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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
For this design I did something different across most of my nails, but I tried to stick to a purple theme in general.
I started by painting my thumbs in 2 coats of a lilac shade and my index fingers in 3 coats of an off white with small flakes of silver glitter. On the middle and ring fingers I used 2 coats of a dark purple, and on the little fingers I used 3 coats of a duochrome purple – bronze.
All colours were from various collections by Barry M. On the little and index fingers, I left them plain and finished off with a top coat.
On the thumbs I placed a single medium sized silver rhinestone in the middle of the base of the nail. Then around this I placed a half circle of smaller purple rhinestones.
On the remaining nails, I used some nail foil in 2 different shades of pink and one in silver. I used some normal topcoat and removed as much excess from the brush as I could before randomly placing strokes on the nail. I then stuck the foil to this. I alternated between the colours to build up the random foil effect until I was happy with it.
I really like how the ring finger turned out on this design and it was relatively simple to achieve.
I started by painting all nails except the ring finger nails in 2 coats of a bright blue with a bit of shimmer in it. On the ring fingers I used 1 coat of a translucent nude shade to improve the overall look of the nail.
I then used a white stamping polish and a floral lace pattern from born pretty plate #bpl30. I stamped this over the entire of all the nails except the ring fingers. I cleaned this up and topped with a top coat.
On the ring fingers, I took some DIY masking tape and drew around the round edge of the bottom of my stamper. I then cut this out to make a curved edge. I used this to mask off a curved line on the nail. I then painted in the bottom of the nail in the same blue shade before removing the tape.
Then to finish off the design, I covered the curved line where the blue ends with rhinestones. I started with a slightly larger sized rhinestone nearer the base of the nail and gradually reduced the size as I followed the line.
For this design I wanted to use lots of rhinestones. I started by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a baby blue shade.
Next I took a makeup sponge and a blue fine shimmery glitter. I used the sponge to apply this to the tips of the nails in a thin sort of gradient effect.
Next I used a clear polish as a glue to stick down my rhinestones. On the index and small finger nails, I applied 1 single tiny rhinestone in the middle of the top of the nail.
On the thumb, middle and ring fingers, I placed a half circle line of rhinestones at the tops of each nail. This line went from a larger sized rhinestone in the center to smaller sized rhinestones at either side. I used a total of 7 rhinestones on each nail.
On the thumbs I lined up the largest rhinestone with the centre of the nail, but on the others I lined up the centre rhinestone with the top corners of the nail. This gave the effect that the half circles were facing each other on the middle and ring fingers.
For this design I wanted something a bit busy that had something different going on for each nail.
On the index and little finger, I painted 2 coats of a bright pink base. On the remaining nails I painted 2 coats of a nude shade.
On the little finger, I sponged on a glittery pink to the tips make a gradient. On the middle finger, I sponged on the bright pink shade to the tips to also create a gradient.
On the ring finger, I painted a stripe of the glittery pink in a line down the centre of the nail. I then outlined this stripe with thin pink striping tape. On the thumb, I places a single stripe of the same striping tape going down the length of the nail.
On the thumb, I then placed 5 rhinestones in the middle of the nail on top of the stripe. I put a larger one in the middle, a medium sized one on either size, and then a smaller one on either size of this. On the index fingers, I placed a large rhinestone in the top middle of each nail and then a smaller one directly underneath that.