Purple Medley Nails

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.

Foil Splash Nails

For this design I tried out some nail foil for the first time. I did actually purchase this a while back but always put off trying it out because I wasn’t sure how easy it would be to use. However it was actually pretty easy to do and I wish I had of tried it out sooner.

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I started by painting all my nails in 2 coats of my base colour. I went for a dark blue. Once this was touch dry I used a quick dry top coat over the top.

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Next I selected the foils I wanted to use. I went for a light blue, silver and light pink to go with my base colour. Doing one nail at a time, I took a normal clear polish and removed most of the polish from the brush. Then I randomly dabbed it on parts of the nail. I let this dry for a few seconds and then placed the sheet of foil over the top, pressing it on gently and then removing it. This left random bits of foil in random places on the nail.

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I repeated this on each nail, starting with the blue foil. After I did the same over each nail again but with the silver. After I repeated with the pink foil. Then on some nails, I felt that they needed a little more of the blue in places and so I went back over with the blue as needed.

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Once I was happy with how my design looked, I went over my nails in a dry fast top coat. Unfortunately, this seemed to react a bit with the foils and it flattened out a lot of the ‘depth’ that they gave to the design. Therefore it did actually look a lot better than it does in the pictures. I’ve since looked online and it seems this is a common issue with foils. I think next time I will try a normal top coat first and then try my quick dry top coat over the top to see if it makes any difference.

Chrome Colour Block Nails

This week’s design is a simple colour block mani, using colours that have chrome/metallic/duochrome finishes to them.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Golden Rain Nails

There was actually 2 different glitter nail polishes used for this design, but I got a bit carried away with the chunkier glitter that I placed on the top to be able to see the finer one underneath much.

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I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a foil gold shade. Once this was dry, I used a makeup sponge and blobbed a little bit of a fine gold glitter on it.

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I then dabbed the sponge onto the nail. I made sure to mainly focus on applying it to the tip and working upwards to around halfway up the nail in a gradient. I then repeated this 2 more times per nail, making sure that the most concentrated area of glitter on each nail was at the tip.

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I then took a chunky flakie gold glitter nail polish. This also does have a few subtle flakes of a rose gold in it as well, but it didn’t show up much on the camera. I repeated the sponging process I did above on each nail with this nail polish.

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A good thing about using a sponge in order to place the glitter, is that the sponge absorbs a lot of the clear base polish meaning that you put more of the glitter and less of the clear base onto the nail than if you were to use the brush instead.

Purple Rain Nails

I started this design off by using a nude sort of grey/purple shade called ‘Vanilla’ from Barry M’s matte nail paints. I used 2 coats of this on all nails.

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Next I took a large dotting tool and a silver shade. I randomly placed dots on each nail but tried to focus them near the top of the nail. The aim was to have the dots appear like they are falling down the nail in a gradient kind of effect, with the top of the nail containing dots and the tips of the nails being plain.

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Next I took a smaller sized dotting tool and did the same on all nails with the same silver colour.

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Once this was dry I repeated the same previous 2 steps, but with a lilac colour. I overlapped both sizes of the lilac dots over the silver dots I had previously placed.

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Lastly, I repeated the same thing again, but with a darker purple colour. Again I overlapped this over the other dots in places. It’s better to not get carried away with the number of dots you place of each colour.

Raspberry Truffle Nails

I did these nails last year sometime, but I wasn’t really happy with how my pictures came out, which put me off from posting them. However here they are:

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I firstly painted all my nails in 2 coats of a shimmery light brown shade. This is actually Barry M’s ‘Truffle’ Silk nail paint.

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Diagonally across the bottom half of each nail I painted them in a pinkish dark red shade.

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Over the red area I used a fine multicoloured top coat to add some extra sparkle.

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Then where the line where the 2 colours met, I used a medium sized dotting tool and placed some dots in silver to cover the join. On the ring fingers I used rhinestones to do this instead.

Flicks and Glitz Nails

I’ve tried doing designs in the past using little flicks and such, as pictures I see online always look really nice. However I always feel mine do not come out as good as I wanted them to. I think I make the lines too thick at the ends or something. This week’s design is another attempt at this style, but I still need a lot more practice lol.

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First I painted all nails in 2 coats of my base coat. I went for a purple shade as it’s my favorite colour.

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Next I took a silver glitter nail paint and a thin nail art brush. Onto each nail I painted one flick going down the nail and one going across from the one side.

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Then I took a gold nail paint. Using the same brush I painted 2 flicks going down the length of the nail, starting from the base of the nail. I placed them so that one was on either side of where I had placed the glitter line going down the nail.

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Lastly, I took a silver nail paint and placed one flick going across the nail, just above the line of glitter that I added going across.

Water Spotted Nail Experiment

I call this one an experiment because overall it was a bit of a fail lol. I’ve never tried any of the nail designs that involve dripping nail varnish in water but have always been eager to try it out. As I had a bit of spare time this weekend I thought I would give this spotty effect a go.

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First I painted all nails in 2 coats of my background colour. I decided on a dark purple. On the tutorials I looked at for this effect they say to use sanitiser spray. I don’t have this but in a couple of places people had said to use hairspray instead so I decided to go for that instead.

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I used cellotape to tape around my nails in order to make the clean up easier. I took a disposable plastic cup of room temperature water and added a few drops, one by one of my chosen colour. I went for a goldy metallic kind of colour. The drips separate out across the surface of the water. Then you can take your spray and do a little spritz on the top to make the dots. You can then dip your nail over the part of the pattern you like best, remove the excess with a toothpick, remove your nail from the water, remove the cellotape and clean up the nail with nail varnish remover before adding your top coat.

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However, I found that no matter how gentle I tried to be with the hairspray, when it hit the water it just made the nail varnish layer constrict up. If I was lucky I got a few big holes in the layer, but I wanted a design that had many spaller holes in it. I also found that the hairspray messed the surface of the water up for the next attempt as well. After struggling several times and wasting a bit of nail varnish on failed attempts, I was left with 2 nails undone, and the rest that I was not happy with how most of them turned out.

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This was when I decided to try something else that was in spray form. The closest thing I had near me to try was a bottle of body spray in a spritz bottle rather than in aerosol form. I used this for both the ring and little finger nails of my right hand. You can see from the pictures that although the gold nail polish looks a little less vibrant on these nails, the overall effect came out a lot better and more like what I wanted. It also didn’t make the nail varnish constrict up like the hairspray did. Therefore I definatley need to try this method out again to see if I can get better results. I also want to try out water marbled nails sometime as well as I have never gotten around to trying that out before either.

Curvy Diamond Nails

I am quite pleased wih how this design came out and might try something similar again in the future.

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First I painted all nails in 2 coats of my background colour. I used a duochrome polish that has a black base and then a tourquize shimmer that changes to purple in the right light. I tried to capture the purple in the last picture in this post.

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Next I used a makeup sponge to sponge a silver coloured gradient to the tips of the fore, middle and little fingers.

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On the other finger and thumb I painted a curved area in the same silver colour.

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Afterwards I covered all silver areas with 2 coats of a multi glitter polish to add some extra sparkle.

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Lastly, on the thumb and ring fingers, I covered the line where the 2 colours meet with some multi coloured rhinestones. I used larger sized rhinestones at the middle of the nail, and smaller ones at the edges.

Purple Upside Down Tip Nails

I call this upside down because the curve of the purple on the tips goes in the opposite way to the curve of the nail tips themselves.

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I started by painting all nails in a gold foil nail paint. I used 2 coats.

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Next I used Purple Countess, a royal textured glitter nail paint by Barry M. I painted the bottom half/ tip area in this, but I did it in a curved circular shape.

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Next I added a little purple rhinestone to the gold part of each nail.

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I then covered everything with topcoat because I wanted to see how the royal textured glitters looked with a topcoat over them. Although it looked a bit darker and still looked OK, these nail paints are definatley a lot more beautiful without a top coat over them.