Metallic Turquoise Nails

For this design I attempted to recreate the look of turquoise gemstone. From looking at pictures online I seen that the stone has black lines going through it with bits of gold here and there.

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I started with my base colour. Rather than a flat turquoise shade, I wanted my base colour to be more metallic looking. The colour I chose is called ‘Teal’ by Barry M. I had to paint 3 coats of this to get the cover that I wanted.

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I then took a thin brush and a black acrylic paint. I used this to paint in the black lines.

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It ended up a little bit different to how turquoise really looks, as the lines should have been more circular rather than looking like cracks. However I still liked how the pattern turned out in the end.

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I then took a gold polish that was made up of very densely packed gold shimmer. Using the same sized brush I then went over and painted in little bits of gold here and there on and around the black lines before finishing off with a top coat.

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Vertical Gradient Nails

This week is another gradient design as I needed something easy that I could do while multi-tasking a bit lol. I even managed to avoid touching them against something whilst they were still wet.

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After selecting my colours I started to paint them on each nail. I did this by painting half of each nail in a different colour vertically.

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For example on the little finger nail I wanted the gradient to go from tourquize to purple. Therefore I painted half the nail in tourquize and half in purple. I did 2 coats like this.

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Then in order to make the gradient, I took a makeup sponge and painted a line in each colour next to each other. The colours used depended on the colours being used on the particular nail I was working on.

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I then sponged this down the length of the nail which resulted in the defined line between each colour becoming blended into a gradient.

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I felt it needed something extra to finish it off. I have a polish by Avon called ‘Satin Top Coat’. It’s a matte top coat with a pretty pink shimmer to it. I didn’t want the nails to be matte, but I did want the shimmer over the top. Therefore after applying this to all nails, I added a coat of my normal top coat to remove the matteness.