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.

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Rhinestone and Flakie Nails

This design was a simple mix up of different things for each nail.

On the ring fingers I painted 2 coats of an off white polish with small silver flakes in it. Once this was dry I added a row of different sized rhinestones in a curve at the base of the nail.

On the index and little fingers I painted 2 coats of a kind of greige with a hint of lilac to it.

To these nails I added an iridescent glittery top coat in gradient effect, concentrating more of the glitter near the base of the nails. I then went over this in the same way with an iridescent flakie polish. Unfortunately it didn’t pick up too well on the camera.

On the remaining nails I painted 2 coats of a dark purple. Over the top of this I used a shimmery pearl purple effect over coat. Onto the thumb nails only I also added 2 rhinestones.

Red Holo Triangle Nails

For this design I wanted to have triangle tips in a holo polish on each nail. However I feel the holo effect just did not show up as much as I wanted it to and that it just turned out more like silver glitter instead.

I started off by painting all nails in 2 coats of bright shimmery red shade. It’s a nice Christmasy red.

Once this was dry I took a striping brush and the holo polish that I was using to paint in the triangle shapes from the tip ends of the nails.

I felt I needed 3 coats of the holo to cover it over the red base evenly, so using the same striping brush I added 2 more coats. I wonder if I used too many coats to make the holo effect work well.

I then finished off the design by adding a single black petrol coloured rhinestone to the middle of each nail at the point of the triangle.

Grey Floral Nails

This was a nice simple design with a bit of stamping and a few rhinestones thrown in for some extra bling.

I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a brownish grey colour that has fine gold shimmer in it.

After I used a floral pattern from stamping plate BPX-L019 by Born Pretty.

I used this with a white polish and stamped to the base areas of the thumb and ring finger nails only.

I finished off the design with a single rhinestone under the middle of each stamped nail area.

Coral Gold Lustre Half Moon Nails

This design is a simple one with a couple of the nails in a half moon design with a floral dotticure.

I started by painting the index, middle and little fingers in 2 coats of a coral orange shade.

I the other nails I used a curved brush in the same orange shade to paint the half moon designs.

On top of the orange I then used a translucent gold pearly shimmery shade. I am obsessed with this polish. It’s from Born Pretty from their Pearl Lustre polishes.

I then finished off the design by using a dotting tool in black to put a flower in the middle of the half moons and adding a few dots to the line on either side. For the centre of the flowers I used a single rhinestone.

Purple Lustre 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.

Bronze Negative Space 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.

Water Marbled Nails

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.

Stamped Necklace Nails

The title for this post comes from the fact that the stamped design reminds me of some necklaces dangling down on each nail.

I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a coral/ pastel orange shade. This is from Barry M’s Coconut Infusions range.

Once this was dry I went over it with a top coat and then stamped my necklace pattern over the top of it in a black shade.

I placed the design so that the pattern was coming from the base of the nail.

I then placed a small black rhinestone on each nail in the half circle area left at the base of the nail by the design, before finishing off with a top coat.

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.