Pink Circular Gradient Nails

This was a nice simple design that works good for short nails.

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

I then used a darker bright pink shade and a round sponge to sponge a gradient effect into the centre of each nail.

On the middle and ring fingers I finished off the design with some embellishments.

I used 3 pink flower shaped nail gems on each of those nails with a couple of nail beads in between.

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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.

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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Double Stamped Nails

For this design I tested out a duochrome green stamping polish that I purchased from the Born Pretty website a while back. I really love the colours in it. It is like a dark green base with a lighter green and almost gold shimmer. I decided to go for a double stamped effect by stamping the same pattern first in a plain white and then the duochrome green over the top of it.

I started by painting my middle and ring fingers in a dark green shade from Barry M’s Gelly Hi-Shine range. On the rest of the nails I used the shade ‘Tiki Hut’ from Barry M’s Coconut Infusion range.

On the index finger, I placed one single small rhinestone on the top middle of the nail. On the ring fingers I placed a medium sized rhinestone on the top middle of the nail, and then 2 small ones on either side of it.

On the little fingers, I stamped the pattern I was using (from Born Pretty plate BPL-028) in the green over just the bottom half of the nail. I then painted a white line across the middle of the nail where the stamped pattern ended.

On the remaining thumb and middle nails is where I did the double stamping. First I stamped the same pattern from plate BPL-028 in a white stamping polish. Then I did the same with the duochrome green. However I made sure that I placed them slightly differently each time so that you could see the pattern in both the white and the green on the nail.

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.

Magnetic Flicks Nails

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.

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.

Red Magnet Nails

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.

Rose French Twist Nails

These are a twist on a French manicure, that I think came out really pretty. The photos do not do it justice though as I feel the colours look so much better in reality.

To start I just painted all my nails with 2 coats of a clear nail strengthener/base coat.

I then took a colour by Barry M called ‘Dusky Mauve’. The best way to describe this colour is a dark brownish purple. It does have purple shimmer in it but it is hard to see when on the nail. I used a wide flat brush to help paint this onto the tips of the ring fingers as neatly as I could. I then repeated a second coat.

On the remaining nails I used the same flat brush with a chrome rose gold shade in order to paint the tips onto those nails.

I then finished off the design by placing a row of rhinestones at the base of each ring finger nail and then covering everything with a top coat.

Sea Pearls Nails

For this design I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a pastel sea green colour.

Once this was dry I placed a single small silver rhinestone in the middle of the base of each nail except the ring fingers.

On the ring fingers I took some small pearl effect nail art gems. I randomly stuck a few of these near the base of both ring fingers.

I then filled in the gaps with some of the silver rhinestones. I tried to shape the design almost like a half moon of nail gems at the base of the nail.

I then sealed my design together with a top coat.