Purple and Rose Zig Zag Nails

This was a simple zig zag design using a total of 3 different colours and some zig zag nail vinyls. I started by painting the thumb, middle and ring fingers in 2 coats of an off white shade that’s got small flecks of silver glitter in it.

On the other 2 nails I used 2 coats of a dark purple shade. Once these were completely dry I used the zig zag nail vinyls to mark off where I wanted to add the next colours.

On the middle fingers I used 1 vinyl to add the dark purple to the bottom half of the nails. On the index and little fingers I did the same but used a metallic rose shade instead.

On the remaining fingers I used 2 nail vinyls on each of the nails so that I could use all 3 colours. I started with the purple and then once this was completely dry I added the 2nd nail vinyl to add the rose colour.

I must admit that I was a bit impatient with the drying times and did end up having the vinyls pull off the nail colour underneath in a few places. I also found that the consistency of the chrome polish didn’t really work well with the vinyls and so the pattern was not as clear as it could have been.

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Pink Gems and Beads Nails

I was really short on time when I did this design and I hadn’t planned on having to cut all my nails down so I had to make it quick and simple.

I accidentally sliced my right hand ring finger nail while drying up one of the cutting blades in my vegetable mandolin so low down it was right where the skin joins to the nail. How I didn’t slice my finger I have no idea. So they all had to get cut down short. The nail I sliced was so hard to cut off and file without cutting the tip of my finger.

After I painted all the nails except the thumb finger nails in 2 coats of a metallic shimmery pink and bronze duochrome shade.

On the thumbs I painted 2 coats of a light cream shade.

I then finished off the design by randomly placing light pink and dark pink rhinestones as well as gold nail beads to each of the thumb nails.

Red Magnet Nails

For this design I wanted to use one of the magnetic nail paints that I have lying around that I never seem to use much.

I started by painting the middle and ring finger nails in 2 coats of a magnetic red nail paint. On the second coat I used a magnet with horizontal lines to make the magnetic pattern.

I wanted different nails to have a different look. So on the thumb nails I used 2 coats of a red glitter in a red base.

On the remaining fingers I used 2 coats of an off white shade that had flecks of silver glitter in it.

On the index fingers I then added a row of red rhinestones and silver nail beads along the base of the nail.

Matte Weathered Copper Nails

For this design I was going for a sort of weathered copper effect, but I also wanted the finish to be matte.

I started by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a metallic teal/turquoise shade.

Once this was dry I used a bronze coloured polish and a flat brush. I brushed off any excess onto some tin foil and then used the brush to dry brush an effect over the top of each nail.

I repeated this again to try and build up the effect a bit more so that there was more prominent areas of the bronze showing through.

I then finished off the design with 2 coats of a matte top coat.

Chameleon Red Stamped Nails

These nails were more of an experiment than anything. I have some colour changing nail paints (from Barry M’s Chameleon range) that I barley ever use. This is simply because I like to always use topcoat over everything to make my nails last a lot longer. However the shades themselves are some quite decent metallic colours. Therefore for these nails I decided to use one of these as the base.

I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of one of these polishes, and then adding a layer of topcoat once it had dried. This changed the shade from a metallic blue to a metallic red. The only problem was that in some places around the edges there was still some small areas of blue left.

Over the top of this base I wanted to do a simple stamped design using a new stamping plate; ‘Born Pretty BP – L052’ which one of my brothers got me for Xmas.  I picked one of the designs from this plate and then used liquid tape around each nail.

Once that was dry, I used a white stamping polish and a clear stamper to stamp and place my design over each nail. I then carefully removed the liquid tape from around each nail and cleaned up any mess around the edges.

To finish off the design I applied another layer of top coat over everything. To my surprise, whatever was in my base colour that makes it change colour, managed to come through the previous layer of top coat and reacted with the white stamped polish and second layer of top coat as I applied it. This resulted in the white stamping polish also changing to red. The result is what you can see in the pictures. Although it doesn’t look too great it was still quite fun to see things changing colours.

Foil Splash Nails

For this design I tried out some nail foil for the first time. I did actually purchase this a while back but always put off trying it out because I wasn’t sure how easy it would be to use. However it was actually pretty easy to do and I wish I had of tried it out sooner.

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I started by painting all my nails in 2 coats of my base colour. I went for a dark blue. Once this was touch dry I used a quick dry top coat over the top.

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Next I selected the foils I wanted to use. I went for a light blue, silver and light pink to go with my base colour. Doing one nail at a time, I took a normal clear polish and removed most of the polish from the brush. Then I randomly dabbed it on parts of the nail. I let this dry for a few seconds and then placed the sheet of foil over the top, pressing it on gently and then removing it. This left random bits of foil in random places on the nail.

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I repeated this on each nail, starting with the blue foil. After I did the same over each nail again but with the silver. After I repeated with the pink foil. Then on some nails, I felt that they needed a little more of the blue in places and so I went back over with the blue as needed.

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Once I was happy with how my design looked, I went over my nails in a dry fast top coat. Unfortunately, this seemed to react a bit with the foils and it flattened out a lot of the ‘depth’ that they gave to the design. Therefore it did actually look a lot better than it does in the pictures. I’ve since looked online and it seems this is a common issue with foils. I think next time I will try a normal top coat first and then try my quick dry top coat over the top to see if it makes any difference.

Chrome Colour Block Nails

This week’s design is a simple colour block mani, using colours that have chrome/metallic/duochrome finishes to them.

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I started by painting the thumb and ring fingers in a shimmery gold base in which to put my colour blocking over the top of. The colour I used was ‘Christmas Gold’ by Barry M. I made sure that this was dried fully.

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On top of these, I then used 5 pieces of striping tape to tap off 6 triangular sections. To do this place one strip of tape across the middle of the nail. Then on both halves use 2 more pieces of tape in each going diagonally outwards from where the first piece of tape started.

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To fill in the blocks of colour, I used 3 different shades. All by Barry M, I used a purple duochrome called ‘Persian’, a blue called ‘Pacific’, and a pink called ‘Mediterranean’. I used a small nail art brush in order to apply these neatly onto the sections I had taped off. Then before it had time to dry fully, I carefully removed the tape from each nail.

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To finish off the remaining nails, I used each of the 3 colours on one nail on each hand; the blue on the index finger, the pink on the middle finger and the purple on the little finger. To complete the design, I used a small rhinestone on each nail. On the colour blocked nails, I placed this at the point where the tips of the triangles meet.

Dual Colour Stamped Nails

For this design I experimented with using 2 different colours on the stamping plate. The plate I used was called ‘Tian Xin 19’.

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I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a dark purple shade. I used a dry fast top coat over the top of this to make stamping easier and everything dry better.

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To do the stamping, instead of placing a line of polish along the side of the design and then scraping it across, I placed one line of polish over the top half of the design and one on the bottom.

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Then, instead of scraping the scraper sideways across following the direction of the lines of polish, I instead scraped from top to bottom. This means one of the colours is scraped over the top of the other. Don’t worry this will not mess things up, it just helps the colours to merge a little.

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The colours I used were a metallic lilac and metallic pink shade. Working on one nail at a time I used these colours to add the stamping pattern to each nail. I then cleaned up around my nails before finishing with a top coat.

Chrome Blue Floral Stamped Nails

This week’s design is a simple stamped design over a chrome metallic blue background.

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I started off by painting all nails in 2 coats of the chrome blue shade.

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I made sure that this was fully dry. I then used a small floral design on a Konad stamping plate I got as part of their French Manicure stamping set.

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I found that due to the triangular shape of this design, that the best place to place this design on the nail was near the base so that the one point of the triangle was pointing down the middle towards the tip of the nail. However I made sure to leave a little gap near the base of the nail before the stamped design starts. I used a plain black colour to stamp the design.

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I then finished off the design by placing a small ‘petrol black’ coloured rhinestone at the middle of the very base of each nail in the gap that I had left.

Pastel Pink Tip Nails

I think this design would have come out better if my nails had of been longer at the time, as it would have been easier to paint in the tips.

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I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a black/silver magnetic nail paint.

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On the second coat of this I used a diagonal line magnet in order to create the pattern.

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Once this was dry I used my top coat. This is because the nail polish being used on the tips has a slightly matte finish to it which I wanted to keep.

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I then took a pastel pink matte shade and painted across the tips of each nail.