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’m not too keen on the colour combo that I went for, for this design. But I wanted to do something that was completely different to colours that I would normally pick to pair together.
In hindsight, I think a peach colour instead of the brownish mauve shade would have worked better though.
I started by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a brownish mauve shade. Next I carefully painted a coat in blue on each nail. I placed this so that there was a kind of border along the top and sides of the nail in the base colour, hence the title ‘half’ border nails.
Once this was dry I repeated the same again on each nail but this time using 2 coats of a silver holographic nail polish.
In this last picture, I took it under artificial light so that you can see the effect of the holographic nail polish better.
For this design I started off with 2 coats of a dark green to purple duochrome shade. I wanted the base colour to have a little depth and colour to it even though I planned to use a flakie top coat over the top. I put this onto all nails.
Next I added my flakie top coat over all nails as well. I ended up using 3 coats of this in the end to get the required density. I let this dry and then added my top coat to all nails.
Afterwards I used 2 coats of a lilac shade. I painted a line down the middle of the nail from the base to the tip of both the thumb and ring finger nails.
I then used a darker purple striping tape and used this to cover either side of the edges of the lilac sections I had just painted.
I finished the design off by placing a large rhinestone in the center, and 2 smaller rhinestones on either side of this onto the nails where I had added the lilac stripe.
For this design, I started off by painting all nails in 2 coats of a neon pink shade to make my base.
Next I went over everything with 2 coats of Barry M’s ‘Starlet’ from their Glitterati collection.
I really love the brightness of the pink along with the sparkle of the glitter in this shade.
Next I took a metallic gold shade and a thin nail art brush. Starting at the tip of the nail and working towards around the middle of the nail, I painted thin lines along the width of the nail, making sure to leave a bit of a gap in between each line. I repeated this for each nail.
I then repeated the same to fill in the gaps between the lines I had just painted. However this time I made the lines a little shorter. It did not matter whether the lines looked ‘perfect’ as it is all part of the effect.
For this design I started by painting my ring and thumb nails in 2 coats of a pastel yellow.
On the little finger, I used 2 coats of a pastel pink, 2 coats of a lilac shade on the index fingers and 2 coats of a mint shade on the middle finger nails.
On the little fingers I then used 2 coats of of ‘Starlett’ from Barry M’s Glitterati collection. On the middle fingers I used 2 coats of their ‘Catwalk Queen’ shade and 2 coats of ‘Socialite’ on the index fingers.
On the remaining fingers with pastel yellow as the base colour, I used striping tape to tape off the bottom corner on a diagonal. I filled in this bottom corner with a pastel pink shade.
Once this was dry, I taped off the opposite corner on each of the yellow nails on the diagonal 2 times. I painted in the top section with a mint colour and the bottom corner with lilac in order to create 2 stripes that overlapped the pink and yellow.
I’ve been really wanting to try out more matte designs recently.
I first painted all nails in 2 coats of my base colour, which is a shade by Barry M called ‘Dusky Mauve’ and has a subtle amount of fine purple shimmer in it.
On the ring finger I then painted 2 coats of a purple translucent shade packed with glitter.
I then sponged the same glitter shade onto the tip end of the thumb nails in order to make a gradient.
I then painted all nails in my normal top coat for durability before going over everything with 2 coats of a matte top coat by Avon called ‘Satin top coat’. This has a fine pink shimmer in it which added an extra dimension to the overall look as making everything matte flattens out the glitter used on the ring fingers.
For this design I started off by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a black shade.
Next, I took 2 of the shades from Barry M’s Glitterati collection called ‘Starlet’ and ‘Fashion Icon’. I painted one coat on the tip of the ring fingers in a straight line in Starlet. On the remaining nails, I repeated the same on the tips with the Fashion Icon shade.
Next I went over everything with my normal top coat to make everything more durable.
Then I made everything matte by painting 2 coats of a matte top coat over all nails.
Lastly, I went over the glittery tips with a second coat to make them glossy and vibrant again.
I did these nails last year sometime, but I wasn’t really happy with how my pictures came out, which put me off from posting them. However here they are:
I firstly painted all my nails in 2 coats of a shimmery light brown shade. This is actually Barry M’s ‘Truffle’ Silk nail paint.
Diagonally across the bottom half of each nail I painted them in a pinkish dark red shade.
Over the red area I used a fine multicoloured top coat to add some extra sparkle.
Then where the line where the 2 colours met, I used a medium sized dotting tool and placed some dots in silver to cover the join. On the ring fingers I used rhinestones to do this instead.
I was a bit busy this weekend so went for a nice and easy dotty design.
First, I painted all nails in 2 coats of my base colour. I went for a nude kind of shade.
Then I started adding dots to each nail in a multi coloured glittery polish with a black base. I first used a large dotting tool and placed a curved line of dots near the base of the nail.
I then added a row of medium dots next to this in the same way. Lastly I used a small dotting tool to repeat the process with a line of small dots.
This was a simple design using some nail art vinyls I got recently in the shape of lightning bolts.
First I painted all nails in one coat of a white base colour to help the yellow go on in less coats. Then I painted one coat of a yellow over the top of this. If I were to just leave it like this, I would of needed another coat of the yellow. But as only a small area of this would be exposed in the end, I left it as it was.
Next, I worked on one nail at a time, after they had been left to dry for a long time. I took my lightning bolt nail art vinyl and placed it on the nail in the area I wanted.
I quickly painted over the top of the whole nail in a purple shade that was packed with multicoloured glitter flakes. As soon as I had painted one coat I immediately painted a second so that it was not too transparent.
I then carefully removed the nail art vinyl before it had chance to dry too much. After a couple of minutes, I then added my top coat to this nail. I then repeated this same process on the remaining nails.