Midnight Rain Nails

For this week’s design, I started off by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a dark blue shade.

Next I used a top coat with very fine pinkish shimmer in it. Unfortunately it didn’t really photograph very well, but it does look pretty when the light hits it right.

Afterwards I took a glittery light blue shade and a dotting tool. I used this to place dots in a gradient type effect.

I did this by concentrating a larger amount of the dots near the base of the nail. I always made the sizes of the dots smaller as they got further from the base of the nail.

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Overlapped Triangle Nails

For this design I wanted to try out making my own nail ‘stickers’ in triangle shapes using a silicone mat.

I started by painting 3 rectangles in my 3 chosen colours onto a silicone mat. I used 2 coats for each and used an orange, shimmery blue and glittery purple shade. I left this to dry really well.

Once they were dry I carefully peeled them from the mat and cut each rectangle into 4 triangles to make my triangle stickers.

On my nails I used 2 coats of the orange shade on my thumbs, the blue on the index fingers, and the purple on the little fingers. On the remaining fingers I used a cream shade to make the background for my stickers.

Using clear polish as a glue, I stuck the triangles down onto the cream coloured nails. I wanted the to overlap in the middle. I cut/removed any excess sticker from eat nail and then finished off with a top coat. Unfortunately it did get a little messy and smudgy in places when sticking the triangles down but the top coat did help to disguise this a little.

Gold Sticker Stripe Nails

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.

Blue Sparkle Stripe Nails

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.

Blue Diamond Nails

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.

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.

Blue and Gold Stripe Nails

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.

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.

Magnetic Flicks Nails

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.

Blue Floral Lace Nails

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.