For this weeks design I have done a pretty pink dry marble/smooshy nails design.
I started by painting my middle and ring finger nails in a white polish.
Then onto a silicone mat I blobbed some of the white polish, a grey, a lilac and a pink polish. The lilac and pink are from Barry M’s Coconut Infusions range. I then used a thin dotting tool to mix the blobs together a little.
I used some liquid tape around my nails to help with cleanup. Then, using a nail art stamper, I picked up some of the mixed nail polish from the mat and stamped it over the entire nails with the white base. I removed the liquid tape and cleaned up around the nails. Unfortunately I couldn’t really see the lilac polish in the final design.
On the remaining nails I used a light pink with silver glitter flakes from Barry M’s Coconut infusions range. I used 3 coats of this in total. I then topped everything off with a top coat.
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 year’s Christmas design I decided to go for a simple tree design. The trees themselves were from making a dry/drag marble effect onto a silicone mat and then cutting it into triangles after it had dried.
So to start I made the drag marble for the trees. I painted a rectangle onto my silicone mat in a light leaf green shade. I then blobbed on drops of different green shades on top of this while it was all still wet. I used a couple of darker shades as well as a pastel green.
I then used the smallest sized dotting tool I have to swirl around through the blobs of nail polish to make the marbled effect. I think I might have over swirled but I couldn’t help but get a bit carried away with it. I left this to dry for plenty of time due to the layer of polish being quite thick. I repeated this a couple of times onto the mat.
Meanwhile I prepared my base colour. I simply painted all nails in 2 coats of a nude/light cream shade.
Once everything was dry I carefully peeled the marble effect from the silicone mat and used scissors to cut out triangle shapes to make the trees. To apply them to the nails, I painted a layer of clear polish to stick them in place. Any large excess overhanging the end of the nail was trimmed down using scissors. I then used a plastic cuticle stick to fold the remaining overhang under the nail.
To complete the design I attached a single star shaped nail sequin to the tops of the trees using clear polish. I then painted over the top of the entire nail with a clear polish in order to protect the design. I also used clear polish to stick in place any overhang of the green triangle that I had folded under the nail. I repeated this same process for each nail.