For this design I started by using a pink to bronze duochrome polish in order to paint a half moon design on all of my nails.
To achieve this I used a half smile line shaped brush to make things easier. I used 2 coats of the duochrome polish.
Once this was dry, I took a black polish and a very thin brush. I used this to paint a line over the edge of the duocrhome where it makes the half moon shape. I tried to do this as neatly as I possibly could.
Afterwards, I felt that the design was too plain. I decided to try and freehand some flowers in the bottom corners of the thumbs and ring fingers using the same thin brush and black polish.
However I feel this was a mistake as they turned out nothing like how I imagined it to look. I feel it is quite messy looking on my right hand especially. I think it would have been better to have done dotting tool flowers instead.
This design is a simple one with a couple of the nails in a half moon design with a floral dotticure.
I started by painting the index, middle and little fingers in 2 coats of a coral orange shade.
I the other nails I used a curved brush in the same orange shade to paint the half moon designs.
On top of the orange I then used a translucent gold pearly shimmery shade. I am obsessed with this polish. It’s from Born Pretty from their Pearl Lustre polishes.
I then finished off the design by using a dotting tool in black to put a flower in the middle of the half moons and adding a few dots to the line on either side. For the centre of the flowers I used a single rhinestone.
This was a simple glitter gradient design I made using a pot of loose iridescent glitter.
I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a light baby blue shade.
I then used a pot of loose iridescent multi glitter and a clear top coat. I painted the tip of each nail going one at a time with the top coat and then touched the brush in a few places randomly going up the nail.
I then dipped the tip of the nail into the glitter pot. I used a sponge eye shadow applicator to dab over where the glitter went on the nail to press it in place better. I then moved up the nail slightly and continued to dab the applicator to try and create a more gradient effect between the glitter and background colour.
I then finished off with a layer of top coat. I found that more of the green comes through in the glitter in real life than what did in the pictures.
This was a simple zig zag design using a total of 3 different colours and some zig zag nail vinyls. I started by painting the thumb, middle and ring fingers in 2 coats of an off white shade that’s got small flecks of silver glitter in it.
On the other 2 nails I used 2 coats of a dark purple shade. Once these were completely dry I used the zig zag nail vinyls to mark off where I wanted to add the next colours.
On the middle fingers I used 1 vinyl to add the dark purple to the bottom half of the nails. On the index and little fingers I did the same but used a metallic rose shade instead.
On the remaining fingers I used 2 nail vinyls on each of the nails so that I could use all 3 colours. I started with the purple and then once this was completely dry I added the 2nd nail vinyl to add the rose colour.
I must admit that I was a bit impatient with the drying times and did end up having the vinyls pull off the nail colour underneath in a few places. I also found that the consistency of the chrome polish didn’t really work well with the vinyls and so the pattern was not as clear as it could have been.
I was really short on time when I did this design and I hadn’t planned on having to cut all my nails down so I had to make it quick and simple.
I accidentally sliced my right hand ring finger nail while drying up one of the cutting blades in my vegetable mandolin so low down it was right where the skin joins to the nail. How I didn’t slice my finger I have no idea. So they all had to get cut down short. The nail I sliced was so hard to cut off and file without cutting the tip of my finger.
After I painted all the nails except the thumb finger nails in 2 coats of a metallic shimmery pink and bronze duochrome shade.
On the thumbs I painted 2 coats of a light cream shade.
I then finished off the design by randomly placing light pink and dark pink rhinestones as well as gold nail beads to each of the thumb nails.
This design is very purple. It is my favourite colour after all.
I started by painting my thumb and ring fingers in 2 coats of a lilac shade. On the rest of the nails I used 2 coats of a dark purple.
Over the top of the lighter nails I used one coat of a gold shimmery polish from Born Pretty from their ‘Transparent Shell Glimmer Nail Polish’ range. I am really in love with theese polishes at the moment. They are so pretty and seem to be really hard wearing. On the darker nails I used one coat of the same type of Polish but in purple.
To the lighter coloured nails I then added a row of 5 purple rhinestones to the one side at the base of the nail.
I finished the design by adding a row of 4 gold nail beads underneath the rhinestones and then top coating all nails.
I think the bronze colour I used for this design goes really well with the black stamping.
I started by painting a large bronze tip to the ring and thumb finger nails. I used a flat brush to help define the shape and then went over this with a second coat.
On the remaining nails I covered the entire nail with 2 coats of the bronze. This colour is from Barry M’s Molten Metals.
I then stamped in black over all the bronze areas using a design from Born Pretty plate BP-L052. I used liquid tape to prevent any stamping getting on the areas of nail that I had left plain.
I then took a small dotting tool and the same black to dot a row along the line where the bronze and the bare nail met on the thumb and ring fingers. I finished off the design by placing a small silver rhinestone in the middle of each of these lines of dots.
This design is a simple gold dotticure accent nail with a magnetic gold polish used for the remaining nails.
I started by painting the ring fingers in a 2 coats of a brown shade.
On the remaining nails I used 2 coats of a magnetic gold polish. On the second coat I used a magnet with a diagonal stripe pattern to make the design.
To finish off the ring fingers, I used a gold polish and a small dotting tool to add a pattern of dots. I tried to place the dots in curved lines to make a pattern. I then top coated everything.
Unfortunately the top coat dissolved the effect of the magnetic polish a bit. It looked so much better beforehand. I wish I had remembered to take my photos before adding the top coat.
I think this design looks so much nicer with a matte coat over the top. Sometimes I quite like to put matte over the top of glitter.
I started by painting my thumb and ring fingers with 2 coats of a dense fine pink glitter.
On the remaining nails I used 2 coats of a greyish lilac shade.
Using a striping brush I carefully painted triangle shapes to the tips of the greyish nails in the pink glitter. I did think about using tape to make the lines perfect but I was feeling a bit lazy in the end, so I opted to do it freehand.
I firstly used my normal topcoat for durability and then afterwards added a layer of a matte topcoat.
For this design I wanted to use a magnetic nail paint as the background for the design so that it wasn’t just plain.
I started by painting all nails in 1 coat of a dark blue magnetic nail paint.
On the second coat of the same colour I used a magnet with a sort of wavy line pattern to make the magnetic effect.
Once this was dry I took some acrylic paint in white and mixed a light blue colour. I first used a very thin brush to paint 2 light blue flicks on the one corner at the base of each nail. I then used the white to add 3 more flicks next to this.
I still feel I need a lot more practise to make my flicks look any good. I then added a single light blue rhinestone to the corner where the flicks originated from before covering everything in a top coat.