The polish I used for this design is from Born Pretty Store. It is from their ‘Chameleon 3D Magnetic Aurora Series Cat Eye Nail Polish’ range and is called ‘Astral Realm’.
It is supposed to be used over black polish but for this design I painted one coat of a dark purple as the base for each nail. On the ring and thumb fingers I painted it diagonally across half of the nail to leave some negative space.
Over the top of this I painted 2 coats of the magnetic polish. On the second coat I used a magnet with a wavy sort of pattern.
The effect came out really pretty. The magnetic polish is a duochrome with hues of purple, green and gold.
I completed the design by placing some petrol coloured rhinestones across the diagonal lines made on the thumb and ring fingers.
These nails came out looking really shiny, but unfortunately I didn’t do a very good job at sticking the foil down so it started curling up in the corners not long after completing the design.
I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a dark purple shade.
I then took the sheet of foil and cut it into random geometric shapes.
Next I painted a layer of nail adhesive over all my nails.
I then placed bits of the foil randomly onto each nail before finishing with a top coat. The foil is a duochrome effect in colours of green, yellow and orange.
This week’s design uses nail pigment which I then stamped over with a variety geometric patterns.
I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a black gel polish.
I then cured a coat of no wipe top coat over the top of this to prepare the nails for the pigment.
I then rubbed nail pigment onto each nail. This us a really pretty metallic purple and green duochrome, which is also holographic. As usual the pictures don’t do it justice.
I finished the design off by stamping different triangular geometric patterns over each of the nails in a white stamping polish, before adding another layer of top coat.
This was a nice simple and pretty design that focuses on the accent nail.
I started by painting the thumb and ring fingers in 2 coats of a light pink polish with small silver flecks in it.
On the remaining fingers I used 3 coats of a purple / bronze duochrome polish.
On the ring fingers I then placed 1 single large rhinestone in the middle of the nail around 2/3 of the way up from the tip.
Around this rhinestone I then placed the smallest rhinestones I had in a circle.
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.
For this design I started by using a pink to bronze duochrome polish in order to paint a half moon design on all of my nails.
To achieve this I used a half smile line shaped brush to make things easier. I used 2 coats of the duochrome polish.
Once this was dry, I took a black polish and a very thin brush. I used this to paint a line over the edge of the duocrhome where it makes the half moon shape. I tried to do this as neatly as I possibly could.
Afterwards, I felt that the design was too plain. I decided to try and freehand some flowers in the bottom corners of the thumbs and ring fingers using the same thin brush and black polish.
However I feel this was a mistake as they turned out nothing like how I imagined it to look. I feel it is quite messy looking on my right hand especially. I think it would have been better to have done dotting tool flowers instead.
I was really short on time when I did this design and I hadn’t planned on having to cut all my nails down so I had to make it quick and simple.
I accidentally sliced my right hand ring finger nail while drying up one of the cutting blades in my vegetable mandolin so low down it was right where the skin joins to the nail. How I didn’t slice my finger I have no idea. So they all had to get cut down short. The nail I sliced was so hard to cut off and file without cutting the tip of my finger.
After I painted all the nails except the thumb finger nails in 2 coats of a metallic shimmery pink and bronze duochrome shade.
On the thumbs I painted 2 coats of a light cream shade.
I then finished off the design by randomly placing light pink and dark pink rhinestones as well as gold nail beads to each of the thumb nails.
For this design I wanted to try putting a matte top coat over the top of a duochrome polish.
I started by giving all nails a dark green base as the main colour of the duochrome polish I was using was green.
I then went over the top of this with a coat of my duochrome polish. This polish was from Born Pretty and changes from green to purple, but also has flecks of multi sized green glitter in it as well.
On the middle and ring fingers I stamped over the top of this in white using a floral pattern from a large Born Pretty stamping plate.
On the remaining fingers I used a flat brush to paint a white tip on each, before finishing everything off with a matte top coat.
For this design I did something different across most of my nails, but I tried to stick to a purple theme in general.
I started by painting my thumbs in 2 coats of a lilac shade and my index fingers in 3 coats of an off white with small flakes of silver glitter. On the middle and ring fingers I used 2 coats of a dark purple, and on the little fingers I used 3 coats of a duochrome purple – bronze.
All colours were from various collections by Barry M. On the little and index fingers, I left them plain and finished off with a top coat.
On the thumbs I placed a single medium sized silver rhinestone in the middle of the base of the nail. Then around this I placed a half circle of smaller purple rhinestones.
On the remaining nails, I used some nail foil in 2 different shades of pink and one in silver. I used some normal topcoat and removed as much excess from the brush as I could before randomly placing strokes on the nail. I then stuck the foil to this. I alternated between the colours to build up the random foil effect until I was happy with it.
For this design I did a simple 2 colour block design with a line of striping tape in between going diagonally on each nail.
I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a pastel lilac colour from the Coconut Infusion range by Barry M.
On top of this I taped off with DIY masking tape a diagonal line on each nail, leaving the tip half uncovered. To this half of each nail I painted 2 coats of a duochrome polish from Born Pretty. This is quite a pretty polish that changes from a shade of purple to green. It also has flecks of green glitter. It was item no. 24882.
Once this was dry I used a purple striping tape to cover the line where the 2 colours met. I then finished it off with a top coat.
I always find it hard to photograph duochrome polishes well, so I tried to capture the effect in a short video: