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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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 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.

Pastel Blossom Nails

For this design I wanted to try painting some thin branches with little leaves and blossoms on there.

I started by painting the thumb and ring fingers in 2 coats of a cream/nude shade to be the background for my main design.

On the little fingers I painted a sea green colour and on the remaining fingers I used a lilac.

On the ring and thumb fingers I then took a very thin brush and a light brown nail polish. I used this to paint a thin branch on each of the chosen nails.

I finished off the design by then using a small dotting tool to place some dots in the same sea green colour along the branch to make leaves. I tried to vary the pressure in order to make the sizes of the dots different. I then repeated the same in the lilac shade to look like blooms along the branch.

Rhinestone and Flakie Nails

This design was a simple mix up of different things for each nail.

On the ring fingers I painted 2 coats of an off white polish with small silver flakes in it. Once this was dry I added a row of different sized rhinestones in a curve at the base of the nail.

On the index and little fingers I painted 2 coats of a kind of greige with a hint of lilac to it.

To these nails I added an iridescent glittery top coat in gradient effect, concentrating more of the glitter near the base of the nails. I then went over this in the same way with an iridescent flakie polish. Unfortunately it didn’t pick up too well on the camera.

On the remaining nails I painted 2 coats of a dark purple. Over the top of this I used a shimmery pearl purple effect over coat. Onto the thumb nails only I also added 2 rhinestones.

Coral Gold Lustre Half Moon Nails

This design is a simple one with a couple of the nails in a half moon design with a floral dotticure.

I started by painting the index, middle and little fingers in 2 coats of a coral orange shade.

I the other nails I used a curved brush in the same orange shade to paint the half moon designs.

On top of the orange I then used a translucent gold pearly shimmery shade. I am obsessed with this polish. It’s from Born Pretty from their Pearl Lustre polishes.

I then finished off the design by using a dotting tool in black to put a flower in the middle of the half moons and adding a few dots to the line on either side. For the centre of the flowers I used a single rhinestone.

Iridescent Frost Nails

This was a simple glitter gradient design I made using a pot of loose iridescent glitter.

I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a light baby blue shade.

I then used a pot of loose iridescent multi glitter and a clear top coat. I painted the tip of each nail going one at a time with the top coat and then touched the brush in a few places randomly going up the nail.

I then dipped the tip of the nail into the glitter pot. I used a sponge eye shadow applicator to dab over where the glitter went on the nail to press it in place better. I then moved up the nail slightly and continued to dab the applicator to try and create a more gradient effect between the glitter and background colour.

I then finished off with a layer of top coat. I found that more of the green comes through in the glitter in real life than what did in the pictures.

Pink Gems and Beads Nails

I was really short on time when I did this design and I hadn’t planned on having to cut all my nails down so I had to make it quick and simple.

I accidentally sliced my right hand ring finger nail while drying up one of the cutting blades in my vegetable mandolin so low down it was right where the skin joins to the nail. How I didn’t slice my finger I have no idea. So they all had to get cut down short. The nail I sliced was so hard to cut off and file without cutting the tip of my finger.

After I painted all the nails except the thumb finger nails in 2 coats of a metallic shimmery pink and bronze duochrome shade.

On the thumbs I painted 2 coats of a light cream shade.

I then finished off the design by randomly placing light pink and dark pink rhinestones as well as gold nail beads to each of the thumb nails.