For this design, I firstly started by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a metallic goldish/bronze shade.
Once this was fully dry, I used striping tape to tape off a section along the middle of each nail.
To this middle section, I painted a coat of magnetic nail paint a black/grey shade to one nail.
After waiting a few seconds I applied a second coat to this. I immediately held the magnet over this in order to create the magnetic pattern.
I then removed the striping tape straight away before it had chance to dry. I repeated this for the remaining nails.
This is a simple smokey combination.
On the inner side I used a silvery colour and on the outer side I used a shimmery dark grey colour.
I mimiced the same with the eyeliner by using silver on the inner half and a black on the outer half.
I always find I need to concentrate more to paint my nails neat when they are very short and I really cant figure out why lol.
Anyways, I started this design by painting my ring and middle finger with 1 coat of a purple magnetic effect. On the second coat I used the magnet to create the magnetic effect.
On all other nails I painted 2 coats of a nude shade called ‘Vanilla’ by Barry M. This is a very pretty nude shade from their matte collection, but it still looks great when you use a glossy top coat over it. I would describe it as a nude light greyish purple colour.
Then on the ring fingers I painted 2 coats of the nude shade, but only on one half of the nail vertically.
I finished the design off by placing one purple rhinestone in the top middle of each nail except for the ring fingers. On these I placed a line of purple rhinestones to cover the join in the 2 colours used instead.
For this one I painted all nails in a bright red orange/coral colour. Then using a nail art brush, I attempted to freehand 2 black stripes onto each nail as I was short for time.
The aim was for the tip to be a larger black area with a thinner black stripe just above it.
I’m not really sure what I wanted to achieve with this design other than I wanted to use the colours black and red, but I did not want the tips to be the standard boring ‘straight’ tip like you would do for a French manicure. The problem was that I was short on time.
Therefore I ended up with these squiggly line kind of tips. The final result reminded me a little of flames hence the title of this post. I love how the above image reflects my camera in it lol (which is also red by the way).
I painted all nails black, except for the ring fingers, which I did in red. I used a bright red that had a little shimmer to it.
On the ring fingers I then added a line of 3 black rhinestones.
On the tips of the rest of the nails, I used a smaller nail brush to add the squiggles/flicks in the red colour. I think i should have used a even thinner brush though to make it look better.
This has given me the idea to try and do some proper flame nails in the future sometime using shades of yellow, orange and red.
Originally I was going to add stripes to all the nails, but I was short on time and messed up a bit in my rush. In the end I settled for just doing the ring fingers.
I painted all nails except the ring finger in the same colour. I went for a shimmery glittery blue shade. For the ring fingers I went for a gold in the same style of polish.
It is essential that you make sure each coat of nail polish is given enough time to dry fully, other wise you risk pulling off the base colour when you peel off the striping tape. I put strips of tape at random angles over the ring finger nails.
Next I painted a black polish over the ring finger nails. Before it has chance to dry too much, remove the tape. I suggest trying to remember the order in which you layered each strip of tape so that you can remove it starting with the top most strip.
I found if I was not careful to remove the tape in this way then I risked messing up the perfectness of my lines, which I ended up doing a little until I had realised this.
This one is kinda simple and uses just 2 different nail polishes and some striping tape.
I firstly painted all nails in 2 coats of a black nail varnish.
Then using striping tape, I taped off a triangle shape. Although it is a lot more fiddly to use tape, you get a much better, neater and cleaner result than if you were to draw the triangles freehand.
Then I used a Barry M nail paint called Denim. One finger at a time I painted inside the striping tape and then once done I removed the tape straight away to leave straight crisp lines.
Once I had finished I realised that the darkness of the colours are too close together, meaning that the design is not as noticeable from a distance. If I were to do this design again, I think I would replace the black with a nude shade.
I loved my Ladybird nails so much that I did earlier this year that I just had to make some Bumble Bee ones.
I firstly painted my nails with a pastel yellow shade.
As I wanted my bees to look a bit fluffy, I then used a yellow textured nail paint by Barry M over the top. You can’t really tell from the photos though. Flocking powder in yellow would probably look even better but I don’t have any in yellow.
After I painted the tips in black and used a nail art pen in black to add the stripes. The texture underneath made these stripes look a bit patchy in places, but that helped to add the the whole fluffy effect that I was after.
I then finished them off with some white and black dots on the tips to make the eyes. I think they turned out pretty cute.
Back when I first started to get into nail art I remember I did quickly try out a Ladybird design but it was only on my thumb nail. I figured it was time to have a proper go at it because it looks so cute.
First I painted all my nails in 2 coats of Barry M’s retro red shade. This is a lovely deep shimmery red.
I then painted the tips in 2 coats of a black nail paint. Once this was dry I drew a line down the middle of each nail using a black nail art pen.
I then used a small dotting tool to add 3 spots to each side of the black line on each nail, making 6 dots per nail in total.
Then I finished the design with 2 white dots on the black tips for eyes. I then added 2 black dots for pupils using a nail art pen.
This time we have a simple turquoise and grey combination.
All colours used came form the MUA Glitterball palette.
I used the turquoise shade on the inner half of each eye.
Then I used a little bit of the black shade and blended it so that it looked more dark grey. I then sweeped some of the silver shade over the top of where I put the black.