Purple is one of my favourite colours, so I always love to use different shades of purple in my nail art designs.
For this one I started by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a shimmery lilac shade.
Next I took a larger dotting tool and a dark shimmery purple shade. I placed random dots in this colour over all nails.
Next I took a smaller sized dotting tool. I used the first lilac shade and placed a smaller dot in this colour in the middle of the dark purple dots I had just made.
Lastly, using the same smaller sized dotting tool and the darker purple colour, I placed some smaller dots in random parts of the empty spaces that were remaining on each nail.
So only a few hours into the new year and I managed to break the ring finger nail on my right hand really low down. It was practically just under the line where the nail starts attaching to your finger on the one side. So I figured new year, new nails and cut them all down. I went for a simple design to compliment my nail length.
I started by painting all nails in one of my favourite shades; ‘Surfboard’ by Barry M from the Coconut Infusions range.
I can only best describe it as a light lilac shade which is a bit on the pink side, but also feels a bit grey at the same time. I used 2 coats on all fingers except the thumbs on which I used 1 coat.
On the ring fingers I then applied some black petrol effect rhinestones. I placed a larger one in the top corner, and then used 5 smaller ones in a half circle around it.
To complete the thumbs, I used 3 coats of a black multi glitter. This one is called ‘Rockstar’ from Barry M’s Glitterati polishes. I chose this shade to compliment the colour of the rhinestones.
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.
I started by painting my thumb and ring finger nails in 2 coats of a coral shade.
On the remaining nails I used a dark purple shade with fine gold glitter in it.
On the ring fingers I placed a row of lilac rhinestones along the base of the nail.
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.
I had high hopes for this design, but as always I really fail when it comes to doing little flicks with thin nail art brushes. They always end up to thick no matter how hard I try.
I started off by painting all nails in 2 coats of a very light grayish lilac shade as my background.
On all nails except the thumb and ring finger nail, I used a very thin nail art brush and painted 2 flicks coming from the one corner in a dark purple colour. I then added 2 more flicks in a lilac shade next to them. I finished off those nails by placing a rhinestone over the corner where all the flicks originated from.
On the remaining nails I used the same brush and dark purple shade to paint 3 round petals at the base of each nail.
I then used the lilac shade to fill in some little lines in the base of each petal that I had made. I then finished these nails off by placing 3 rhinestones to make the centre of the flower. I think I would have liked the overall design better if I had gone for the flower design on all nails instead of just the thumb and ring fingers.
For this design I layered a sheer polish on top of another to make a unique background shade.
I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a dark shimmery brown/purple colour called ‘Dusky Mauve’ by Barry M.
Next I went over all nails with a coat of Barry M’s ‘Silvery Lilac’.
Then on the bottom half of the thumb and ring finger nails, I painted 2 coats of a lilac shade.
Lastly I taped off a chevron shape across the middle of all nails with tape. I made sure this covered the join in colours where I used the lilac shade. I then filled this in with a white shimmery shade before removing the tape.
Now that spring is kind of here, I thought I would do a spring themed flower design.
First, I painted all nails in one coat of a nude shade as it makes your nails look better than if they are just left natural.
Next I painted diagonally across the bottom halves of each nail with a light brown shade. I wanted the colours to be subtle and neutral so that the flowers stood out more.
Then taking a smallish dotting tool, I dotted 5 dots in a circle in a lilac colour along the line where the 2 base colours met and to the left side of the nail. I repeated this with a light blue colour, but placed it in the middle of where the 2 base colours met. Then again I repeated the same, but with a yellow colour and to the right side of the nail.
Lastly, I finished the flowers off by placing a small white dot in the centre of each one.
This one was a simple dotty design using a plain background and foil effect dots in curved rows.
First I painted all nails in 2 coats of a dark purple shade.
Then using a medium sized dotting tool and a silver foil nail varnish, I added a row of dots curving along one bottom corner of each nail.
Next I took a very slightly bigger sized dotting tool and a lilac foil effect nail varnish to add another row of dots above the silver row.
Lastly I did the same again, but this time with a gold foil effect nail varnish and a bigger sized dotting tool.
I then finished everything off with a coat of top coat.
So this week I got around to trying out another of the Chameleon effect nail paints by Barry M. This time I tried out the lilac shade.
I decided on a simple “V” shaped stripe pattern for the colour change. The original colour is a light lilac, which changes to a darker purple shade when you apply the top coat. I used a thinner brush to add the pattern.
Despite deciding on a simple design, I still feel it looks quite effective. The other bonus of this is that it makes adding the design to your dominant hand slightly less difficult. When adding the top coat, you will notice that some nails will be much darker in colour. However this is nothing to worry about as the colour evens out to the same shade on all nails once everything has dried fully.
One other thing I really love about these chameleon shades is the metallic finish to them. The colours look gorgeous on their own before adding any design with top coat.
So I know it’s a little late but I finally got around to trying the whole caviar/microbeads nails as you can see in the photo below.
The microbeads I got from ebay. It was roughly just under £4 for 12 little pots. The colours that you get were random from an overseas seller. This means you have to wait a while for them to arrive, but the wait was worth it. I love how these nails came out and as well as the look of the design, I also love the different texture you are left with.
For my first attempt, I decided to try out a lilac colour. I only applied them to my ring fingers this time. This is because from experience, I know that my thumbs and first two fingers are the most likest to chip, especially on the right hand. Usually I can have my nails in the same design for a week and my little finger and ring fingers wouldn’t have chipped at all usually. As I felt that the beads would come off more easily than normal nail varnish, I made the decision to only use them on my ring fingers.
Underneath the beads I used the lilac foil paint by Barry M. On the other nails I painted them with the silver foil and then added a bit of detail with the lilac foil. It was on the second coat on the ring finger when I added the beads. I just poured them on while the nail was wet. I then pressed the beads down a little and tried to fill in any gaps to make the beads tightly packed together.
This was a little messy. The beads are so small and like to fly all over the place lol. Anyways I let it dry for a while and then added my top coat. On the ring fingers I added a very generous helping of topcoat by blobbing it all over the beads. I blew on this while it was wet to try and push it into the gaps in the beads. After that was dry I repeated the process the same. I feel that it was doing this which helped to keep the design as durable as it was.
The beads stayed in place for around 3 days before the ring finger chipped. However because the top coat had stuck everything together solidly, the whole nail chipped off in one solid ‘shell’. Therefore I just gently picked it up and effectively ‘glued’ it back on with some top coat lol. This was on the right hand, and on the day after the exact same thing happened to the left hand. Since sticking them both back on they still look as good as the day I applied them, and it has been a week since I did my nails now. They proved to be more durable than I expected, but I am not sure if they would last this good on the fingers I know that are prone to chipping.
I will definatley use mcrobeads on my nails in the future and I am eager to try out the different colours I got. However next time I would change my base coat as normally my base coat is a nail strengthener. I want to see if using my top coat as a base would be better for keeping the beads on the nails longer. This is because since sticking the chipped off nails back on with my top coat they have become a whole lot more durable. It was also only by change that I realised when the nails chipped off and I was able to ‘save’ them.
So below you can see the nail look I came up with using the new limited edition nail paints from Barry M. The aim was to achieve a gradient type effect with the silver glitter. I hope you like it.
Barry M nail paints used:
- #142 Lilac Foil
- #146 Vivid Purple
- #140 Silver Glitter
Whilst I absolutely love the colour of the lilac foil. I think the effect this look created looks best against the vivid purple. I also love how the vivid purple has some hidden shimmer in it when you look under certain lighting. The shimmery finish to this is how I was hoping their dusky mauve colour would look on the nail.
To apply the silver glitter I used a makeup sponge to sponge it on and build up the effect in layers so that the highest concentration of glitter was at the tips.