Blue Tips Nails

For these nails I was going for an almost negative space design by using a pearly shimmery gold topper polish over the negative areas.

I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of the shimmery gold topper polish so that the nail could be seen through it.

Then I took a dark blue polish and painted 2 coats of this on the tip half of each nail.

To cover the line where the blue polish ends I used a stripe of gold glittery striping tape across the middle of each nail.

I find the tape sticks down better if you use some nail adhesive with it. I then covered everything with a layer of a standard top coat because I find it holds things down better before finishing with a layer of quick dry top coat.


Subtle Gold and Grey Nails

This design is pretty subtle in the way that the gold does not stand out much against the base colour, but I think the colour combo look pretty together.

I started by painting all nails in a greyish shade that has a mix of gold and bronze shades of very fine shimmer.

On the middle and ring fingers I stamped in gold at the base of the nails.

I then used a dense fine gold glitter polish and a makeup sponge to sponge a bit of a gradient onto the tips of each of the nails.

At first I was going to put a matte top coat over the top of everything, but in the end I decided to leave it glossy. I felt the matte might have made it too hard to see the stamping.

Midnight Rain Nails

For this week’s design, I started off by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a dark blue shade.

Next I used a top coat with very fine pinkish shimmer in it. Unfortunately it didn’t really photograph very well, but it does look pretty when the light hits it right.

Afterwards I took a glittery light blue shade and a dotting tool. I used this to place dots in a gradient type effect.

I did this by concentrating a larger amount of the dots near the base of the nail. I always made the sizes of the dots smaller as they got further from the base of the nail.

Overlapped Triangle Nails

For this design I wanted to try out making my own nail ‘stickers’ in triangle shapes using a silicone mat.

I started by painting 3 rectangles in my 3 chosen colours onto a silicone mat. I used 2 coats for each and used an orange, shimmery blue and glittery purple shade. I left this to dry really well.

Once they were dry I carefully peeled them from the mat and cut each rectangle into 4 triangles to make my triangle stickers.

On my nails I used 2 coats of the orange shade on my thumbs, the blue on the index fingers, and the purple on the little fingers. On the remaining fingers I used a cream shade to make the background for my stickers.

Using clear polish as a glue, I stuck the triangles down onto the cream coloured nails. I wanted the to overlap in the middle. I cut/removed any excess sticker from eat nail and then finished off with a top coat. Unfortunately it did get a little messy and smudgy in places when sticking the triangles down but the top coat did help to disguise this a little.

Gold Sticker Stripe Nails

For this design I tried out some gold nail stickers I bought from the Born Pretty website along with a bold blue polish.

I started by painting my thumb and ring fingers in 2 coats of a bright royal blue colour.

On the rest of the nails I used 2 coats of a light pastel blue shade.

On top of these light blue nails I used 1 coat of a very fine gold shimmer overcoat. However although it looks really pretty in reality, in the photos you can’t see it at all.

On the darker blue nails I then placed a stripe of the gold nail sticker across the width of the nail. These stickers had a design of thin gold lines going diagonally in a triangle pattern.

Magnetic Gold Accent Nails

For this design I paired a gold magnetic polish with some gold nail stickers.

I started by painting all nails in 1 coat of the magnetic polish, but did not use the magnet.

I then painted the ring fingers in 2 coats of a black polish.

I then went over the gold nails in another coat of the magnetic polish and used the magnet with it to get the design. I used a diagonal stripe pattern magnet as I really like how the effect turns out with this one.

On the black nails I then placed a stripe of the gold patterned nail stickers vertically before finishing everything off with a top coat.

Blue Sparkle Stripe Nails

I think the result of this design is quite pretty.

I started by painting my middle and ring fingers with an off white shade with small silver flecks of glitter in it.

On the remaining nails I used a light blue shade.

On the thumbs I then used a very dense light blue glitter. This also has some flecks of gold glitter in it.

To finish off the design I used a very thin light blue glittery striping tape. I placed 1 stripe of this on each of the middle and ring fingers going vertically to the one side of the nail.

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.

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.

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.