Floral Stamped Sticker Nails

For this design I reverse stamped a floral pattern and coloured it in to make some nail vinyls. I really love the peachy pastel orange shade that I used for this design with the iridescent glitter topper over it. The orange is from Barry M’s Coconut Infusion range.

I started by painting 4 rectangles of topcoat onto a silicone mat. I then stamped the flower pattern onto the top of this. Using a thin brush I then filled in the petals with a dark purple and peachy pastel orange shades. Once this was dry I went over it again with the top coat again.

On my middle and ring finger nails I painted 2 coats of a very light lilac shade. I peeled the nail vinyls from the silicone mat and stuck them down onto these nails with a clear top coat.

I used a cuticle stick, nail scissors and acetone on a flat brush to remove and clean up any of the excess that was overhanging the nail.

On the other remaining nails I painted them with 2 coats of the orange shade. Once this was dry I painted over it with a coat of a iridescent glitter topper.

On top of these nails I placed a single purple nail stud. I then went over the top of everything with a top coat.

Diamond Rain Nails

So originally for these nails I wanted to arrange the diamond shaped glitter flecks in neat rows. However I found it really hard getting them to line up straight and land in the right place.

So I had to change my design and go for a glitter gradient effect instead. I might have to come back to my original design again in the future.

I started by painting all nails in 1 coat of a black nail paint. I then went over this with 2 coats of a dark teal/purple duochrome by Leighton Denny.

Then onto the thumb and ring finger nails I applied the diamond flecks using a clear nail polish as glue.

The flecks got everywhere but I managed to achieve the gradient I was after. I then sealed everything together with a top coat.

I think the diamond glitter flecks look super pretty and love how they sparkle in the light.

Beaded Half Moon Nails

For this design I wanted it to be quite subtle but a little bit bold at the same time.

I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a very light pink shade.

This one is from Barry M’s frosted cupcakes collection, which has subtle flecks of silver glitter in it as well to add depth.

Once this was dry I used a thin brush and a red glittery nail polish to paint half moons on both the ring and thumb nails.

Finally I placed a line of gold coloured nail beads to cover the edge line of the half moons to neaten everything up.

Simple Dotty Outline Nails

This was a nice simple quite plain design that you could wear for any occasion.

I started by painting all nails in ‘Marshmallow’ from Barry M’s ‘Frosted Cupcakes’ collection. I had to use 3 coats to get the coverage I wanted. This is an off white shade with tiny flecks of silver flakes. They don’t show up too well but it does add more texture to the look of things.

I then added my dots in a bronze shade. I started by placing a larger dot in the centre of the base of each nail.

Then on either side of this dot, I added two more dots (making 4 in total) in a slightly smaller sized dotting tool. On the thumbs I added 3 dots on either side.

I then finished off the design by adding 2 more dots in the same colour on either side, underneath the previous ones in an even more slightly smaller sized dotting tool.

Geometric Red Nails

I’m really pleased with how this one turned out. I think the combination of the red and gold go well together, and the glitter in the red base adds a little something extra to the overall look.

I also really like the geometric triangular designs from this stamping plate. It is #77 of the round plates by Born Pretty.

I started by painting all nails in 1 coat of a deep red. I then went over it in 2 coats of a glittery red shade. As the red in this shade was quite translucent, I used the deep red shade underneath to help with the coverage.

I then used my stamping plate and a metallic gold shade to stamp the designs onto each nail.

I used a different design from the same plate on each nail on one hand, and then repeated this on the other hand so that they matched.

Petrol Pebble Nails

For this design I wanted to test out some random sized petrol coloured nail art gems.

I started by painting all nails in 1 coat of black, but on the ring fingers I used 2 coats.

On the thumbs I used 1 coat of a multi glitter nail paint in a black base from Barry M’s glitterati range.

On the other nails except the ring fingers I used 2 coats of a duo chrome polish by Leighton Denny. This has tones of teal and purple.

I finished off the design on the ring fingers by randomly placing my nail art gems over the whole nail leaving gaps in between. They remind me of little petrol coloured pebbles.

Metallic Turquoise Nails

For this design I attempted to recreate the look of turquoise gemstone. From looking at pictures online I seen that the stone has black lines going through it with bits of gold here and there.

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I started with my base colour. Rather than a flat turquoise shade, I wanted my base colour to be more metallic looking. The colour I chose is called ‘Teal’ by Barry M. I had to paint 3 coats of this to get the cover that I wanted.

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I then took a thin brush and a black acrylic paint. I used this to paint in the black lines.

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It ended up a little bit different to how turquoise really looks, as the lines should have been more circular rather than looking like cracks. However I still liked how the pattern turned out in the end.

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I then took a gold polish that was made up of very densely packed gold shimmer. Using the same sized brush I then went over and painted in little bits of gold here and there on and around the black lines before finishing off with a top coat.

Flicks and Dots Floral Nails

I wanted to practice a floral design with flicks in it because I really struggle with paining flicks in designs. They always come out so messy lol.

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I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a bright blue shade. On top of this I used white acrylic paint and a thin paint brush to paint in some flicks on each nail.

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I then took a small dotting tool and a pink shimmery shade to place clusters of dots near where the flicks started from on some nails to make the petals of flowers.

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I then repeated the same with a gold colour. Afterwards I used the opposite colour of the petals to fill in the centers of each flower.

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To complete the design, I used a smaller dotting tool to place rows of shimmery blue dots on each nail to add more detail.

Colourful Lines Nails

This week’s design is a simple design with colourful stripes on top of a nude background. I painted the stripes freehand with a striping brush, as you can probably tell, as my lines aren’t exactly the neatest lol. I always both admire and envy nail art videos where the nail artist has such perfect brush control and can paint such perfect neat straight lines.

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I started by painting all nails in a light cream/nude shade. I used 2 coats to get an even base colour. All colours that I used are from Barry M’s Coconut Infusion range.

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I then took a striping brush and my first chosen shade for the stripes. I went with a sort of mint green colour. I painted the stripes so that they were at a different angle on each nail, but so that each hand matched.

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I then took a light blue shade and the same size striping brush and placed a stripe directly to the side of the previous line.

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I then repeated the same with my final colour which was a pink shade. I placed these stripes on the opposite side of the green line. However I think it would have been better to have the pink line in the middle as the green gets a bit camouflaged in with the blue.

Ocean Marble Nails

For this design, I experimented with a dry marble technique using a nail stamper and silicone mat.

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I started by painting my thumb and ring finger in a light cream shade. I then used liquid tape around these nails to help with cleanup later.

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On the rest of the nails I used 2 coats of a metallic blue shade. On the blue nails, I used a few black petrol effect rhinestones to add a bit of decoration to those nails.

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On the remaining nails I added the dry marble effect. To do this I painted a square in the cream shade large enough to cover the nails onto a silicone mat. On top of this I blobbed a few drops of the blue shade randomly. I also did the same with a lighter blue polish.

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I then dabbed my nail stamper on top of this a couple of times to blur the colours together and then stamped it onto my nail. If I felt the effect was lacking in certain areas I picked up more polish from the mat quickly before it dried too much and stamped it again. I then removed the liquid tape and cleaned up around my nails.