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.
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.
This design is very purple. It is my favourite colour after all.
I started by painting my thumb and ring fingers in 2 coats of a lilac shade. On the rest of the nails I used 2 coats of a dark purple.
Over the top of the lighter nails I used one coat of a gold shimmery polish from Born Pretty from their ‘Transparent Shell Glimmer Nail Polish’ range. I am really in love with theese polishes at the moment. They are so pretty and seem to be really hard wearing. On the darker nails I used one coat of the same type of Polish but in purple.
To the lighter coloured nails I then added a row of 5 purple rhinestones to the one side at the base of the nail.
I finished the design by adding a row of 4 gold nail beads underneath the rhinestones and then top coating all nails.
I think the bronze colour I used for this design goes really well with the black stamping.
I started by painting a large bronze tip to the ring and thumb finger nails. I used a flat brush to help define the shape and then went over this with a second coat.
On the remaining nails I covered the entire nail with 2 coats of the bronze. This colour is from Barry M’s Molten Metals.
I then stamped in black over all the bronze areas using a design from Born Pretty plate BP-L052. I used liquid tape to prevent any stamping getting on the areas of nail that I had left plain.
I then took a small dotting tool and the same black to dot a row along the line where the bronze and the bare nail met on the thumb and ring fingers. I finished off the design by placing a small silver rhinestone in the middle of each of these lines of dots.
This design is a simple gold dotticure accent nail with a magnetic gold polish used for the remaining nails.
I started by painting the ring fingers in a 2 coats of a brown shade.
On the remaining nails I used 2 coats of a magnetic gold polish. On the second coat I used a magnet with a diagonal stripe pattern to make the design.
To finish off the ring fingers, I used a gold polish and a small dotting tool to add a pattern of dots. I tried to place the dots in curved lines to make a pattern. I then top coated everything.
Unfortunately the top coat dissolved the effect of the magnetic polish a bit. It looked so much better beforehand. I wish I had remembered to take my photos before adding the top coat.
I think this design looks so much nicer with a matte coat over the top. Sometimes I quite like to put matte over the top of glitter.
I started by painting my thumb and ring fingers with 2 coats of a dense fine pink glitter.
On the remaining nails I used 2 coats of a greyish lilac shade.
Using a striping brush I carefully painted triangle shapes to the tips of the greyish nails in the pink glitter. I did think about using tape to make the lines perfect but I was feeling a bit lazy in the end, so I opted to do it freehand.
I firstly used my normal topcoat for durability and then afterwards added a layer of a matte topcoat.
For this design I wanted to use a magnetic nail paint as the background for the design so that it wasn’t just plain.
I started by painting all nails in 1 coat of a dark blue magnetic nail paint.
On the second coat of the same colour I used a magnet with a sort of wavy line pattern to make the magnetic effect.
Once this was dry I took some acrylic paint in white and mixed a light blue colour. I first used a very thin brush to paint 2 light blue flicks on the one corner at the base of each nail. I then used the white to add 3 more flicks next to this.
I still feel I need a lot more practise to make my flicks look any good. I then added a single light blue rhinestone to the corner where the flicks originated from before covering everything in a top coat.
So it’s been a while since I’ve done any water marbled nails, so I decided to give it a go again. However I soon remembered why I hadn’t done it in so long. I always get in such a mess with water marbling. I had nail polish all over my fingers and all over my desk by the end of it and I only did 4 nails lol.
Anyways, I started by getting all my equipment and my cup of room temperature water ready. I decided to use a yellow, teal and dark purple colour for the marble design. As the yellow is the lightest colour, I used this to paint the base coats onto the nails I was applying the water marble to.
Once this was dry, I used tape to cover around my nails to help with the cleanup. I then started dripping each of my colours one at a time into the top of the water quickly. I then used a toothpick to make a pattern and then dipped my finger into the water. I left it for a few seconds for the polish left on the surface to dry, and then used the toothpick to clean away the excess.
I then removed my finger from the water, carefully removed the tape, and then used my top coat over the top. I repeated this in order to marble the ring and thumb nails on each hand. Each nail came out differently, some a lot better than the others.
For the remaining 3 nails, I painted each of them in one of the colours used in the marble effect. Yellow for the little finger, teal on the middle finger and purple on the other. I finished each of these nails off with 2 rhinestones on each before using my top coat.
Sorry for the bad photos. I actually did this design in the winter at night a couple of years ago and so only had artificial light. For this design I wanted there to be a difference in finishes between the 2 colours. Therefore I went for a plain gloss base and a shimmery duochrome over the top.
I started by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a dark blue shade. I made sure I gave this plenty of drying time.
Then, working on 1 nail at a time, I applied a zig zag shaped nail art sticker. While this was on I painted over it in my duochrome overlay.
This is a pretty pink shimmery shade that changes to tones of gold and bronze. I did 2 quick coats of this so that it was opaque but had not had enough time to dry.
I then carefully peeled off the sticker and added a top coat after it had dried for a couple of minutes.
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.