My nails are quite short at the moment so I wanted something simple but pretty that would suit short nails.
I started by painting my thumb and index fingers in 2 coats of a pastel sea green colour.
On the ring and little fingers I used 2 coats of a light greyish purple shade.
On the middle fingers I used 2 coats of a glittery bronze shade.
To complete the design, I then took a small brush and the same bronze polish and painted triangles on the tips of the index and ring fingers.
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.
For this design I wanted to try out some glittery striping tape that I recently purchased from Born Pretty.
I started by painting all nails in a black polish. I used 2 coats on the thumbs, middle and ring fingers, and 1 coat on the rest.
On the little and index fingers I used 2 coats of a polish that has a translucent black base and a dense multi glitter in it. This is called Rockstar from Barry M’s glitterati collection.
On the thumbs I painted the bottom half of the nails in the same multi glitter polish. On the middle fingers I painted about 3/4 of the way up with the glitter and on the ring fingers I just painted the tips.
I then took a thin silver glittery striping tape and placed this along the line where the black base and glittery polish met. On the ring fingers I also placed 2 extra stripes of the same tape nearer to the base of the nail.
Please excuse the messiness of this design. It was my first ever time trying out gel polish and a UV lamp. I think I painted my layers a bit thick so they came out uneven in places. I found that the brushes held a lot more product than I expected when compared to normal nail polish. I guess it’s because the consistency felt a bit different.
However I found that the smaller flecks of glitter covered the nails before the larger ones had chance to. I then used a gel top coat over the glitter and cured it before repeating this on the other thumb.
For the ring fingers, I repeated the same process and used the same loose glitter. However I dipped each nail in the glitter pot instead and used a fan brush to brush away the excess.
By this point I had got loose glitter everywhere and some of it got stuck to the other nails that I had only put the base coat onto. In hindsight I should have done the glitter nails last.
I then painted and cured all the remaining nails in a black gel. On top of this I used a no-wipe top coat and cured it. I then applied a metallic teal nail powder with an eyeshadow applicator before using another layer of topcoat to finish the design.
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.
This design was a simple mix up of different things for each nail.
On the ring fingers I painted 2 coats of an off white polish with small silver flakes in it. Once this was dry I added a row of different sized rhinestones in a curve at the base of the nail.
On the index and little fingers I painted 2 coats of a kind of greige with a hint of lilac to it.
To these nails I added an iridescent glittery top coat in gradient effect, concentrating more of the glitter near the base of the nails. I then went over this in the same way with an iridescent flakie polish. Unfortunately it didn’t pick up too well on the camera.
On the remaining nails I painted 2 coats of a dark purple. Over the top of this I used a shimmery pearl purple effect over coat. Onto the thumb nails only I also added 2 rhinestones.
For this design I wanted to have triangle tips in a holo polish on each nail. However I feel the holo effect just did not show up as much as I wanted it to and that it just turned out more like silver glitter instead.
I started off by painting all nails in 2 coats of bright shimmery red shade. It’s a nice Christmasy red.
Once this was dry I took a striping brush and the holo polish that I was using to paint in the triangle shapes from the tip ends of the nails.
I felt I needed 3 coats of the holo to cover it over the red base evenly, so using the same striping brush I added 2 more coats. I wonder if I used too many coats to make the holo effect work well.
I then finished off the design by adding a single black petrol coloured rhinestone to the middle of each nail at the point of the triangle.
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.
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.
I think this design looks so much nicer with a matte coat over the top. Sometimes I quite like to put matte over the top of glitter.
I started by painting my thumb and ring fingers with 2 coats of a dense fine pink glitter.
On the remaining nails I used 2 coats of a greyish lilac shade.
Using a striping brush I carefully painted triangle shapes to the tips of the greyish nails in the pink glitter. I did think about using tape to make the lines perfect but I was feeling a bit lazy in the end, so I opted to do it freehand.
I firstly used my normal topcoat for durability and then afterwards added a layer of a matte topcoat.