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.
Sorry for the bad photos. I actually did this design in the winter at night a couple of years ago and so only had artificial light. For this design I wanted there to be a difference in finishes between the 2 colours. Therefore I went for a plain gloss base and a shimmery duochrome over the top.
I started by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a dark blue shade. I made sure I gave this plenty of drying time.
Then, working on 1 nail at a time, I applied a zig zag shaped nail art sticker. While this was on I painted over it in my duochrome overlay.
This is a pretty pink shimmery shade that changes to tones of gold and bronze. I did 2 quick coats of this so that it was opaque but had not had enough time to dry.
I then carefully peeled off the sticker and added a top coat after it had dried for a couple of minutes.
For this design we have a mix of different things going on for each nail.
I started by painting the thumbs in 2 coats of a shimmery white shade. On top of this I used a purple crackle polish. It seems like it has been so long since I last used a crackle polish.
On the ring fingers I used DIY masking tape to tape off a triangle at the base of the nail. I painted over the nail with a dark purple shade. On top of this I painted 1 coat of a dense purple multi glitter polish, before removing the tape. On the line separating the purple from the plain nail, I placed a line of small gold coloured nail beads.
On the remaining fingers I covered the nails with 2 coats of the dark purple shade, except for the index finger on which I only used 1 coat.
I placed one single square gold nail stud on the middle fingers, and on the index finger I used 1 coat of the glitter polish.
For this design I was trying out a new stamping plate and polish from Born Pretty that my brothers got me for my birthday.
The base for this design is a colour changing polish. I found that the colour change is quite subtle from a darker purple to a lighter purple to be very noticeable. However I found if I ran my nails under very hot water it did start to change to more of a pink shade. Most of the time though my nails are just too cold to see any difference.
The colours itself however are nice as purple is my favourite colour. I also love the inclusion of the silver glitter in multiple sizes as it makes for a prettier base for designs. I used 3 coats of this to get a proper coverage on the nail but it is very quick drying.
On top of this I stamped floral designs in white. The plate I used is BPX-L019 which has various pretty floraly type designs.
I used 2 of the different designs from this plate to stamp onto each nail. I tried to make the placement different on each nail so that it wasn’t all just the same for each nail.
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:
For this design I reverse stamped a floral pattern and coloured it in to make some nail vinyls. I really love the peachy pastel orange shade that I used for this design with the iridescent glitter topper over it. The orange is from Barry M’s Coconut Infusion range.
I started by painting 4 rectangles of topcoat onto a silicone mat. I then stamped the flower pattern onto the top of this. Using a thin brush I then filled in the petals with a dark purple and peachy pastel orange shades. Once this was dry I went over it again with the top coat again.
On my middle and ring finger nails I painted 2 coats of a very light lilac shade. I peeled the nail vinyls from the silicone mat and stuck them down onto these nails with a clear top coat.
I used a cuticle stick, nail scissors and acetone on a flat brush to remove and clean up any of the excess that was overhanging the nail.
On the other remaining nails I painted them with 2 coats of the orange shade. Once this was dry I painted over it with a coat of a iridescent glitter topper.
On top of these nails I placed a single purple nail stud. I then went over the top of everything with a top coat.
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 it to be quite subtle but a little bit bold at the same time.
I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a very light pink shade.
This one is from Barry M’s frosted cupcakes collection, which has subtle flecks of silver glitter in it as well to add depth.
Once this was dry I used a thin brush and a red glittery nail polish to paint half moons on both the ring and thumb nails.
Finally I placed a line of gold coloured nail beads to cover the edge line of the half moons to neaten everything up.
I’m really pleased with how this one turned out. I think the combination of the red and gold go well together, and the glitter in the red base adds a little something extra to the overall look.
I also really like the geometric triangular designs from this stamping plate. It is #77 of the round plates by Born Pretty.
I started by painting all nails in 1 coat of a deep red. I then went over it in 2 coats of a glittery red shade. As the red in this shade was quite translucent, I used the deep red shade underneath to help with the coverage.
I then used my stamping plate and a metallic gold shade to stamp the designs onto each nail.
I used a different design from the same plate on each nail on one hand, and then repeated this on the other hand so that they matched.
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.