Nude Sparkle Nails

This design was purely to try out a couple of nail art supplies that I had recently purchased. These were the rhinestones and the striping tape.

I started by painting all nails with 3 coats of an off white shade called ‘Marshmallow’ from Barry M’s Frosted Cupcakes range. This has small flecks of silver glitter in it.

Once this was dry I attached a single silver rhinestone near the base of each nail that is a kind of double pointed oval shape which I got from Born Pretty Store.

I then added a stripe of a thick iridescent striping tape in a dark purple shade just above the tip line of each nail. This shines to green in the light.

Unfortunately I found this tape peels up quite easily at the sides. I might try it with gel polish and see if that can hold it down better than normal top coat. I also think that the design might have looked better if I had used a different colour on the tips of the nails but never mind.


Freehand Swirl Nails

For this design I painted some swirls freehand just because I am quite bad at freehand stuff. I normally avoid it but felt I should give it a go for a change as I need more practise.

I started by painting the thumb and ring fingers in 2 coats of a pastel pinkish lilac shade.

On the remaining nails I painted 2 coats of a dark purple with some fine shimmer in its base. On the little fingers I went over the nail with a fine dense pastel pink glitter.

On the thumb and ring fingers I used a thinner brush with the dark purple shade to freehand a few swirls onto each nail. I find it difficult to complete each swirl in one go but it seems that this is important for making nice neat lines.

I then finished the design off with a matte top coat as I wanted a matte effect.

Red Gradient Nails

This design actually came out better than I expected and was quite quick as well. You could use it as a Halloween design I think.

I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a black polish. After I took a bit of tin foil and a bright red polish with fine shimmer in it.

To apply the gradient I used one of those nail art sponge tools that have a sort of small round sponge on the end of a stick.

I put some of the red polish on the tin foil and dabbed the sponge into it. I dabbed it on the tin foil to remove some of the excess and then dabbed it around in the middle of each nail.

Once this was dry I went over it a second time to help build up the gradient effect.

Navy Sparkle Nails

This was a really simple glittery design. Originally I was going to use some nail transfers on some of the nails but it didn’t quite work so I had to cover the disaster with glitter lol.

I started by painting all nails in a coat of a dark navy blue shade. On the middle finger I used a second coat.

On all nails except the middle fingers I then used a very dense multi glitter topper polish.

On the middle fingers I added some rhinestones. A larger one near the base of the nail and the 2 smaller ones underneath it.

I then finished everything off with a layer of top coat.

Purple Block Nails

For these nails I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a shimmery pastel lilac shade, except for the ring fingers.

On the ring fingers I used 2 coats of a shimmery dark purple. On the little fingers I used 2 coats of a dense multi glitter that is in a purple base.

On the thumb and middle fingers I took the dark purple shade and painted 2 coats on just half of each of the nails lengthways.

I then took a thin silver glittery striping tape and placed this along the line where the dark and light purple met on the thumb and middle fingers.

To finish the design, I used a medium sized rhinestone and placed it in the middle of each strip of striping tape.

Pink and Gold Foil Nails

I quite like the effect you get when overlapping different nail foils randomly.

I started with a layer of black gel polish over a base coat.

On top of this I used another layer of base coat so that I could use the tacky layer to attach the foil to the nail.

I used a dark pink, light pink and gold sheet of nail foil. I randomly stuck each of them to parts of each nail in different places.

Once no more would attach to the nail I repeated the process of a base layer and the applying the foil to have more of each nail covered in foil. I then finished everything off with a layer of top coat.

Teal and Bronze Lace Stamped Nails

Originally this design was going to use a mandala stamping plate, however neither of my clear stampers would pick up any part of the design. My firm Konad classic stamper was able to pick it up without problems, but that stamper is too small for the current length of my nails. Plus I wanted to be able to see exactly where I was placing the design. I’m not sure if it’s because I got a plate that wasn’t etched too well, or whether it is a problem with my technique etc. In the end I had to give up and opt for a lace type design from another plate from Born Pretty; BPL-028, which works perfectly fine with my clear stampers. I will have to go back and experiment with the Mandala plate next time I cut my nails down short enough to use with my Konad stamper.

Anyways, for this design, I started by painting my nails in 2 coats of a light teal/tourquize shade from Barry M’s Coconut Infusion range. Once this was dry I went over it with a fast dry top coat.

My middle finger nails are always the first ones to break normally, but I have been lucky lately. However I have bent the one on my right hand a few times without breaking it in the past week or so. When removing my design from last week, I did notice that a weakened line was starting to form where the nail was becoming bendy and likely to split. As I wanted to have long nails for this design, I placed a layer of my normal base coat, then cut a small piece of normal DIY masking tape to place over the weak point, and then another coat of base coat over the top. This added some strength back to the nail so that I can at least get another week or so out of it. At first it was very obvious that there was a square of tape under my nail varnish, but once all the layers of the design had been completed, this had become smoothed out and hidden.

Next, I used a bronze glitter nail paint from Barry M, and a makeup sponge to sponge a gradient onto the tips of each nail. Once this was dry, I used a black stamping polish by Konad and the lace design to stamp onto each nail. I wanted each nail to show a different part of the design, with the thumbs and ring fingers to be completely stamped over, and the rest to just have the edge of the design stamped onto them.

The lace design has a small circle in the center of it. So to finish off the design, I placed a small rhinestone into the center of this circle where it appeared on the thumb and ring fingers. I then finished everything off with a top coat.

Mirror and Shimmer Nails

For this design I was trying out gel polish again and a silver chrome nail powder.

I started by painting and curing all my nails in 2 coats of a white polish.

On the thumb, index and little fingers I cured a no wipe top coat on the nails and then rubbed in a silver metallic nail powder with an eyeshadow sponge. I brushed away the excess around my nails and then cured another layer of top coat on top of this.

On the ring fingers I used a layer of top coat and then stuck on some rhinestones. I placed a larger rhinestone in the middle of the nail and then attached 3 smaller ones in a curve shape on either side of this.

I finished off the design by painting 2 coats of a textured nail polish that is white with small iridescent glitter and shimmer in it. It is by Barry M from the Royal Textured Glitter Range called Lady and is one of my favourite nail polishes.

Blue Tips Nails

For these nails I was going for an almost negative space design by using a pearly shimmery gold topper polish over the negative areas.

I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of the shimmery gold topper polish so that the nail could be seen through it.

Then I took a dark blue polish and painted 2 coats of this on the tip half of each nail.

To cover the line where the blue polish ends I used a stripe of gold glittery striping tape across the middle of each nail.

I find the tape sticks down better if you use some nail adhesive with it. I then covered everything with a layer of a standard top coat because I find it holds things down better before finishing with a layer of quick dry top coat.

Hot Pink Daisy Nails

This week’s design is a simple daisy design for the summer.

I started by painting my little fingers in 2 coats of a textured yellow shade with superfine almost invisible gold shimmer in it.

On all remaining nails I used 2 coats of a hot pink shade.

To the thumb nails I used a smallish dotting tool to place 3 groups of 5 dots in circles. I then placed a yellow dot in the middle of each to make small daisies.

On the ring fingers I used a thin brush to paint some daisy petals in white towards the corner of the base of the nail. I then used a large dotting tool to fill in the centre of the daisies in yellow.