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.

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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.

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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.

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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.