This week’s design is a simple design with colourful stripes on top of a nude background. I painted the stripes freehand with a striping brush, as you can probably tell, as my lines aren’t exactly the neatest lol. I always both admire and envy nail art videos where the nail artist has such perfect brush control and can paint such perfect neat straight lines.
I started by painting all nails in a light cream/nude shade. I used 2 coats to get an even base colour. All colours that I used are from Barry M’s Coconut Infusion range.
I then took a striping brush and my first chosen shade for the stripes. I went with a sort of mint green colour. I painted the stripes so that they were at a different angle on each nail, but so that each hand matched.
I then took a light blue shade and the same size striping brush and placed a stripe directly to the side of the previous line.
I then repeated the same with my final colour which was a pink shade. I placed these stripes on the opposite side of the green line. However I think it would have been better to have the pink line in the middle as the green gets a bit camouflaged in with the blue.
For this design, I experimented with a dry marble technique using a nail stamper and silicone mat.
I started by painting my thumb and ring finger in a light cream shade. I then used liquid tape around these nails to help with cleanup later.
On the rest of the nails I used 2 coats of a metallic blue shade. On the blue nails, I used a few black petrol effect rhinestones to add a bit of decoration to those nails.
On the remaining nails I added the dry marble effect. To do this I painted a square in the cream shade large enough to cover the nails onto a silicone mat. On top of this I blobbed a few drops of the blue shade randomly. I also did the same with a lighter blue polish.
I then dabbed my nail stamper on top of this a couple of times to blur the colours together and then stamped it onto my nail. If I felt the effect was lacking in certain areas I picked up more polish from the mat quickly before it dried too much and stamped it again. I then removed the liquid tape and cleaned up around my nails.
For this design I wanted to use lots of rhinestones. I started by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a baby blue shade.
Next I took a makeup sponge and a blue fine shimmery glitter. I used the sponge to apply this to the tips of the nails in a thin sort of gradient effect.
Next I used a clear polish as a glue to stick down my rhinestones. On the index and small finger nails, I applied 1 single tiny rhinestone in the middle of the top of the nail.
On the thumb, middle and ring fingers, I placed a half circle line of rhinestones at the tops of each nail. This line went from a larger sized rhinestone in the center to smaller sized rhinestones at either side. I used a total of 7 rhinestones on each nail.
On the thumbs I lined up the largest rhinestone with the centre of the nail, but on the others I lined up the centre rhinestone with the top corners of the nail. This gave the effect that the half circles were facing each other on the middle and ring fingers.
I really like how the colours go together for this design. Especially the black stamped over the pink.
I started by painting all nails except my middle and little fingers in a cream shade. On the others I painted them in a pink shade. Both these colours are from Barry M’s Coconut infusion range. I really love the pink shade.
To the index and little finger I attached a single rectangular gold stud and finished them off with a top coat. To the middle fingers I used a florally type pattern from a stamping plate labelled ‘Tian Xin 19’. I stamped the pattern over the entire middle nails using a black stamping polish from Konad.
To the remaining nails, I used masking tape to tape off one half of the nail. I used the pink shade over this and peeled the tape away to make the nail half of each colour. Once this was dry I used the masking tape in the same position again. I then used the same stamping design and black polish to apply the design over the pink half of the nail.
I then removed the tape and cleared up around the stamped nails. Then to cover the line down the middle of the thumbs and ring finger nails, I applied a row of the same gold studs. I then finished everything off with a top coat.