The name for this design comes from the scale pattern I used from a stamping plate and the colours used.
I started by painting my ring fingers in 2 coats of a purple gel polish and all other nails except for the thumbs in 2 coats of a black gel polish.
On the thumbs I used the same purple on the top half of the nails and a greenish turquoise colour on the bottom half of the nails. I then used a small flat brush to mix the colours together in the middle before curing it. I built this up over 2 coats to make a rough gradient effect.
On the ring fingers I placed a large square nail gem in the middle top section of the nail, and then outlined this with some small rhinestones.
On the remaining nails that had the black base colour I rubbed on a nail pigment powder from Born Pretty. This powder is a purple and green duocrhome, which also has a holographic finish. I love the combination of these 2 colours together, especially when it’s in a duochrome holo powder.
Over the top of these nails with the nail pigment on, I used a fish scale pattern and a white stamping polish to stamp over the nails. I tried to capture the finish in the video above, but as usual these kinds of finishes always look better in person than on camera.
This week’s design uses nail pigment which I then stamped over with a variety geometric patterns.
I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a black gel polish.
I then cured a coat of no wipe top coat over the top of this to prepare the nails for the pigment.
I then rubbed nail pigment onto each nail. This us a really pretty metallic purple and green duochrome, which is also holographic. As usual the pictures don’t do it justice.
I finished the design off by stamping different triangular geometric patterns over each of the nails in a white stamping polish, before adding another layer of top coat.
This time around I went for a simple bright pink dotticure mixed with some negative space and pink glitter.
I started by painting my thumb, index and little fingers in 2 coats of a hot pink shade.
On top of these nails I then took a deep dark red and a medium sized dotting tool to spot a polka dot design over them.
On the remaining nails I used a dense fine pink glitter. I painted the bottom halves of these nails in a curved diagonal shape to leave some negative space at the base of the nails.
Across the line where the glitter and negative space met, I used a small dotting tool and the same deep red to place a line of dots. However I feel I shouldn’t have placed them so close together so that you could see the induvidual dots better.
I’m really happy with the look of this design, but that is probably just because it’s purple.
I started by curing 2 coats of a black gel polish onto my thumbs, index fingers and little fingers.
On top of this I used a metallic/chrome powder in a purple colour and rubbed it in with an eye shadow brush. I brushed away the excess and cured a layer of top coat over the top. As always, I find it hard to photograph shiny shimmery effects well, but it does look really pretty in the flesh.
On the remaining nails I cured 1 coat of a white gel polish. On top of this I used 2 thin coats of a normal polish in a lilac shade. I made sure each layer had plenty of time to dry in between.
On top of this I stamped a type of swirly branch pattern from Born Pretty plate BP-28 in a dark purple colour. I then cured a layer of top coat over this to finish off the design.
For this design I used a simple bow pattern to stamp onto each nail over the top of a duochrome pigment. As usual I find designs that have such a shiny finish hard to photograph.
I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a black gel polish and cured it.
On top of this I rubbed in a duochrome powder onto every nail. This was a pinkish purple colour that changes to a kind of greenish gold shade.
Over the top of it I used a bow pattern and a white stamping polish to stamp onto each nail.
I then cured a layer of top coat onto each nail. In the video below I tried to show the colour a bit better by taking my hand out of direct light.
For this design I tried out some marble effect nail transfers.
I started by painting the little fingers in a pink metallic textured polish. To preserve the finish of this polish I painted 1 coat, then a coat of top coat and the another coat of the polish.
To the rest of the nails I used 2 coats of a lighter pink polish that has small flecks of silver glitter in it.
On the middle fingers I added a single black petrol coloured rhinestone.
On the ring and thumb fingers I painted a layer of nail adhesive. Once tacky I applied the nail transfer sheet and rubbed over it with a cuticle stick before peeling it away. I then finished with a top coat.
For this design I tried out some gold nail stickers I bought from the Born Pretty website along with a bold blue polish.
I started by painting my thumb and ring fingers in 2 coats of a bright royal blue colour.
On the rest of the nails I used 2 coats of a light pastel blue shade.
On top of these light blue nails I used 1 coat of a very fine gold shimmer overcoat. However although it looks really pretty in reality, in the photos you can’t see it at all.
On the darker blue nails I then placed a stripe of the gold nail sticker across the width of the nail. These stickers had a design of thin gold lines going diagonally in a triangle pattern.
For this design I paired a gold magnetic polish with some gold nail stickers.
I started by painting all nails in 1 coat of the magnetic polish, but did not use the magnet.
I then painted the ring fingers in 2 coats of a black polish.
I then went over the gold nails in another coat of the magnetic polish and used the magnet with it to get the design. I used a diagonal stripe pattern magnet as I really like how the effect turns out with this one.
On the black nails I then placed a stripe of the gold patterned nail stickers vertically before finishing everything off with a top coat.
For this design I wanted to use a magnetic polish and then create some accent nails with nail transfers.
I started by painting all nails with 2 coats of a purple magnetic polish. On the second coat I used the magnet to create the magnetic effect. This was a purple metallic polish from Nails Inc.
I find the quick dry top coat I normally use can drag the magnetic effect. So this time I tried painting a standard top coat on one nail at a time and using the magnet again over the top of this.
On the thumb and ring finger nails I painted a layer of nail adhesive. While this was turning clear and tacky I used my normal quick dry top coat over the other nails.
When the adhesive was ready I applied the nail transfer by pressing it down over the nails. This was on a roll of plastic a bit like how you can get nail foils. However this had a white floral pattern with leaves and branches in it. My application wasn’t the neatest, but I finished off the nails with a layer of top coat.
My nails are quite short at the moment so I wanted something simple but pretty that would suit short nails.
I started by painting my thumb and index fingers in 2 coats of a pastel sea green colour.
On the ring and little fingers I used 2 coats of a light greyish purple shade.
On the middle fingers I used 2 coats of a glittery bronze shade.
To complete the design, I then took a small brush and the same bronze polish and painted triangles on the tips of the index and ring fingers.