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.

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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.

Midnight Rain Nails

For this week’s design, I started off by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a dark blue shade.

Next I used a top coat with very fine pinkish shimmer in it. Unfortunately it didn’t really photograph very well, but it does look pretty when the light hits it right.

Afterwards I took a glittery light blue shade and a dotting tool. I used this to place dots in a gradient type effect.

I did this by concentrating a larger amount of the dots near the base of the nail. I always made the sizes of the dots smaller as they got further from the base of the nail.

Overlapped Triangle Nails

For this design I wanted to try out making my own nail ‘stickers’ in triangle shapes using a silicone mat.

I started by painting 3 rectangles in my 3 chosen colours onto a silicone mat. I used 2 coats for each and used an orange, shimmery blue and glittery purple shade. I left this to dry really well.

Once they were dry I carefully peeled them from the mat and cut each rectangle into 4 triangles to make my triangle stickers.

On my nails I used 2 coats of the orange shade on my thumbs, the blue on the index fingers, and the purple on the little fingers. On the remaining fingers I used a cream shade to make the background for my stickers.

Using clear polish as a glue, I stuck the triangles down onto the cream coloured nails. I wanted the to overlap in the middle. I cut/removed any excess sticker from eat nail and then finished off with a top coat. Unfortunately it did get a little messy and smudgy in places when sticking the triangles down but the top coat did help to disguise this a little.

Teal Triangles

For this design I did some stamping and made some nail stickers from a geometric triangular plate no.BP-L054 from Born Pretty. It was night time by the time I had finished these so unfortunately I had to take the pictures under artificial light.

I started by painting the thumbs and ring fingers in 2 coats of a light cream/nude shade. On the remaining nails I used 2 coats of a metallic teal/tourquise colour.

On the teal nails I used a gold nail polish with the stamping plate to stamp a different pattern from the plate onto each of those nails.

For the cream nails I used a silicone mat to make some nail stickers from patterns on the plate using a black polish.

I used the same teal and gold shades from the other nails to fill in the spaces in the patterns before transferring them over to the nails. Things did get a little messy in places but the top coat helped a little to even things out and hide this.

Geometric Foil Nails

These nails came out looking really shiny, but unfortunately I didn’t do a very good job at sticking the foil down so it started curling up in the corners not long after completing the design.

I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a dark purple shade.

I then took the sheet of foil and cut it into random geometric shapes.

Next I painted a layer of nail adhesive over all my nails.

I then placed bits of the foil randomly onto each nail before finishing with a top coat. The foil is a duochrome effect in colours of green, yellow and orange.