So originally for these nails I wanted to arrange the diamond shaped glitter flecks in neat rows. However I found it really hard getting them to line up straight and land in the right place.
So I had to change my design and go for a glitter gradient effect instead. I might have to come back to my original design again in the future.
I started by painting all nails in 1 coat of a black nail paint. I then went over this with 2 coats of a dark teal/purple duochrome by Leighton Denny.
Then onto the thumb and ring finger nails I applied the diamond flecks using a clear nail polish as glue.
The flecks got everywhere but I managed to achieve the gradient I was after. I then sealed everything together with a top coat.
I think the diamond glitter flecks look super pretty and love how they sparkle in the light.
For this design I wanted to test out some random sized petrol coloured nail art gems.
I started by painting all nails in 1 coat of black, but on the ring fingers I used 2 coats.
On the thumbs I used 1 coat of a multi glitter nail paint in a black base from Barry M’s glitterati range.
On the other nails except the ring fingers I used 2 coats of a duo chrome polish by Leighton Denny. This has tones of teal and purple.
I finished off the design on the ring fingers by randomly placing my nail art gems over the whole nail leaving gaps in between. They remind me of little petrol coloured pebbles.
These nails might look like they were a bit complex to make, but they actually didn’t take me anywhere near as long to do as I expected. I was very pleased with how well they came out. Often I have this great picture in my mind of how an idea will look, and then when I actually come to trying to make the design, it ends up nowhere near as good as I envisioned. However, this was one of those rare cases where the idea came out better than I expected.
I decided to use a duochrome shade for my base. This one is called ‘Persian’ and is by Barry M. It’s a pretty purple shade that turns to shades of bronze and gold. For the dot details, I used a shimmery gold shade to match with the colours in the duochrome.
I started by painting all nails in 3 coats of the duochrome base colour. I needed 3 coats to make it opaque enough. In hindsight I should have really used a dark shade underneath.
Next I took the smallest sized dotting tool that I had and used this to place the shimmery gold dots on all nails. The idea behind the placement was to have them in curved and spiraling line patterns. I wanted each nail on one hand to have a completely different pattern on it, but I wanted the hands themselves to match.
On the thumbs I went for a spiral of dots coming from the base to the middle of the nail, as well as a curve of lines going along the one side of the nail. The ring finger nail was a bit similar, but the spiral came from the tip of the nail, with lines of dots near the base of the nail. On the index finger, I made a half moon of dots along the one side of the nail. The middle finger was the opposite to this as it had an inverted curve of dots made on the opposite side of the nail. Finally, on the little finger, I placed a half moon of dots at the tip of the nail, with lines of dots going diagonally across the base of the nail.
This week’s design is a simple colour block mani, using colours that have chrome/metallic/duochrome finishes to them.
I started by painting the thumb and ring fingers in a shimmery gold base in which to put my colour blocking over the top of. The colour I used was ‘Christmas Gold’ by Barry M. I made sure that this was dried fully.
On top of these, I then used 5 pieces of striping tape to tap off 6 triangular sections. To do this place one strip of tape across the middle of the nail. Then on both halves use 2 more pieces of tape in each going diagonally outwards from where the first piece of tape started.
To fill in the blocks of colour, I used 3 different shades. All by Barry M, I used a purple duochrome called ‘Persian’, a blue called ‘Pacific’, and a pink called ‘Mediterranean’. I used a small nail art brush in order to apply these neatly onto the sections I had taped off. Then before it had time to dry fully, I carefully removed the tape from each nail.
To finish off the remaining nails, I used each of the 3 colours on one nail on each hand; the blue on the index finger, the pink on the middle finger and the purple on the little finger. To complete the design, I used a small rhinestone on each nail. On the colour blocked nails, I placed this at the point where the tips of the triangles meet.
I recently did a nail art design where I layered 2 different flakie polishes over the top of each other and I really loved how it looked. So for this weeks design I tried something similar.
I started by painting all my nails in a black base colour.
Next I used a flakie duochrome polish by Nubar which has tones of green and orange in it. I painted 2 coats of this on all nails except for the ring fingers.
After this was dry I used another flakie top coat which had pastel shades of pinks and blues. I only used 1 coat of this as I did not want it to stand out too much.
On the ring fingers, I used a thin brush and a gold shade to paint a design. I painted this by placing a gold line down the centre of the length of the nail. Then near the base of the nail I connected to this line from the sides diagonally, and then filled in the marked off area at the base. I then finished this off with one small rhinestone in the centre of the gold area I had painted at the base of the nail.
This week’s design is a simple stamped design over a chrome metallic blue background.
I started off by painting all nails in 2 coats of the chrome blue shade.
I made sure that this was fully dry. I then used a small floral design on a Konad stamping plate I got as part of their French Manicure stamping set.
I found that due to the triangular shape of this design, that the best place to place this design on the nail was near the base so that the one point of the triangle was pointing down the middle towards the tip of the nail. However I made sure to leave a little gap near the base of the nail before the stamped design starts. I used a plain black colour to stamp the design.
I then finished off the design by placing a small ‘petrol black’ coloured rhinestone at the middle of the very base of each nail in the gap that I had left.
For this design I wanted to try out some large square nail gems that I had. I tried to make them look like large gems on necklaces on the nails I used them on.
I started by painting my thumb and ring finger nails in 2 coats of a mint green colour.
I then painted the rest of the nails in a purple textured polish with gold flecks of glitter.
On the mint coloured nails, I used a small dotting tool to place an arrow of dots in gold coming from the base of the nail towards the middle of the nail.
I then placed the large square duochrome effect nail art gem over the point where the gold dots formed the point in the arrow. I placed it on an angle so that it looked like a big diamond shaped gem on the end of a necklace.
For this design I wanted to try out some ‘petrol’ effect rhinestones that I had bought ages ago but never got around to using.
I started by painting my ring and index fingers in black. All other nails I painted in a peach shade.
On the ring finger, I completely covered the entire nail with the rhinestones.
On the middle finger I placed one rhinestone in the middle near the base of the nail. On the thumb nail I did the same, but I also placed 2 smaller rhinestones next to this in a line going towards the tips.
On the index and little fingers, I painted one coat of a duochrome flakie polish that contained green and orange colours. I then went over this with a different duochrome flakie polish that contained more pink and blue pastel shades.
For this design I wanted to use a nail stamping pattern over a duo-chrome background to add more depth to the design over stamping on a single coloured background.
As the duo-chrome polish is very sheer, I started by painting all nails in a green colour.
I then went over this with 2 coats of the duo-chrome polish. The one I used is by stargazer and has hues of burgundy, bronze and green.
I then set up my stamping tools and stamped my design in black onto each nail one at a time. The plate I used is #56 by Born Pretty.
I used a swirly floral pattern off this plate. As the pattern on the plate is quite large, I used a different section of the pattern each time I used it to stamp. This meant all nails came out different. I finished the design by cleaning up any excess stamping on my fingers and then using a top coat.
For this design I started off with 2 coats of a dark green to purple duochrome shade. I wanted the base colour to have a little depth and colour to it even though I planned to use a flakie top coat over the top. I put this onto all nails.
Next I added my flakie top coat over all nails as well. I ended up using 3 coats of this in the end to get the required density. I let this dry and then added my top coat to all nails.
Afterwards I used 2 coats of a lilac shade. I painted a line down the middle of the nail from the base to the tip of both the thumb and ring finger nails.
I then used a darker purple striping tape and used this to cover either side of the edges of the lilac sections I had just painted.
I finished the design off by placing a large rhinestone in the center, and 2 smaller rhinestones on either side of this onto the nails where I had added the lilac stripe.