved line on the nail. I then painted in the bottom of the nail in the same blue shade before removing the tape.
Then to finish off the design, I covered the curved line where the blue ends with rhinestones. I started with a slightly larger sized rhinestone nearer the base of the nail and gradually reduced the size as I followed the line.
These nails were more of an experiment than anything. I have some colour changing nail paints (from Barry M’s Chameleon range) that I barley ever use. This is simply because I like to always use topcoat over everything to make my nails last a lot longer. However the shades themselves are some quite decent metallic colours. Therefore for these nails I decided to use one of these as the base.
I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of one of these polishes, and then adding a layer of topcoat once it had dried. This changed the shade from a metallic blue to a metallic red. The only problem was that in some places around the edges there was still some small areas of blue left.
Over the top of this base I wanted to do a simple stamped design using a new stamping plate; ‘Born Pretty BP – L052’ which one of my brothers got me for Xmas. I picked one of the designs from this plate and then used liquid tape around each nail.
Once that was dry, I used a white stamping polish and a clear stamper to stamp and place my design over each nail. I then carefully removed the liquid tape from around each nail and cleaned up any mess around the edges.
To finish off the design I applied another layer of top coat over everything. To my surprise, whatever was in my base colour that makes it change colour, managed to come through the previous layer of top coat and reacted with the white stamped polish and second layer of top coat as I applied it. This resulted in the white stamping polish also changing to red. The result is what you can see in the pictures. Although it doesn’t look too great it was still quite fun to see things changing colours.