Duochrome Colour Block Nails

For this design I did a simple 2 colour block design with a line of striping tape in between going diagonally on each nail.

I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a pastel lilac colour from the Coconut Infusion range by Barry M.

On top of this I taped off with DIY masking tape a diagonal line on each nail, leaving the tip half uncovered. To this half of each nail I painted 2 coats of a duochrome polish from Born Pretty. This is quite a pretty polish that changes from a shade of purple to green. It also has flecks of green glitter. It was item no. 24882.

Once this was dry I used a purple striping tape to cover the line where the 2 colours met. I then finished it off with a top coat.

I always find it hard to photograph duochrome polishes well, so I tried to capture the effect in a short video:


Pink and Vanilla Nails

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.

Purple Stripes Nails

This week’s design is a nice and simple one.

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I started by painting all nails in 2 coats of a lilac shade called ‘Surfboard’ from the Coconut Infusion range by Barry M.

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Once this was dry, I took a purple striping tape. I placed one stripe of this horizontally near the tip ends of each nail.

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On the ring fingers I placed 3 more stripes of the striping tape on each nail going upwards. I tried to make these evenly spaced out.

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I then finished everything off with a top coat.

Flakie Jewel Nails

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Bold Stripes Nails

For this design it took me ages to decide what colours I wanted to use lol.

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I started by painting the ring and thumb finger nails in 2 coats of white.

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On the little finger I painted 2 coats of a coral shade, on the middle finger I used a dark purple and on the index finger I used a green/teal shade.

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On all nails that were not white, I added a single silver rhinestone to each nail. I then used a top coat on all nails and allowed everything to dry fully.


On the nails that I painted white, I used striping tape to mark out space for 3 stripes on each nail. I then used the colours from the other nails to paint a stripe of each colour before removing the striping tape. I then finished those nails off with another coat of top coat.

Studs and Stripes Nails

For this design I started by taking a shimmery white shade and painting 2 coats of this on my thumb, ring and little finger nails.

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On the middle finger I painted 2 coats of a dark purple and on the index finger I painted 2 coats of a bright coral shade.

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On all fingers except the ring and thumb finger nails, I placed a diamond shaped gold coloured stud near the base half of the nail in the centre.

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On the thumb and ring finger nails I placed 4 vertical strips of striping tape on each nail. I took the purple shade and filled in 2 of the taped off sections on each thumb and one on each ring finger.

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Then, using the coral shade, I filled in 2 taped off sections on the ring fingers and 1 on each thumb. I immediately removed the striping tape and then added my top coat after giving it a bit of time to dry.

Metallic Magnetic Nails

For this design, I firstly started by painting all my nails in 2 coats of a metallic goldish/bronze shade.

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Once this was fully dry, I used striping tape to tape off a section along the middle of each nail.

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To this middle section, I painted a coat of magnetic nail paint a black/grey shade to one nail.

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After waiting a few seconds I applied a second coat to this. I immediately held the magnet over this in order to create the magnetic pattern.

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I then removed the striping tape straight away before it had chance to dry. I repeated this for the remaining nails.

Silk Polka Dot Nails

For this design, I started off by painting all nails in 2 coats of a shimmery white shade from the Barry M Silk collection called ‘Pearl’.

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Next I used a purple shade from the same silk collection called ‘Orchid’. I painted 2 coats of this to the bottom half of each nail only.

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I then used the white shade again and a small dotting tool. I placed polka dots over the purple area on each nail.

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Once this was dry, I used gold coloured striping tape across the line where the white and purple background colours met in order to make it look ‘cleaner’.

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I finished off the design by placing a gold nail art stud on the middle of each nail on top of the striping tape.

Blue Geometry Nails

If I was to do this design again, I would go with a completely different colour glitter for the ring finger base colour as I feel it does not stand out as much as I wanted it to. Overall though I was happy with how the taped off sections came out. I think I like the diagonal one the most.

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Firstly, I painted all my nails in 2 coats of a light blue shade. To the ring finger I then added 2 coats of a blueish glittery over coat.

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I gave this some time to dry and then I added my top coat. This is because the next colour that I used has a matte finish to it which I did not want to remove with a glossy top coat.

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After this was completely dry, I took some striping tape and placed 2 stripes near the top of the nail parallel to each other and 2 near the bottom parallel to each other in the shape that I desired.

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I then went over this with a matte dark blue with shimmer in it. Before it dried, I removed the tape to reveal my design. I found it easier to work on one nail at a time.


I continued along the remaining nails, making a different shape on each nail. I think the diagonal design I did on the middle finger is my favourite. The above image shows a step by step of the design.

Rainbow Ombre Stripe Nails

All week I was thinking in my mind that I would practice my water marbling skills again this week, and then at the last moment this idea popped into my mind. I figured I might as well take advantage of the fact that I have managed to keep my nails long without breaking them too badly recently, and this design is easier to achieve on long nails. I’m really pleased with how it turned out and how bold the colours I chose look together.

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First, I painted all nails in 2 coats of my base colour. I went for a neutral nude shade. This will form the first bar of colour on all nails.

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Next I took 5 different colours in light/pastel shades. I used a different colour on each nail. I painted starting from 2/3 of the way up the nail down to the tip. If any colours needed a second coat then I did this.

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Afterwards I took 5 corresponding darker shades to the colours I had just used. I painted the bottom 1/3 of each nail in the darker colour.

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Once everything had dried, I used some gold striping tape. I placed 2 stripes of this across each nail in order to cover up the lines where the different colours meet. Originally I was thinking to go over the darker shade with a flakie top coat to add some glitz. However I felt it would ruin the vibrancy of the colours next to each other and so decided against this in the end.