For this design I wanted to try putting a matte top coat over the top of a duochrome polish.
I started by giving all nails a dark green base as the main colour of the duochrome polish I was using was green.
I then went over the top of this with a coat of my duochrome polish. This polish was from Born Pretty and changes from green to purple, but also has flecks of multi sized green glitter in it as well.
On the middle and ring fingers I stamped over the top of this in white using a floral pattern from a large Born Pretty stamping plate.
On the remaining fingers I used a flat brush to paint a white tip on each, before finishing everything off with a matte top coat.
This was a very quick and simple design that uses only one colour, but the differences in texture still make it eye catching.
I started by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a black shade.
Once this was dry I used my normal top coat on all nails except the ring fingers. I then used a matte top coat over the top of this once it had dried.
On the ring fingers I painted a layer of a clear nail polish onto one of them. I immediately applied black opaque rhinestones to the nail in order to cover it entirely.
I then repeated this to the other ring finger before covering both of them with a coat of top coat. My dad said the ring finger nails looked a bit like black raspberries, hence the title of this post.
For this design I started off by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a black shade.
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.
Next I went over everything with my normal top coat to make everything more durable.
Then I made everything matte by painting 2 coats of a matte top coat over all nails.
Lastly, I went over the glittery tips with a second coat to make them glossy and vibrant again.
If I was to do this design again, I would go with a completely different colour glitter for the ring finger base colour as I feel it does not stand out as much as I wanted it to. Overall though I was happy with how the taped off sections came out. I think I like the diagonal one the most.
Firstly, I painted all my nails in 2 coats of a light blue shade. To the ring finger I then added 2 coats of a blueish glittery over coat.
I gave this some time to dry and then I added my top coat. This is because the next colour that I used has a matte finish to it which I did not want to remove with a glossy top coat.
After this was completely dry, I took some striping tape and placed 2 stripes near the top of the nail parallel to each other and 2 near the bottom parallel to each other in the shape that I desired.
I then went over this with a matte dark blue with shimmer in it. Before it dried, I removed the tape to reveal my design. I found it easier to work on one nail at a time.
I continued along the remaining nails, making a different shape on each nail. I think the diagonal design I did on the middle finger is my favourite. The above image shows a step by step of the design.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I then sponged this down the length of the nail which resulted in the defined line between each colour becoming blended into a gradient.
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.
For this design I used 3 colours from Barry M’s Silk Nail Effects range, but it would work great with a mixture of colours and finishes. I was after a subtle design this time, but a mix of light, dark and bold colours would look great also.
I first painted all nails in 2 coats a lilac shade called heather and let this dry very well.
Then I used striping tape to tape off a triangle shape from the top of the nail and having the point of the triangle land around 90% of the way down the nail. I did this on all nails and filled it in with a white shade called pearl before removing the tape.
I again gave this plenty of time to dry. Then I used striping tape again, but this time to make a triangle of a smaller size starting from the bottom of the nail and going upwards. I did this across all nails.
This time I used a brownish shade called truffle before removing the striping tape and adding top coat. I was left with a design where the triangles overlapped each other in the middle.
I wasn’t really sure what I wanted to do with this design but I wanted something with overlapping squiggly lines. But in the end I was happy with out it turned out. I wonder if a different background colour may have worked better though.
First I painted all nails with 2 coats of a black colour to make the background.
Next I took pastel pink, green and purple shades from Barry M’s recent silk collection.
Starting with a thinner brush and the pink shade I added squiggly lines along the majority of each nail.
Next I used the green to add lines in between the gaps left in the pink lines.
Lastly I added lines in purple, but I only did them halfway up the nail. I did not add a top coat as I wanted to keep the finish of the silk nail paints.
This one is a simple coloured tips with rhinestones design.
I painted all nails in a nude shade to start to give me an opaque base to work with.
Then over the top of this I used a glitter nail polish I got in a gift set for Christmas. In reality I would describe the colour as something between a gold and a champagne colour as it is not quite ‘yellow’ enough to be classed as a gold I feel. The glitter flecks are quite fine.
Next I used a dark red matte shade and painted this along the tips of each nail to contrast with the glitter. I feel using glitter and matte together compliment each other well.
After I placed a red rhinestone near the top of each nail to add some extra bling.
This was a nice and easy design to do. The hardest part is making the red tips neat. You can always use a stick on guide, such as a hole punch reinforcer sticker to help make the line neat. I just did mine freehand instead.
This week I decided to try out another of Barry M’s matte nail paints. This time one called ‘Vanilla’. I also tried out one of their other new nail effects called ‘Royal Glitter Texture Effects’. The shade I used for this design is called ‘Lady’.
Although Lady is primarily a white fine glitter and texture shade, it also has pastel orange and green flecks of glitter in it that you can catch a glimpse of when you move your nails about. However, I’ve always had trouble photographing such nail varnishes, and so it looks a lot more beautiful in real life than it does in the photos in this post. You can see a close up of the bottle below to help show what the shade consists of a bit better. Also the level of texture is also perfect in my opinion as it is more of a fine grain texture, which I prefer.
Although the matte shade is called vanilla it is more of a greyish lilac shade. It is quite a pretty nude shade, but then lilacs and purples are my favourite colours. I feel that this design would make a nice bridal nail design for someone who was having a white and lilac wedding dress, or bridesmaids wearing lilac for example.
I firstly painted all of my nails with the matte shade. I layered this up as 1 coat of the matte, then my top coat, and then 2 more layers of the matte in order to try and help get a weeks wear out of it. I then gave it plenty of time to dry. In the picture below you can see where the camera managed to pick up some of the orange and green shades in the glitter.
I next used some striping tape, and placed it diagonally across the tips of each nail. I made sure there was enough overhanging at the sides so that I could pull it off later. Your nails have to be really dry when you do this so as not to pull off all your hard work with the tape later.
Lastly, I painted the tips with ‘Lady’, making sure not to got over the striping tape. I did this one by one, and removing the striping tape as I went so that the nail paint did not have time to dry. This left a nice straight line that looks more professional than doing it freehand. However it is a lot more fiddly and time consuming to do it this way. I am really pleased with how it turned out, and it lasted well considering I couldn’t put a top coat over the top.
Barry M have recently released some matte shades as part of their autumn releases. In the past I haven’t really had much luck with matte polishes. They seem to crack and chip up really easily and can be difficult to apply smoothly.
However because I was eager to get their new flakie and royal glitter nail paints, I decided to give a couple of these a try. In the pics below I used one called ‘Crush’. It is a dark reddish colour. I found it dried darker than in the bottle and in some lights it can almost look slightly brown.
Like I said matte polishes always seem to chip easily for me. I feel the Barry M ones are quite durable, but I will need to test this out properly still. As I wanted this manicure to last a week I came up with an idea to try and make it last longer. What I did was painted on 1 layer of the matte. Then I added 1 coat of the top coat I normally use.
Once this was dry I added to more layers of the matte on top. This seems to have worked as I have been wearing this for 7 days now and apart from some chip wear it’s only really 1 thumb and 1 little finger that has big chips.
In order to make my nails look less plain and boring I used a clear top coat to apply some glossy dots over the matte. Lol I really can’t just paint my nails in 1 shade and leave it like that any more.
I placed these along the one half of the nail only. I started with a large sized dotting tool and then worked my way downwards in size until the gaps were filled in as I liked. I like how it turned out, but I felt from a distance it did look quite plain still. However I can see why this would be good, for example if you can;t have bright and bold nails for work but wanted to make them a bit special than just plain.
I also felt the consistency of these polishes were quite good. They were nice and liquidy which helped them to go on smoothly. Hopefully this remains the same as the bottle gets older. I hate when a matte polish is drying before you have even painted half of your nail lol.