Vertical Gradient Nails

This week is another gradient design as I needed something easy that I could do while multi-tasking a bit lol. I even managed to avoid touching them against something whilst they were still wet.

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After selecting my colours I started to paint them on each nail. I did this by painting half of each nail in a different colour vertically.

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For example on the little finger nail I wanted the gradient to go from tourquize to purple. Therefore I painted half the nail in tourquize and half in purple. I did 2 coats like this.

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Then in order to make the gradient, I took a makeup sponge and painted a line in each colour next to each other. The colours used depended on the colours being used on the particular nail I was working on.

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I then sponged this down the length of the nail which resulted in the defined line between each colour becoming blended into a gradient.

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I felt it needed something extra to finish it off. I have a polish by Avon called ‘Satin Top Coat’. It’s a matte top coat with a pretty pink shimmer to it. I didn’t want the nails to be matte, but I did want the shimmer over the top. Therefore after applying this to all nails, I added a coat of my normal top coat to remove the matteness.


Curvy Diamond Nails

I am quite pleased wih how this design came out and might try something similar again in the future.

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First I painted all nails in 2 coats of my background colour. I used a duochrome polish that has a black base and then a tourquize shimmer that changes to purple in the right light. I tried to capture the purple in the last picture in this post.


Next I used a makeup sponge to sponge a silver coloured gradient to the tips of the fore, middle and little fingers.

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On the other finger and thumb I painted a curved area in the same silver colour.

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Afterwards I covered all silver areas with 2 coats of a multi glitter polish to add some extra sparkle.

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Lastly, on the thumb and ring fingers, I covered the line where the 2 colours meet with some multi coloured rhinestones. I used larger sized rhinestones at the middle of the nail, and smaller ones at the edges.

Aqua Beach Nails

This one is a simple gradient, but it reminded me of a beach after I was done.

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I first painted all nails in 2 coats of the nude shade.

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Next, using a makeup sponge I sponged on the first part of my gradient in a flat tourquize colour.

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Afterwards I used a darker shimmery tourquize/teal colour. I sponged this on in a gradient to the very tips of each nail.

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Finally I addeed 2 coats of a simple multiglitter overcoat because I felt it made the whole thing a bit more special looking.

Blood Drip Nails

This week I have another halloween themed nail design, which is a simple blood drip look.

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Firstly I painted all my nails in 2 coats of my background colour. I decided on a nude shade.

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Then using a medium sized dotting tool, I added 3 dots to each nail randomly around the mid area of the nail.

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Using a smaller sized dotting tool, I created lines coming up from the dots to the base of each nail. I then filled in a small area around the base of each nail as well.

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To finish everything off, I added some randomly placed smaller dots around the tip area of each nail. I dragged the dotting tool slightly upwards towards the base of each nail to give them more of a drip shape.

Spooky Glowing Bat Nails

So for this years halloween design, I decided to do bat nails.


I started with 2 coats of a pea green colour and applied this the same on all nails.

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After this was dry I added 2 coats of a glow in the dark nail polish. I used one by OPI called ‘Zom-body to love’. I really need to use this more often. I only ever remember I have it around Halloween.

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Next I used a makeup sponge and to add a small gradient glitter tip to each nail. I used a coppery colour glitter nail paint for this as I felt the green on its own was too plain.

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Finally I added the bats. To help get the detail I used a black nail art pen by Barry M.

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I’m pleased with how these turned out and love looking at them glowing in the dark.