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.
I think the result of this design is quite pretty.
I started by painting my middle and ring fingers with an off white shade with small silver flecks of glitter in it.
On the remaining nails I used a light blue shade.
On the thumbs I then used a very dense light blue glitter. This also has some flecks of gold glitter in it.
To finish off the design I used a very thin light blue glittery striping tape. I placed 1 stripe of this on each of the middle and ring fingers going vertically to the one side of the nail.
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.
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.
This is a simple design made using striping tape.
I started by painting my thumbs in 2 coats of a gold shade.
On the remaining nails I used 2 coats of a dark shimmery blue.
On the gold nails I used blue striping tape and lay 4 stripes across each nail in a random pattern. Unfortunately my top coat faded the colour a bit on the blue striping tape.
On the ring fingers I also used 4 stripes of striping tape across the nails in a random pattern but this time I used a gold coloured tape.
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.
For this design I wanted to use a magnetic nail paint as the background for the design so that it wasn’t just plain.
I started by painting all nails in 1 coat of a dark blue magnetic nail paint.
On the second coat of the same colour I used a magnet with a sort of wavy line pattern to make the magnetic effect.
Once this was dry I took some acrylic paint in white and mixed a light blue colour. I first used a very thin brush to paint 2 light blue flicks on the one corner at the base of each nail. I then used the white to add 3 more flicks next to this.
I still feel I need a lot more practise to make my flicks look any good. I then added a single light blue rhinestone to the corner where the flicks originated from before covering everything in a top coat.
I really like how the ring finger turned out on this design and it was relatively simple to achieve.
I started by painting all nails except the ring finger nails in 2 coats of a bright blue with a bit of shimmer in it. On the ring fingers I used 1 coat of a translucent nude shade to improve the overall look of the nail.
I then used a white stamping polish and a floral lace pattern from born pretty plate #bpl30. I stamped this over the entire of all the nails except the ring fingers. I cleaned this up and topped with a top coat.
On the ring fingers, I took some DIY masking tape and drew around the round edge of the bottom of my stamper. I then cut this out to make a curved edge. I used this to mask off a curved line on the nail. I then painted in the bottom of the nail in the same blue shade before removing the tape.
Then to finish off the design, I covered the curved line where the blue ends with rhinestones. I started with a slightly larger sized rhinestone nearer the base of the nail and gradually reduced the size as I followed the line.
For this design, I experimented with a dry marble technique using a nail stamper and silicone mat.
I started by painting my thumb and ring finger in a light cream shade. I then used liquid tape around these nails to help with cleanup later.
On the rest of the nails I used 2 coats of a metallic blue shade. On the blue nails, I used a few black petrol effect rhinestones to add a bit of decoration to those nails.
On the remaining nails I added the dry marble effect. To do this I painted a square in the cream shade large enough to cover the nails onto a silicone mat. On top of this I blobbed a few drops of the blue shade randomly. I also did the same with a lighter blue polish.
I then dabbed my nail stamper on top of this a couple of times to blur the colours together and then stamped it onto my nail. If I felt the effect was lacking in certain areas I picked up more polish from the mat quickly before it dried too much and stamped it again. I then removed the liquid tape and cleaned up around my nails.
For this design I wanted to use lots of rhinestones. I started by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a baby blue shade.
Next I took a makeup sponge and a blue fine shimmery glitter. I used the sponge to apply this to the tips of the nails in a thin sort of gradient effect.
Next I used a clear polish as a glue to stick down my rhinestones. On the index and small finger nails, I applied 1 single tiny rhinestone in the middle of the top of the nail.
On the thumb, middle and ring fingers, I placed a half circle line of rhinestones at the tops of each nail. This line went from a larger sized rhinestone in the center to smaller sized rhinestones at either side. I used a total of 7 rhinestones on each nail.
On the thumbs I lined up the largest rhinestone with the centre of the nail, but on the others I lined up the centre rhinestone with the top corners of the nail. This gave the effect that the half circles were facing each other on the middle and ring fingers.