Mirror and Shimmer Nails

For this design I was trying out gel polish again and a silver chrome nail powder.

I started by painting and curing all my nails in 2 coats of a white polish.

On the thumb, index and little fingers I cured a no wipe top coat on the nails and then rubbed in a silver metallic nail powder with an eyeshadow sponge. I brushed away the excess around my nails and then cured another layer of top coat on top of this.

On the ring fingers I used a layer of top coat and then stuck on some rhinestones. I placed a larger rhinestone in the middle of the nail and then attached 3 smaller ones in a curve shape on either side of this.

I finished off the design by painting 2 coats of a textured nail polish that is white with small iridescent glitter and shimmer in it. It is by Barry M from the Royal Textured Glitter Range called Lady and is one of my favourite nail polishes.

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Blue Tips Nails

For these nails I was going for an almost negative space design by using a pearly shimmery gold topper polish over the negative areas.

I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of the shimmery gold topper polish so that the nail could be seen through it.

Then I took a dark blue polish and painted 2 coats of this on the tip half of each nail.

To cover the line where the blue polish ends I used a stripe of gold glittery striping tape across the middle of each nail.

I find the tape sticks down better if you use some nail adhesive with it. I then covered everything with a layer of a standard top coat because I find it holds things down better before finishing with a layer of quick dry top coat.

Hot Pink Daisy Nails

This week’s design is a simple daisy design for the summer.

I started by painting my little fingers in 2 coats of a textured yellow shade with superfine almost invisible gold shimmer in it.

On all remaining nails I used 2 coats of a hot pink shade.

To the thumb nails I used a smallish dotting tool to place 3 groups of 5 dots in circles. I then placed a yellow dot in the middle of each to make small daisies.

On the ring fingers I used a thin brush to paint some daisy petals in white towards the corner of the base of the nail. I then used a large dotting tool to fill in the centre of the daisies in yellow.

Metallic Floral Nails

This week’s design is a pretty pink floral design using a really dense pink metallic fine glitter.

I started by painting the thumb, index and little fingers in 2 coats of the pink glitter shade.

On the remaining nails I used 2 coats of a pinkish lilac shade.

I then used a very thin brush with a black stamping polish and painted 4 flicks onto each of the lilac nails. I also used a white stamping polish to add 2 white flicks to each.

I finished the design by using a dotting tool to place a circle of 5 dots in the pink glitter shade onto each of the lilac nails. I then placed a white dot into the centre of each of these to make flowers.

Rose Embellished Accent Nails

This design is pretty simple except for the ring finger nails.

I think it works well though for short to medium sized nails.

I started by painting my ring finger nails in 2 coats of a dark purple shade that has a slight shimmer to it.

On all remaining nails I used 2 coats of a rose gold metallic polish.

I then finished the design by adding some light purple rhinestones and rose gold nail beads to the side of the ring finger nails.

Strawberry Nails

This week’s design is some jucy strawberry nails.

I started by painting my thumb and ring fingers in 2 coats of a shimmery bright red shade.

On the remaining nails I used 2 coats of a light pink shade with flecks of silver glitter in it.

To the red nails I then used a thin nail art brush and a green shade to paint the leafy stems. I used the same brush with a yellow shade to paint in the strawberry seeds.

I finished off the design by adding 2 different strawberry fimo clay decorations to each of the pink nails.

Subtle Gold and Grey Nails

This design is pretty subtle in the way that the gold does not stand out much against the base colour, but I think the colour combo look pretty together.

I started by painting all nails in a greyish shade that has a mix of gold and bronze shades of very fine shimmer.

On the middle and ring fingers I stamped in gold at the base of the nails.

I then used a dense fine gold glitter polish and a makeup sponge to sponge a bit of a gradient onto the tips of each of the nails.

At first I was going to put a matte top coat over the top of everything, but in the end I decided to leave it glossy. I felt the matte might have made it too hard to see the stamping.

Pink Circular Gradient Nails

This was a nice simple design that works good for short nails.

I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a light pink shade.

I then used a darker bright pink shade and a round sponge to sponge a gradient effect into the centre of each nail.

On the middle and ring fingers I finished off the design with some embellishments.

I used 3 pink flower shaped nail gems on each of those nails with a couple of nail beads in between.

Duochrome Magnetic Nails

The polish I used for this design is from Born Pretty Store. It is from their ‘Chameleon 3D Magnetic Aurora Series Cat Eye Nail Polish’ range and is called ‘Astral Realm’.

It is supposed to be used over black polish but for this design I painted one coat of a dark purple as the base for each nail. On the ring and thumb fingers I painted it diagonally across half of the nail to leave some negative space.

Over the top of this I painted 2 coats of the magnetic polish. On the second coat I used a magnet with a wavy sort of pattern.

The effect came out really pretty. The magnetic polish is a duochrome with hues of purple, green and gold.

I completed the design by placing some petrol coloured rhinestones across the diagonal lines made on the thumb and ring fingers.

Brush Stroke Marble Nails

For this design I wanted to try out a marble effect using a thin brush on uncured gel polish. However I think I got a bit carried away with the amount of lines I had put. I think it would have been better to put a couple of lines per nail and focused on blending them out more. Next time I try this I will have some reference images of marble to hand to help me.

I started by painting all nails with a base coat, curing it, and then curing a coat of white gel polish on top.

On all fingers except the ring and middle fingers I cured a second coat of white. I then brushed on a nail powder over the top of these nails. The powder makes the white look pink and has a teal pearly shimmer effect to it in the light. However the pink was a lot lighter than I was hoping it would be and so there is not much of a contrast between these and the marble nails. Next time I think I would just use a light pink colour underneath to help it a bit.

On the remaining ring and middle fingers I painted another coat of white but I did not cure it. I then took a very thin brush and used a black gel to paint in my marble effect. I painted thin wobbly lines and then went over it with the brush a few times to blend it out more into the white to make it look more marbled. I then cured it.

To finish off the design I used the same thin brush and a metallic pink shade and added little flicks in random places near the lines to add a bit more detail to the marble effect before finishing off with a top coat.