Pink Floral Half Moon Nails

For this design I started by using a pink to bronze duochrome polish in order to paint a half moon design on all of my nails.

To achieve this I used a half smile line shaped brush to make things easier. I used 2 coats of the duochrome polish.

Once this was dry, I took a black polish and a very thin brush. I used this to paint a line over the edge of the duocrhome where it makes the half moon shape. I tried to do this as neatly as I possibly could.

Afterwards, I felt that the design was too plain. I decided to try and freehand some flowers in the bottom corners of the thumbs and ring fingers using the same thin brush and black polish.

However I feel this was a mistake as they turned out nothing like how I imagined it to look. I feel it is quite messy looking on my right hand especially. I think it would have been better to have done dotting tool flowers instead.

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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.

Pink Gold Leaf Nails

This was a nice simple design, that looks like it was more effort than it was.

I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a bright pink shade from Barry M’s Coconut Infusions range.

I left this so that it had plenty of time to dry as I didn’t want the base layer to get pulled when adding the foil. I then took a clear top coat. I removed all excess from the brush and then randomly stroked it across the nail, making sure that I left gaps.

I then took a gold coloured nail foil and pressed this on top of the nail and then removed it. This left random patches of gold within the pink.

I repeated this across all nails before finishing everything off with a layer of topcoat.

Pink Marble Nails

For this weeks design I have done a pretty pink dry marble/smooshy nails design.

I started by painting my middle and ring finger nails in a white polish.

Then onto a silicone mat I blobbed some of the white polish, a grey, a lilac and a pink polish. The lilac and pink are from Barry M’s Coconut Infusions range. I then used a thin dotting tool to mix the blobs together a little.

I used some liquid tape around my nails to help with cleanup. Then, using a nail art stamper, I picked up some of the mixed nail polish from the mat and stamped it over the entire nails with the white base. I removed the liquid tape and cleaned up around the nails. Unfortunately I couldn’t really see the lilac polish in the final design.

On the remaining nails I used a light pink with silver glitter flakes from Barry M’s Coconut infusions range. I used 3 coats of this in total. I then topped everything off with a top coat.

Pink Stamp and Studs Nails

I really like how the colours go together for this design. Especially the black stamped over the pink.

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I started by painting all nails except my middle and little fingers in a cream shade. On the others I painted them in a pink shade. Both these colours are from Barry M’s Coconut infusion range. I really love the pink shade.

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To the index and little finger I attached a single rectangular gold stud and finished them off with a top coat. To the middle fingers I used a florally type pattern from a stamping plate labelled ‘Tian Xin 19’. I stamped the pattern over the entire middle nails using a black stamping polish from Konad.

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To the remaining nails, I used masking tape to tape off one half of the nail. I used the pink shade over this and peeled the tape away to make the nail half of each colour. Once this was dry I used the masking tape in the same position again. I then used the same stamping design and black polish to apply the design over the pink half of the nail.

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I then removed the tape and cleared up around the stamped nails. Then to cover the line down the middle of the thumbs and ring finger nails, I applied a row of the same gold studs. I then finished everything off with a top coat.

Baby Pastel Striped Nails

For this one I went for baby blue and baby pink pastel colours to put together my design. All colours used are from Barry M’s Silk Effects.

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I started off by painting all nails except the ring and thumb finger nails in 2 coats of a pastel blue shade.

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On the remaining nails, I taped off a small section near the base of the nail. On the thumbs I filled this in with pink, and on the ring fingers I filled it in with the blue before removing the tape. I left the next section of these nails blank so that my natural nail showed through.

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I then taped off another area 3/4 down each of the nails and filled this in with a white nail polish. I then filled in the tips of each of these nails with the opposite colour to what I used at the base of the nail. So for the thumbs I used blue on the tips, and on the ring fingers I used pink.

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To complete the design, I added a few strips of gold striping tape on each of the thumb and ring finger nails. On the thumbs I used it along the edges of the white section of the nail. On the ring fingers I used it on the edge of the blue and then through the middle of the pink.

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.

Pink Lace Nails

This week’s design is a simple nail stamping design using a darker pink lace pattern over a lighter pink base.

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I used Konad’s plate M57 for this simple lace design. It came as part of their French Nail Art set.

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I started by painting all nails in 1 coat of a shimmery light pink shade. I then went over this in 1 coat of a sort of off white semi-transparent white shade that has very fine blue shimmer in it that you can see when the light hits it at certain angles. I used this because I wanted to lighten off and make the base colour a bit cooler, as well as to add more depth to the design.

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This was because I was using a darker pink colour for the stamping and I wanted to make sure it stood out. This shade was one that came with my stamping set.

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I used a lace type pattern on the stamping plate and used the stamper to carefully place it along the tips of the nails. I did mess up with the placement on some of the nails, as I wanted it to be as close to the tips as possible. I think using a clear stamper over the one that came with my stamping set would have been the better option with avoiding this problem.

Flakie Jewel Nails

For this design I started off with 2 coats of a dark green to purple duochrome shade. I wanted the base colour to have a little depth and colour to it even though I planned to use a flakie top coat over the top. I put this onto all nails.

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Next I added my flakie top coat over all nails as well. I ended up using 3 coats of this in the end to get the required density. I let this dry and then added my top coat to all nails.

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Afterwards I used 2 coats of a lilac shade. I painted a line down the middle of the nail from the base to the tip of both the thumb and ring finger nails.

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I then used a darker purple striping tape and used this to cover either side of the edges of the lilac sections I had just painted.

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I finished the design off by placing a large rhinestone in the center, and 2 smaller rhinestones on either side of this onto the nails where I had added the lilac stripe.

Pretty Pink Gleaming Nails

For this design, I started off by painting all nails in 2 coats of a neon pink shade to make my base.

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Next I went over everything with 2 coats of Barry M’s ‘Starlet’ from their Glitterati collection.

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I really love the brightness of the pink along with the sparkle of the glitter in this shade.

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Next I took a metallic gold shade and a thin nail art brush. Starting at the tip of the nail and working towards around the middle of the nail, I painted thin lines along the width of the nail, making sure to leave a bit of a gap in between each line. I repeated this for each nail.

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I then repeated the same to fill in the gaps between the lines I had just painted. However this time I made the lines a little shorter. It did not matter whether the lines looked ‘perfect’ as it is all part of the effect.