I really never learn when I try to paint things freehand on my nails. I always think that the brush that I choose looks a lot thinner than it is when I end up painting with it. So I feel this design was a bit of a fail as the gold lines came out way to thick for what I wanted, which makes the overall design look a bit ‘messy’.
I started by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a dark blue shade. However on the thumb, middle and ring fingers I left some negative space.
On the thumb and ring fingers I left a triangular area of negative space at the base of the nail with the point going towards the tip. I then used a striping brush and a gold polish to paint a chevron at the tip of the nail with the point going upwards.
On the middle fingers I painted it so that the blue went halfway up the nail and then made a triangle shape towards the base of the nail. In the point of this triangle I painted a light blue diamond shape.
I finished the design off by outlining the diamond in the gold shade, but I continued each line past the diamond and to the edges of the nail.
This is a simple design made using striping tape.
I started by painting my thumbs in 2 coats of a gold shade.
On the remaining nails I used 2 coats of a dark shimmery blue.
On the gold nails I used blue striping tape and lay 4 stripes across each nail in a random pattern. Unfortunately my top coat faded the colour a bit on the blue striping tape.
On the ring fingers I also used 4 stripes of striping tape across the nails in a random pattern but this time I used a gold coloured tape.
I feel it’s been ages since I did dotticure flowers. This one is a simple accent nail design.
I started by painting all nails except the ring finger nails in a 2 coats of a bright hot pink colour. On the remaining nail I used 2 coats of a light pink with silver flecks in it.
Over the top of the bright pink nails I used 1 coat of a shimmery gold pearl effect polish to give the pink some extra depth.
On the light pink ring finger nails, I used a thin brush and a green polish to paint a single leaf onto them.
Then using a large dotting tool, I placed 5 dots in the bright pink in a flower shape. For the centre of the flowers I used a glittery gold polish.
This is a super simple design that you could do for Christmas time due to the colours, or you could change the colours around for any time of the year.
I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a bright red shade, except for the thumbs and ring fingers.
On the thumbs and ring fingers, I used a striping brush to paint a diagonal line in the same red shade starting in one corner at the base of the nail and ending about a 1/3 of the way down the nail on the opposite side.
I filled in the area closest to the tip of the nail in 2 coats of the red shade, leaving a small negative space area near the base of the nail.
On the same thumb and ring finger nails I first took a gold striping tape. I placed a diagonal stripe of this so that the line was coming from the opposite corner to the the line I had painted in red with the striping brush. I then placed a green stripe of striping tape just underneath the gold stripe, leaving a little space in between.
This design is a simple gold dotticure accent nail with a magnetic gold polish used for the remaining nails.
I started by painting the ring fingers in a 2 coats of a brown shade.
On the remaining nails I used 2 coats of a magnetic gold polish. On the second coat I used a magnet with a diagonal stripe pattern to make the design.
To finish off the ring fingers, I used a gold polish and a small dotting tool to add a pattern of dots. I tried to place the dots in curved lines to make a pattern. I then top coated everything.
Unfortunately the top coat dissolved the effect of the magnetic polish a bit. It looked so much better beforehand. I wish I had remembered to take my photos before adding the top coat.
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.
This was a nice simple design, that looks like it was more effort than it was.
I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a bright pink shade from Barry M’s Coconut Infusions range.
I left this so that it had plenty of time to dry as I didn’t want the base layer to get pulled when adding the foil. I then took a clear top coat. I removed all excess from the brush and then randomly stroked it across the nail, making sure that I left gaps.
I then took a gold coloured nail foil and pressed this on top of the nail and then removed it. This left random patches of gold within the pink.
I repeated this across all nails before finishing everything off with a layer of topcoat.
For this design I attempted to recreate the look of turquoise gemstone. From looking at pictures online I seen that the stone has black lines going through it with bits of gold here and there.
I started with my base colour. Rather than a flat turquoise shade, I wanted my base colour to be more metallic looking. The colour I chose is called ‘Teal’ by Barry M. I had to paint 3 coats of this to get the cover that I wanted.
I then took a thin brush and a black acrylic paint. I used this to paint in the black lines.
It ended up a little bit different to how turquoise really looks, as the lines should have been more circular rather than looking like cracks. However I still liked how the pattern turned out in the end.
I then took a gold polish that was made up of very densely packed gold shimmer. Using the same sized brush I then went over and painted in little bits of gold here and there on and around the black lines before finishing off with a top coat.
For this one I went for baby blue and baby pink pastel colours to put together my design. All colours used are from Barry M’s Silk Effects.
I started off by painting all nails except the ring and thumb finger nails in 2 coats of a pastel blue shade.
On the remaining nails, I taped off a small section near the base of the nail. On the thumbs I filled this in with pink, and on the ring fingers I filled it in with the blue before removing the tape. I left the next section of these nails blank so that my natural nail showed through.
I then taped off another area 3/4 down each of the nails and filled this in with a white nail polish. I then filled in the tips of each of these nails with the opposite colour to what I used at the base of the nail. So for the thumbs I used blue on the tips, and on the ring fingers I used pink.
To complete the design, I added a few strips of gold striping tape on each of the thumb and ring finger nails. On the thumbs I used it along the edges of the white section of the nail. On the ring fingers I used it on the edge of the blue and then through the middle of the pink.
These nails might look like they were a bit complex to make, but they actually didn’t take me anywhere near as long to do as I expected. I was very pleased with how well they came out. Often I have this great picture in my mind of how an idea will look, and then when I actually come to trying to make the design, it ends up nowhere near as good as I envisioned. However, this was one of those rare cases where the idea came out better than I expected.
I decided to use a duochrome shade for my base. This one is called ‘Persian’ and is by Barry M. It’s a pretty purple shade that turns to shades of bronze and gold. For the dot details, I used a shimmery gold shade to match with the colours in the duochrome.
I started by painting all nails in 3 coats of the duochrome base colour. I needed 3 coats to make it opaque enough. In hindsight I should have really used a dark shade underneath.
Next I took the smallest sized dotting tool that I had and used this to place the shimmery gold dots on all nails. The idea behind the placement was to have them in curved and spiraling line patterns. I wanted each nail on one hand to have a completely different pattern on it, but I wanted the hands themselves to match.
On the thumbs I went for a spiral of dots coming from the base to the middle of the nail, as well as a curve of lines going along the one side of the nail. The ring finger nail was a bit similar, but the spiral came from the tip of the nail, with lines of dots near the base of the nail. On the index finger, I made a half moon of dots along the one side of the nail. The middle finger was the opposite to this as it had an inverted curve of dots made on the opposite side of the nail. Finally, on the little finger, I placed a half moon of dots at the tip of the nail, with lines of dots going diagonally across the base of the nail.