Pink and Vanilla Nails

For this design I wanted something a bit busy that had something different going on for each nail.

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On the index and little finger, I painted 2 coats of a bright pink base. On the remaining nails I painted 2 coats of a nude shade.

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On the little finger, I sponged on a glittery pink to the tips make a gradient. On the middle finger, I sponged on the bright pink shade to the tips to also create a gradient.

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On the ring finger, I painted a stripe of the glittery pink in a line down the centre of the nail. I then outlined this stripe with thin pink striping tape. On the thumb, I places a single stripe of the same striping tape going down the length of the nail.

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On the thumb, I then placed 5 rhinestones in the middle of the nail on top of the stripe. I put a larger one in the middle, a medium sized one on either size, and then a smaller one on either size of this. On the index fingers, I placed a large rhinestone in the top middle of each nail and then a smaller one directly underneath that.

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Coral and Violet Nails

For this design I wanted something quite simple that used only 2 main colours. I often find the most simple designs can sometimes look the best.

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I started by painting my thumb and ring finger nails in 2 coats of a coral shade.

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On the remaining nails I used a dark purple shade with fine gold glitter in it.

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On the ring fingers I placed a row of lilac rhinestones along the base of the nail.

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On the thumb nails I used a makeup sponge to sponge on the purple shade to make a gradient on the one half on the nail.

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.

Sun Ray Nails

The colours and stripes in this design reminded me a little bit of the suns rays.

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First I painted all nails in 2 coats of my base colour. I went with a white. I gave this plenty of time to dry.

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Then I used striping tape and placed 3 pieces of tape on each nail. Each strip started in the centre of the base of the nail. The middle one going straight along the middle of the nail to the tip, and the others going out diagonally on either side.

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On top of this I painted the base half of each nail in a yellow shade and the tip half in a dark orange shade. Whilst this was still wet, I put a small line of each colour next to each other on a make up brush and dabbed this on the nail where the 2 colours met in order to blend them into a gradient.

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I worked on one nail at a time as you need to carefully remove the striping tape before everything has chance to dry fully. Afterwards I applied my top coat.

Monarch Butterfly Nails

For this design I attempted a monarch butterfly wing design.

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This design wasn’t too hard to pull off. I started by painting all my nails in a yellow colour.

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Then using a makeup sponge, I sponged a gradient in orange onto the bottom halves of each nail.

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I then took a black nail art pen to outline where I wanted the black areas of the wings to be. I then filled in the outline at the tips of the nails with black nail polish.

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Finally, I used a small dotting tool and a white colour to add some dots over the black area at the tips of each nail.

Shimmery Lilac – Lost nail art pictures

This is the last of my posts for my lost images. For this one I used a grey base on all nails. I then used Barry M’s ‘Silvery Lilac’, which is a kind of duochrome glitter that subtly changes between silver and purple. I applied this to the base of each nail using a make up sponge.

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The grey I used was actually a matte shade, but I find it chips to easily without using a top coat. Therefore what I did was applied my normal topcoat at the end, and then added a matte top coat on top of that. However, I wish I had left this design as a glossy finish. This was because you could see the purple in the glitter really well against the grey background. However when I made the design matte, it made everything too flat and so the silver in the glitter stood out more than the purple. I will have to try this design again sometime in the future.

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.

Vertical Gradient Nails

This week is another gradient design as I needed something easy that I could do while multi-tasking a bit lol. I even managed to avoid touching them against something whilst they were still wet.

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After selecting my colours I started to paint them on each nail. I did this by painting half of each nail in a different colour vertically.

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For example on the little finger nail I wanted the gradient to go from tourquize to purple. Therefore I painted half the nail in tourquize and half in purple. I did 2 coats like this.

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Then in order to make the gradient, I took a makeup sponge and painted a line in each colour next to each other. The colours used depended on the colours being used on the particular nail I was working on.

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I then sponged this down the length of the nail which resulted in the defined line between each colour becoming blended into a gradient.

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I felt it needed something extra to finish it off. I have a polish by Avon called ‘Satin Top Coat’. It’s a matte top coat with a pretty pink shimmer to it. I didn’t want the nails to be matte, but I did want the shimmer over the top. Therefore after applying this to all nails, I added a coat of my normal top coat to remove the matteness.

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.

Aqua Beach Nails

This one is a simple gradient, but it reminded me of a beach after I was done.

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I first painted all nails in 2 coats of the nude shade.

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Next, using a makeup sponge I sponged on the first part of my gradient in a flat tourquize colour.

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Afterwards I used a darker shimmery tourquize/teal colour. I sponged this on in a gradient to the very tips of each nail.

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Finally I addeed 2 coats of a simple multiglitter overcoat because I felt it made the whole thing a bit more special looking.