Red and Gold Mandala Nails

So for this weeks design, I gave the mandala stamping plate (born pretty plate #bpx15) another go. I had trouble getting this to work with any of my clear stampers, and had to give up on it in the end.

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This time around I used a squishy sticky marshmallow stamper and got much better results. The only problem was, that this meant I couldn’t really see where I was placing the design. Due to this both hands don’t match up as well as I wanted them too.

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I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a deep raspberry red shade. I let this dry for a bit and then used a dry fast top coat over the top.

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Next, I used liquid latex around my nails to help make clean up easier. I find I have to use it on alternate nails, and then after I am finished with those nails I can go back and do the rest. This is because I always end up touching the fingers together and the latex just sticks to itself and pulls away from my fingers before I even get chance to stamp on them.

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To finish the design, I used a gold nail paint with the mandala designed stamping plate and stamped onto each nail. I tried to use a different part of the design on each nail on one hand and then make the other hand match. I then cleaned up around my nails and finished everything off with a top coat.

Purple Acrylic Paint Marble Nails

For this week’s design, I wanted to try out a design using acrylic paint, so decided on a marble type effect.

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I started by painting all my nails in white to make a base for the design and to help the colours show up.

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Next I painted over the top of the first nail in purple acrylic paint and then blobbed on some splodges of a white acrylic paint. I then used a piece of kitchen foil and gently rocked it over the top of the paint in order to blend it together.

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I then blobbed more blobs of white and purple over the top and used the brush to blend them into the design slightly until I was happy with the distribution of the white and purple areas on the nail. I then repeated this on all nails.

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Afterwards I cleaned up any mess around the nails, and used a clear nail paint to attach a single bright neon orange nail stud to each nail. I then sealed the design together with a top coat. Overall I’m pleased with how it turned out and think the orange studs I used to finish off the design work really well with the purple.

Duochrome Gold Spiral Spots Nails

These nails might look like they were a bit complex to make, but they actually didn’t take me anywhere near as long to do as I expected. I was very pleased with how well they came out. Often I have this great picture in my mind of how an idea will look, and then when I actually come to trying to make the design, it ends up nowhere near as good as I envisioned. However, this was one of those rare cases where the idea came out better than I expected.

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I decided to use a duochrome shade for my base. This one is called ‘Persian’ and is by Barry M. It’s a pretty purple shade that turns to shades of bronze and gold. For the dot details, I used a shimmery gold shade to match with the colours in the duochrome.

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I started by painting all nails in 3 coats of the duochrome base colour. I needed 3 coats to make it opaque enough. In hindsight I should have really used a dark shade underneath.

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Next I took the smallest sized dotting tool that I had and used this to place the shimmery gold dots on all nails. The idea behind the placement was to have them in curved and spiraling line patterns. I wanted each nail on one hand to have a completely different pattern on it, but I wanted the hands themselves to match.

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On the thumbs I went for a spiral of dots coming from the base to the middle of the nail, as well as a curve of lines going along the one side of the nail. The ring finger nail was a bit similar, but the spiral came from the tip of the nail, with lines of dots near the base of the nail. On the index finger, I made a half moon of dots along the one side of the nail. The middle finger was the opposite to this as it had an inverted curve of dots made on the opposite side of the nail. Finally, on the little finger, I placed a half moon of dots at the tip of the nail, with lines of dots going diagonally across the base of the nail.

Autumn Medley Nails

For this week’s design I decided to go with the seasons and do an autumn inspired manicure. I wanted there to be a range of different nails rather than have most of the nails with the same design.

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I started by painting my chosen base colours onto each nail. On the little finger I used 2 coats of a pastel orange shade as this is the most opaque orange I have, and I wanted to stamp with it as well. On the index finger I used 3 coats of a glittery gold shade. On the middle finger I used 2 coats of a light brown shade and on the remaining nails I used 2 coats of a lighter tan shade.

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For the index finger I left it as it was just the plain glittery gold. On the little fingers I made it into a gradient by sponging a red shimmery shade onto the tips up towards the middle of the nail.

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On the middle nail I used the slightly lighter tan shade to stamp 2 leaves onto the nail. I wanted this to look quite subtle as I also placed 3 rhinestones at the base of the nail to add further decoration.

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On the remaining thumb and ring finger nails, I stamped a gradient of leaves using the orange and red shade. However the orange came out too subtle against the tan background. I think I should have used a much lighter shade for the base colour to make it stand out more. A darker orange suitable for stamping would have been better if I had one as well. The plate I used was #19 by Born pretty.

Chrome Colour Block Nails

This week’s design is a simple colour block mani, using colours that have chrome/metallic/duochrome finishes to them.

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I started by painting the thumb and ring fingers in a shimmery gold base in which to put my colour blocking over the top of. The colour I used was ‘Christmas Gold’ by Barry M. I made sure that this was dried fully.

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On top of these, I then used 5 pieces of striping tape to tap off 6 triangular sections. To do this place one strip of tape across the middle of the nail. Then on both halves use 2 more pieces of tape in each going diagonally outwards from where the first piece of tape started.

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To fill in the blocks of colour, I used 3 different shades. All by Barry M, I used a purple duochrome called ‘Persian’, a blue called ‘Pacific’, and a pink called ‘Mediterranean’. I used a small nail art brush in order to apply these neatly onto the sections I had taped off. Then before it had time to dry fully, I carefully removed the tape from each nail.

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To finish off the remaining nails, I used each of the 3 colours on one nail on each hand; the blue on the index finger, the pink on the middle finger and the purple on the little finger. To complete the design, I used a small rhinestone on each nail. On the colour blocked nails, I placed this at the point where the tips of the triangles meet.

Halloween Kitty Nails

These are the not very scary witches black cat nails that I have done for Halloween this year. We are going to family friend’s Halloween party, and because I will be busy trying to paint a scary clown face on my brother for his costume, I have decided to keep my own costume simple, and so decided to go as a cat. I’ve seen a few versions of these cat nails online over the past couple of week’s and thought they would be perfect to recreate to pair with my costume.

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I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a very light grayish purple shade to make the base for all my nails.

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I then took a black acrylic paint and a thin brush to paint triangle shapes on each side of the bottom half of each nail. This made the ears.

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Next I painted a half circle in black on the tips of each nail in order to fill in the cat face.

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Once this was dry I used a white and dotting tool to dot eyes for each cat face. I then used a very thin brush to paint points on either side of the eyes to make the shape more cat like. I then went over the eyes in yellow and finally a glow in the dark polish by OPI. I finished the eyes off by painting a thin black line down the middle of each eye and then adding a layer of topcoat.

Dual Colour Stamped Nails

For this design I experimented with using 2 different colours on the stamping plate. The plate I used was called ‘Tian Xin 19’.

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I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a dark purple shade. I used a dry fast top coat over the top of this to make stamping easier and everything dry better.

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To do the stamping, instead of placing a line of polish along the side of the design and then scraping it across, I placed one line of polish over the top half of the design and one on the bottom.

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Then, instead of scraping the scraper sideways across following the direction of the lines of polish, I instead scraped from top to bottom. This means one of the colours is scraped over the top of the other. Don’t worry this will not mess things up, it just helps the colours to merge a little.

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The colours I used were a metallic lilac and metallic pink shade. Working on one nail at a time I used these colours to add the stamping pattern to each nail. I then cleaned up around my nails before finishing with a top coat.

Half Border Nails

I’m not too keen on the colour combo that I went for, for this design. But I wanted to do something that was completely different to colours that I would normally pick to pair together.

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In hindsight, I think a peach colour instead of the brownish mauve shade would have worked better though.

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I started by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a brownish mauve shade. Next I carefully painted a coat in blue on each nail. I placed this so that there was a kind of border along the top and sides of the nail in the base colour, hence the title ‘half’ border nails.

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Once this was dry I repeated the same again on each nail but this time using 2 coats of a silver holographic nail polish.

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In this last picture, I took it under artificial light so that you can see the effect of the holographic nail polish better.

Rainbow Flakie Nails

I recently did a nail art design where I layered 2 different flakie polishes over the top of each other and I really loved how it looked. So for this weeks design I tried something similar.

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I started by painting all my nails in a black base colour.

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Next I used a flakie duochrome polish by Nubar which has tones of green and orange in it. I painted 2 coats of this on all nails except for the ring fingers.

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After this was dry I used another flakie top coat which had pastel shades of pinks and blues. I only used 1 coat of this as I did not want it to stand out too much.

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On the ring fingers, I used a thin brush and a gold shade to paint a design. I painted this by placing a gold line down the centre of the length of the nail. Then near the base of the nail I connected to this line from the sides diagonally, and then filled in the marked off area at the base. I then finished this off with one small rhinestone in the centre of the gold area I had painted at the base of the nail.

Stamped Tips Nails

I bought a nail stamping plate that was full of designs for stamping the tips of your nails. I thought it would be a quick and easy way to do designs on the tips without needing to tape off areas etc. However, I did have a bit of trouble trying to place the design correctly on the nail. I’m still learning and improving with my stamping techniques.

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It was either ending up wonky or being off centre. I also tried by aiming the centre of the design at the centre of the tip and then rocking back and forth to place it at the sides. However I found that whatever side I placed last was ending up with a gap/crease in it. It was so frustrating lol, and the funniest part was that the design looks so plain in the end.

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I think that it might be worth using the stamper to make nail stickers one time and seeing if this makes it easier to position perfectly. That experimentation can wait for another day though.

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So for this design, I painted all nails in 2 coats of a light aqua green kind of shade.

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I then used my chosen design and a white polish to stamp the pattern onto the tips of each nail.