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.

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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.

Iridescent Frost Nails

This was a simple glitter gradient design I made using a pot of loose iridescent glitter.

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

I then used a pot of loose iridescent multi glitter and a clear top coat. I painted the tip of each nail going one at a time with the top coat and then touched the brush in a few places randomly going up the nail.

I then dipped the tip of the nail into the glitter pot. I used a sponge eye shadow applicator to dab over where the glitter went on the nail to press it in place better. I then moved up the nail slightly and continued to dab the applicator to try and create a more gradient effect between the glitter and background colour.

I then finished off with a layer of top coat. I found that more of the green comes through in the glitter in real life than what did in the pictures.

Matte Glitter Triangle Nails

I think this design looks so much nicer with a matte coat over the top. Sometimes I quite like to put matte over the top of glitter.

I started by painting my thumb and ring fingers with 2 coats of a dense fine pink glitter.

On the remaining nails I used 2 coats of a greyish lilac shade.

Using a striping brush I carefully painted triangle shapes to the tips of the greyish nails in the pink glitter. I did think about using tape to make the lines perfect but I was feeling a bit lazy in the end, so I opted to do it freehand.

I firstly used my normal topcoat for durability and then afterwards added a layer of a matte topcoat.

Duochrome Zig Zag Nails

Sorry for the bad photos. I actually did this design in the winter at night a couple of years ago and so only had artificial light. For this design I wanted there to be a difference in finishes between the 2 colours. Therefore I went for a plain gloss base and a shimmery duochrome over the top.

I started by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a dark blue shade. I made sure I gave this plenty of drying time.

Then, working on 1 nail at a time, I applied a zig zag shaped nail art sticker. While this was on I painted over it in my duochrome overlay.

This is a pretty pink shimmery shade that changes to tones of gold and bronze. I did 2 quick coats of this so that it was opaque but had not had enough time to dry.

I then carefully peeled off the sticker and added a top coat after it had dried for a couple of minutes.

Blue Floral Lace Nails

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.

Flicks and Dots Floral Nails

I wanted to practice a floral design with flicks in it because I really struggle with paining flicks in designs. They always come out so messy lol.

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I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a bright blue shade. On top of this I used white acrylic paint and a thin paint brush to paint in some flicks on each nail.

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I then took a small dotting tool and a pink shimmery shade to place clusters of dots near where the flicks started from on some nails to make the petals of flowers.

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I then repeated the same with a gold colour. Afterwards I used the opposite colour of the petals to fill in the centers of each flower.

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To complete the design, I used a smaller dotting tool to place rows of shimmery blue dots on each nail to add more detail.

Winter Gems Nails

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

Lilac Spot Nails

Purple is one of my favourite colours, so I always love to use different shades of purple in my nail art designs.

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For this one I started by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a shimmery lilac shade.

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Next I took a larger dotting tool and a dark shimmery purple shade. I placed random dots in this colour over all nails.

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Next I took a smaller sized dotting tool. I used the first lilac shade and placed a smaller dot in this colour in the middle of the dark purple dots I had just made.

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Lastly, using the same smaller sized dotting tool and the darker purple colour, I placed some smaller dots in random parts of the empty spaces that were remaining on each nail.