This one is kinda simple and uses just 2 different nail polishes and some striping tape.
I firstly painted all nails in 2 coats of a black nail varnish.
Then using striping tape, I taped off a triangle shape. Although it is a lot more fiddly to use tape, you get a much better, neater and cleaner result than if you were to draw the triangles freehand.
Then I used a Barry M nail paint called Denim. One finger at a time I painted inside the striping tape and then once done I removed the tape straight away to leave straight crisp lines.
Once I had finished I realised that the darkness of the colours are too close together, meaning that the design is not as noticeable from a distance. If I were to do this design again, I think I would replace the black with a nude shade.
I’m really pleased with how this one came out, but then I really love the royal textured glitter nail paints by Barry M in general anyways.
First I painted all nails with a silver foil base. All nails had one coat, except the ring fingers which had 2 coats.
Next I used the white royal textured glitter nail paint called White Lady. I added 2 coats of this to all nails except the ring fingers, as those I left silver.
In this textured glitter you can get glimpses of light pastel shades of colours such as green as the light hit it. For this reason I picked out not only silver rhinestones, but also a couple of light blue and green rhinestones.
I added my chosen rhinestones to the ring fingers only. I placed them randomly, but did not pack them on the nail tightly as I wanted the base colour to be visible still underneath.
I’m really pleased with how this one turned out. I think the colours go great together as well as the mix of fine glitter and rhinestones.
This week is another simple dotty design.
I firstly painted all nails in a duochrome base. This polish goes from a purpley burgundy type of colour to green and gold depending on how the light hits it.
Then I used a gold polish along with a dotting tool to add some dots to make the whole thing a bit more interesting.
I added 3 rows of dots. Starting with a row of 4 dots on the one side of the nail, then reducing it to 3 dots and then finally a row of 2 dots.
It was nice and easy to do but I think it looks really pretty still.
This is a super simple one I did one week when time was short, but I still think it looks pretty.
I also wanted an excuse to play with a flakie top coat over a nude base. Therefore I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a nude colour.
After I took a bright pink and a light blue. Using a dotting tool I placed large dots along the tips of each nail, alternating the colours as I went to the next nail.
Then I covered everything with a flakie top coat before covering with my normal top coat.
Although the pictures do not really show the flakie polish well (I often struggle to photograph such polishes well), in reality it did give a nice subtle effect of flashes of different colours over the nails when the light hit them in the right places. You can probably see this best in the last picture.
This design uses the Crystal Glaze topcoat that Barry M released near the end of last year. It is a flakie topcoat made up of multi coloured flakes in pastel shades.
I painted all my nails with 2 coats of a purple base. I then added the flakie top coat. I think I used about 3 coats in the end to get the density that I wanted. As usual with glitters I always find it difficult to capture the full extent of how it looks with the camera. In the picture below I only had artificial light, and as you can see it did not pick up the flakes as well as in the natural daylight pics.
I only have one other flakie nail polish by another brand. That one is made up of duochrome flakes and so behaves more like a duochrome nail polish would. This one is very different as it seems it is made up of different coloured flakes. This means you can see multiple colours at once which is nice.
Afterwards I used a coral/orange shade along with a dotting tool to add petals for flowers on each nail.
Then I used a gold to add the centre of the flowers and some other dots for extra detail.
Although I have seen better flakie polishes in posts online, I still think the Barry M one is pretty. It is easily buildable by putting more coats depending on how much you want the flakes to stand out. There’s also a nice mix of colours, shapes and sizes in the flakes.