Glitterati Stripes Nails

For this design I wanted to try out some glittery striping tape that I recently purchased from Born Pretty.

I started by painting all nails in a black polish. I used 2 coats on the thumbs, middle and ring fingers, and 1 coat on the rest.

On the little and index fingers I used 2 coats of a polish that has a translucent black base and a dense multi glitter in it. This is called Rockstar from Barry M’s glitterati collection.

On the thumbs I painted the bottom half of the nails in the same multi glitter polish. On the middle fingers I painted about 3/4 of the way up with the glitter and on the ring fingers I just painted the tips.

I then took a thin silver glittery striping tape and placed this along the line where the black base and glittery polish met. On the ring fingers I also placed 2 extra stripes of the same tape nearer to the base of the nail.

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Rhinestone Embellished Accent Nails

This was a nice simple and pretty design that focuses on the accent nail.

I started by painting the thumb and ring fingers in 2 coats of a light pink polish with small silver flecks in it.

On the remaining fingers I used 3 coats of a purple / bronze duochrome polish.

On the ring fingers I then placed 1 single large rhinestone in the middle of the nail around 2/3 of the way up from the tip.

Around this rhinestone I then placed the smallest rhinestones I had in a circle.

Teal Sparkle Nails

Please excuse the messiness of this design. It was my first ever time trying out gel polish and a UV lamp. I think I painted my layers a bit thick so they came out uneven in places. I found that the brushes held a lot more product than I expected when compared to normal nail polish. I guess it’s because the consistency felt a bit different.

However I found that the smaller flecks of glitter covered the nails before the larger ones had chance to. I then used a gel top coat over the glitter and cured it before repeating this on the other thumb.

For the ring fingers, I repeated the same process and used the same loose glitter. However I dipped each nail in the glitter pot instead and used a fan brush to brush away the excess.

By this point I had got loose glitter everywhere and some of it got stuck to the other nails that I had only put the base coat onto. In hindsight I should have done the glitter nails last.

I then painted and cured all the remaining nails in a black gel. On top of this I used a no-wipe top coat and cured it. I then applied a metallic teal nail powder with an eyeshadow applicator before using another layer of topcoat to finish the design.

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Fan Dry Brush Nails

This design is another quick and simple one to pull off.

I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a deep red shade.

I then used a fan brush and a rose gold polish by Models Own called chrome rose to paint a feathery kind of pattern coming from the top corner of each nail in a diagonal direction.

The problem with this polish is that you have to mix it really well before you use it. I used this to my advantage by not mixing it very well. This meant that there was a slight colour variation in the brush strokes which added more depth to the design.

I finished the design off by placing a single black rhinestone in the top corner of each nail where the brush strokes originated from.

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Matte Bronze Nails

I really like how the colours of the rhinestones and the bronze works together with the brown in this design. I don’t normally think of brown when thinking of what colours I want to use, but I wanted something that worked well with the colour of the rhinestones. Also I don’t use a matte top coat very often and I think it can look nice over metallic/glittery polishes, so I thought why not use it this time.

I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a light brown shade. However on the ring fingers I used a curved brush to paint a half moon of negative space at the base of the nail.

On the thumb, index and little finger nails I then painted 1 coat of a bronze fine glittery shade. This is from the molten metal series from Barry M called ‘Bronze Bae’.

On top of these nails I used 1 layer of my normal topcoat and then 1 coat of a matte top coat.

On the ring fingers, I added some rhinestones along the line separating the brown and the negative space in varying sizes.

Blue Diamond Nails

For this design I wanted to place diamond shaped duochrome glitter flakes in sort of random broken up rows.

I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a metallic bright blue colour.

Once this was dry I took the smallest sized dotting tool I had to help me pick up the diamond glitter flakes. I found that using anything bigger than this made it impossible to place them precisely.

I used a clear top coat and painted one nail at a time. Before the top coat dried fully I placed the diamonds onto the nail in the pattern I wanted.

I tried to arrange them in rows going along the length of the nail. But I did not make full rows, as I wanted there to be gaps in the design. I tried to make it so that every nail was completely different to the rest.

I then held everything together with another coat of top coat. I found that the diamond flakes showed up a lot better in indirect light so it was hard to photograph them well. I also did a small video so you can see the design a bit better.

Blue Freehand Chevron Nails

I really never learn when I try to paint things freehand on my nails. I always think that the brush that I choose looks a lot thinner than it is when I end up painting with it. So I feel this design was a bit of a fail as the gold lines came out way to thick for what I wanted, which makes the overall design look a bit ‘messy’.

I started by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a dark blue shade. However on the thumb, middle and ring fingers I left some negative space.

On the thumb and ring fingers I left a triangular area of negative space at the base of the nail with the point going towards the tip. I then used a striping brush and a gold polish to paint a chevron at the tip of the nail with the point going upwards.

On the middle fingers I painted it so that the blue went halfway up the nail and then made a triangle shape towards the base of the nail. In the point of this triangle I painted a light blue diamond shape.

I finished the design off by outlining the diamond in the gold shade, but I continued each line past the diamond and to the edges of the nail.

Double Stamped Nails

For this design I tested out a duochrome green stamping polish that I purchased from the Born Pretty website a while back. I really love the colours in it. It is like a dark green base with a lighter green and almost gold shimmer. I decided to go for a double stamped effect by stamping the same pattern first in a plain white and then the duochrome green over the top of it.

I started by painting my middle and ring fingers in a dark green shade from Barry M’s Gelly Hi-Shine range. On the rest of the nails I used the shade ‘Tiki Hut’ from Barry M’s Coconut Infusion range.

On the index finger, I placed one single small rhinestone on the top middle of the nail. On the ring fingers I placed a medium sized rhinestone on the top middle of the nail, and then 2 small ones on either side of it.

On the little fingers, I stamped the pattern I was using (from Born Pretty plate BPL-028) in the green over just the bottom half of the nail. I then painted a white line across the middle of the nail where the stamped pattern ended.

On the remaining thumb and middle nails is where I did the double stamping. First I stamped the same pattern from plate BPL-028 in a white stamping polish. Then I did the same with the duochrome green. However I made sure that I placed them slightly differently each time so that you could see the pattern in both the white and the green on the nail.

Nude Lace Nails

I’ve been really busy lately so for this week’s design I needed to do something that I could complete quickly, so I went for an easy stamped design.

I started off by painting all nails in 2 coats of ‘Skinny Dip’ from Barry M’s Coconut Infusion Range.

Once this was touch dry I used a quick dry top coat and used liquid latex around each nail to help with clean up.

I then finished off the design by stamping a lace pattern in black over the top of each nail. The stamping plate I used was Harunouta #3.

I then peeled off the latex and cleaned up around each nail before putting on my final layer of top coat.

Magnetic Tartan Nails

For this design I wanted to use a tartan pattern from one of my stamping plates. The plate is Harunouta #10. The pattern only covers the one corner of the plate so is a bit on the small side, but I just about managed to cover my nails with it.

I also wanted the background colour to have a little depth to it so I used a red magnetic nail polish with a stripe patterned magnet.

I started by painting all nails in one coat of the red magnetic polish that I had chosen as my base. Once this was dry I applied a generous second coat, going one nail at a time, and immediately held the magnet over the top to give it a stripe pattern.

I gave this a good bit of time to dry really well. During this time I set up my stamping plate and tools. I used a black stamping polish to stamp my design. I also used liquid tape around my nails to help with the cleanup.

When I was ready I stamped the tartan pattern over each of my nails, removed the liquid tape and then used a flat brush with acetone to clean up any areas that needed it. I tried to place the design so that it was different on each nail. I also wanted to place it straight, but as I was not using a clear stamper, this didn’t quite happen on some nails.