Rose Embellished Accent Nails

This design is pretty simple except for the ring finger nails.

I think it works well though for short to medium sized nails.

I started by painting my ring finger nails in 2 coats of a dark purple shade that has a slight shimmer to it.

On all remaining nails I used 2 coats of a rose gold metallic polish.

I then finished the design by adding some light purple rhinestones and rose gold nail beads to the side of the ring finger nails.


Brush Stroke Marble Nails

For this design I wanted to try out a marble effect using a thin brush on uncured gel polish. However I think I got a bit carried away with the amount of lines I had put. I think it would have been better to put a couple of lines per nail and focused on blending them out more. Next time I try this I will have some reference images of marble to hand to help me.

I started by painting all nails with a base coat, curing it, and then curing a coat of white gel polish on top.

On all fingers except the ring and middle fingers I cured a second coat of white. I then brushed on a nail powder over the top of these nails. The powder makes the white look pink and has a teal pearly shimmer effect to it in the light. However the pink was a lot lighter than I was hoping it would be and so there is not much of a contrast between these and the marble nails. Next time I think I would just use a light pink colour underneath to help it a bit.

On the remaining ring and middle fingers I painted another coat of white but I did not cure it. I then took a very thin brush and used a black gel to paint in my marble effect. I painted thin wobbly lines and then went over it with the brush a few times to blend it out more into the white to make it look more marbled. I then cured it.

To finish off the design I used the same thin brush and a metallic pink shade and added little flicks in random places near the lines to add a bit more detail to the marble effect before finishing off with a top coat.

Teal Triangles

For this design I did some stamping and made some nail stickers from a geometric triangular plate no.BP-L054 from Born Pretty. It was night time by the time I had finished these so unfortunately I had to take the pictures under artificial light.

I started by painting the thumbs and ring fingers in 2 coats of a light cream/nude shade. On the remaining nails I used 2 coats of a metallic teal/tourquise colour.

On the teal nails I used a gold nail polish with the stamping plate to stamp a different pattern from the plate onto each of those nails.

For the cream nails I used a silicone mat to make some nail stickers from patterns on the plate using a black polish.

I used the same teal and gold shades from the other nails to fill in the spaces in the patterns before transferring them over to the nails. Things did get a little messy in places but the top coat helped a little to even things out and hide this.

Magnetic Gold Accent Nails

For this design I paired a gold magnetic polish with some gold nail stickers.

I started by painting all nails in 1 coat of the magnetic polish, but did not use the magnet.

I then painted the ring fingers in 2 coats of a black polish.

I then went over the gold nails in another coat of the magnetic polish and used the magnet with it to get the design. I used a diagonal stripe pattern magnet as I really like how the effect turns out with this one.

On the black nails I then placed a stripe of the gold patterned nail stickers vertically before finishing everything off with a top coat.

Rhinestone Embellished Accent Nails

This was a nice simple and pretty design that focuses on the accent nail.

I started by painting the thumb and ring fingers in 2 coats of a light pink polish with small silver flecks in it.

On the remaining fingers I used 3 coats of a purple / bronze duochrome polish.

On the ring fingers I then placed 1 single large rhinestone in the middle of the nail around 2/3 of the way up from the tip.

Around this rhinestone I then placed the smallest rhinestones I had in a circle.

Teal Sparkle Nails

Please excuse the messiness of this design. It was my first ever time trying out gel polish and a UV lamp. I think I painted my layers a bit thick so they came out uneven in places. I found that the brushes held a lot more product than I expected when compared to normal nail polish. I guess it’s because the consistency felt a bit different.

However I found that the smaller flecks of glitter covered the nails before the larger ones had chance to. I then used a gel top coat over the glitter and cured it before repeating this on the other thumb.

For the ring fingers, I repeated the same process and used the same loose glitter. However I dipped each nail in the glitter pot instead and used a fan brush to brush away the excess.

By this point I had got loose glitter everywhere and some of it got stuck to the other nails that I had only put the base coat onto. In hindsight I should have done the glitter nails last.

I then painted and cured all the remaining nails in a black gel. On top of this I used a no-wipe top coat and cured it. I then applied a metallic teal nail powder with an eyeshadow applicator before using another layer of topcoat to finish the design.


Fan Dry Brush Nails

This design is another quick and simple one to pull off.

I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a deep red shade.

I then used a fan brush and a rose gold polish by Models Own called chrome rose to paint a feathery kind of pattern coming from the top corner of each nail in a diagonal direction.

The problem with this polish is that you have to mix it really well before you use it. I used this to my advantage by not mixing it very well. This meant that there was a slight colour variation in the brush strokes which added more depth to the design.

I finished the design off by placing a single black rhinestone in the top corner of each nail where the brush strokes originated from.


Matte Bronze Nails

I really like how the colours of the rhinestones and the bronze works together with the brown in this design. I don’t normally think of brown when thinking of what colours I want to use, but I wanted something that worked well with the colour of the rhinestones. Also I don’t use a matte top coat very often and I think it can look nice over metallic/glittery polishes, so I thought why not use it this time.

I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a light brown shade. However on the ring fingers I used a curved brush to paint a half moon of negative space at the base of the nail.

On the thumb, index and little finger nails I then painted 1 coat of a bronze fine glittery shade. This is from the molten metal series from Barry M called ‘Bronze Bae’.

On top of these nails I used 1 layer of my normal topcoat and then 1 coat of a matte top coat.

On the ring fingers, I added some rhinestones along the line separating the brown and the negative space in varying sizes.

Blue Diamond Nails

For this design I wanted to place diamond shaped duochrome glitter flakes in sort of random broken up rows.

I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a metallic bright blue colour.

Once this was dry I took the smallest sized dotting tool I had to help me pick up the diamond glitter flakes. I found that using anything bigger than this made it impossible to place them precisely.

I used a clear top coat and painted one nail at a time. Before the top coat dried fully I placed the diamonds onto the nail in the pattern I wanted.

I tried to arrange them in rows going along the length of the nail. But I did not make full rows, as I wanted there to be gaps in the design. I tried to make it so that every nail was completely different to the rest.

I then held everything together with another coat of top coat. I found that the diamond flakes showed up a lot better in indirect light so it was hard to photograph them well. I also did a small video so you can see the design a bit better.

Blue Freehand Chevron Nails

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.