Magnetic Transfer Nails

For this design I wanted to use a magnetic polish and then create some accent nails with nail transfers.

I started by painting all nails with 2 coats of a purple magnetic polish. On the second coat I used the magnet to create the magnetic effect. This was a purple metallic polish from Nails Inc.

I find the quick dry top coat I normally use can drag the magnetic effect. So this time I tried painting a standard top coat on one nail at a time and using the magnet again over the top of this.

On the thumb and ring finger nails I painted a layer of nail adhesive. While this was turning clear and tacky I used my normal quick dry top coat over the other nails.

When the adhesive was ready I applied the nail transfer by pressing it down over the nails. This was on a roll of plastic a bit like how you can get nail foils. However this had a white floral pattern with leaves and branches in it. My application wasn’t the neatest, but I finished off the nails with a layer of top coat.

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Bronze Triangle Nails

My nails are quite short at the moment so I wanted something simple but pretty that would suit short nails.

I started by painting my thumb and index fingers in 2 coats of a pastel sea green colour.

On the ring and little fingers I used 2 coats of a light greyish purple shade.

On the middle fingers I used 2 coats of a glittery bronze shade.

To complete the design, I then took a small brush and the same bronze polish and painted triangles on the tips of the index and ring fingers.

Blue Sparkle Stripe Nails

I think the result of this design is quite pretty.

I started by painting my middle and ring fingers with an off white shade with small silver flecks of glitter in it.

On the remaining nails I used a light blue shade.

On the thumbs I then used a very dense light blue glitter. This also has some flecks of gold glitter in it.

To finish off the design I used a very thin light blue glittery striping tape. I placed 1 stripe of this on each of the middle and ring fingers going vertically to the one side of the nail.

Glitterati Stripes Nails

For this design I wanted to try out some glittery striping tape that I recently purchased from Born Pretty.

I started by painting all nails in a black polish. I used 2 coats on the thumbs, middle and ring fingers, and 1 coat on the rest.

On the little and index fingers I used 2 coats of a polish that has a translucent black base and a dense multi glitter in it. This is called Rockstar from Barry M’s glitterati collection.

On the thumbs I painted the bottom half of the nails in the same multi glitter polish. On the middle fingers I painted about 3/4 of the way up with the glitter and on the ring fingers I just painted the tips.

I then took a thin silver glittery striping tape and placed this along the line where the black base and glittery polish met. On the ring fingers I also placed 2 extra stripes of the same tape nearer to the base of the nail.

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.