Purple Glitter Sparkle Nails

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.

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Pretty Pink Gleaming Nails

For this design, I started off by painting all nails in 2 coats of a neon pink shade to make my base.

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Next I went over everything with 2 coats of Barry M’s ‘Starlet’ from their Glitterati collection.

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I really love the brightness of the pink along with the sparkle of the glitter in this shade.

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Next I took a metallic gold shade and a thin nail art brush. Starting at the tip of the nail and working towards around the middle of the nail, I painted thin lines along the width of the nail, making sure to leave a bit of a gap in between each line. I repeated this for each nail.

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I then repeated the same to fill in the gaps between the lines I had just painted. However this time I made the lines a little shorter. It did not matter whether the lines looked ‘perfect’ as it is all part of the effect.

Candy Glitter Nails

For this design I started by painting my ring and thumb nails in 2 coats of a pastel yellow.

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On the little finger, I used 2 coats of a pastel pink, 2 coats of a lilac shade on the index fingers and 2 coats of a mint shade on the middle finger nails.

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On the little fingers I then used 2 coats of of ‘Starlett’ from Barry M’s Glitterati collection. On the middle fingers I used 2 coats of their ‘Catwalk Queen’ shade and 2 coats of ‘Socialite’ on the index fingers.

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On the remaining fingers with pastel yellow as the base colour, I used striping tape to tape off the bottom corner on a diagonal. I filled in this bottom corner with a pastel pink shade.

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Once this was dry, I taped off the opposite corner on each of the yellow nails on the diagonal 2 times. I painted in the top section with a mint colour and the bottom corner with lilac in order to create 2 stripes that overlapped the pink and yellow.

Matte Glamour Nails

I’ve been really wanting to try out more matte designs recently.

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I first painted all nails in 2 coats of my base colour, which is a shade by Barry M called ‘Dusky Mauve’ and has a subtle amount of fine purple shimmer in it.

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On the ring finger I then painted 2 coats of a purple translucent shade packed with glitter.

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I then sponged the same glitter shade onto the tip end of the thumb nails in order to make a gradient.

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I then painted all nails in my normal top coat for durability before going over everything with 2 coats of a matte top coat by Avon called ‘Satin top coat’. This has a fine pink shimmer in it which added an extra dimension to the overall look as making everything matte flattens out the glitter used on the ring fingers.

Matte Glitterati Tip Nails

For this design I started off by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a black shade.

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Next, I took 2 of the shades from Barry M’s Glitterati collection called ‘Starlet’ and ‘Fashion Icon’. I painted one coat on the tip of the ring fingers in a straight line in Starlet. On the remaining nails, I repeated the same on the tips with the Fashion Icon shade.

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Next I went over everything with my normal top coat to make everything more durable.

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Then I made everything matte by painting 2 coats of a matte top coat over all nails.

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Lastly, I went over the glittery tips with a second coat to make them glossy and vibrant again.

Rose Nails

I’ve been wanted to try a rose design for a long time, but it has always looked like it can be too easy to mess the whole thing up lol.

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First I added by background to each nail. I put one coat of a dark blue and then went over this with a multi coloured glittery nail polish.

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Next, I put a light pink circle on each nail where I wanted the rose to be. Next to this I added 2 light green triangular shapes in order to make leaves.

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On the leaves, I put a thin dark green line down the middle. Then on the roses, I took a dark pink and a thin brush to start adding in the detail for the petals. To do this I did a small ‘c’ shape in the middle and a slightly larger one opposite, but facing it. I then added 3 more curves roughly around the outside of the flower.

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To finish the design off I added in some highlights in a similar way. I used a shimmery white shade and added little curves near the darker curves that I had already placed. Overall I’m happy with how it turned out, and it wasn’t as hard as I expected.

Lightning and Sparkle Nails

This was a simple design using some nail art vinyls I got recently in the shape of lightning bolts.

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First I painted all nails in one coat of a white base colour to help the yellow go on in less coats. Then I painted one coat of a yellow over the top of this. If I were to just leave it like this, I would of needed another coat of the yellow. But as only a small area of this would be exposed in the end, I left it as it was.

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Next, I worked on one nail at a time, after they had been left to dry for a long time. I took my lightning bolt nail art vinyl and placed it on the nail in the area I wanted.

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I quickly painted over the top of the whole nail in a purple shade that was packed with multicoloured glitter flakes. As soon as I had painted one coat I immediately painted a second so that it was not too transparent.

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I then carefully removed the nail art vinyl before it had chance to dry too much. After a couple of minutes, I then added my top coat to this nail. I then repeated this same process on the remaining nails.

Icy Flick Nails

These feel quite wintery to me even though they are not based on any kind of winter theme/design.

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Firstly I painted all nails with 2 coats of a nude shade.

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Next, I painted the bottom halves of each nail with my glittery shade. I used a blueish shade from Barry M’s glitterati collection called ‘Catwalk Queen’. I had to use 3 coats to get the thickness that I wanted.

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Next I used a makeup sponge and painted a line of both the nude and glittery shade next to each other. I sponged this over the line where both colours met on each nail in order to create a slight gradient effect.

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Then using a thin nail art brush, I painted on some dark blue flicks on each nail in the design I wanted.

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I finished the design off by adding some more flicks on top of everything in a silvery colour.

Pink Glamour Nails

I think I should have taken the photos for these against the normal grey table I use instead of my kitchen worktop. Believe me when I say the colours in this design look a lot better in person than in these photos.

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I painted all my nails in 2 coats of a nude shade in order to make my natural nails look better.

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Then using a pinkish shade from Barry M’s glitterati collection called ‘Starlet’, I painted a curved tip to the bottom half of each nail. I used 3 coats for this in total.

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Then using a dotting tool, I did a row of small dots in the same shade across the nude background on each nail.

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To finish I did a row of dots along the glitterati area of the nail in a dark purple shade.

2015 Nails

So these are this years ‘new years’ nails.

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I painted all nails in a dark blue shade. The thumbs and ring finger got 2 coats, and the rest got one.

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On the nails that were not the thumb or ring finger I then used 2 coats of Barry M’s glitterati nail paint in Rockstar, which is like a black base with lots of multicoloured glitter in it. It reminds me of a ton of stars in the sky.

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Then on the thumbs I used a very small dotting tool and the same glitterati shade to draw out the numbers 2015. I went over this again to make it stand out better.

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Then on the ring fingers, I used the glitterati nail paint and a thin nail art brush to put a kind of curved triangular shape. Again I went over this for a second coat. This was to make a trail behind the stars.

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Lastly I added a small nail art star to the point of the triangular shapes I had painted on the ring fingers and then added on my top coat.