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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
To complete the design, I used a smaller dotting tool to place rows of shimmery blue dots on each nail to add more detail.
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 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.
I started off by painting all nails except the ring and thumb finger nails in 2 coats of a pastel blue shade.
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.
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.
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.
Purple is one of my favourite colours, so I always love to use different shades of purple in my nail art designs.
For this one I started by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a shimmery lilac shade.
Next I took a larger dotting tool and a dark shimmery purple shade. I placed random dots in this colour over all nails.
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.
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.
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.
I’m really pleased with how this design turned out and the best part is it was quite quick to do. The colours and the shimmer against the dark background works well.
I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of my background colour. I went for a dark purple.
Next I took a large dotting tool and a purple metallic shade. I placed one dot per nail where I wanted the centre of my circle to be.
Then I took a smaller sized dotting tool and blue shimmery metallic shade. I placed a circle of the smaller dots around the larger dot.
I then repeated this 2 more times with a pink and then a gold metallic shimmery shade, to make a total of 3 rings of dots around the central dot.
I think this design would have come out better if my nails had of been longer at the time, as it would have been easier to paint in the tips.
I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a black/silver magnetic nail paint.
On the second coat of this I used a diagonal line magnet in order to create the pattern.
Once this was dry I used my top coat. This is because the nail polish being used on the tips has a slightly matte finish to it which I wanted to keep.
I then took a pastel pink matte shade and painted across the tips of each nail.