It is my hope that the shapes appear to be falling across the nails, or loosely suspended in neutral negative space, in a similar manner.
I used: Barielle “Delicate Dancer” for the nude. Topcoat was Essie’s “Good-to-Go.” To achieve this look, first paint the nude shade over the entire nail. Allow to dry completely. If you are uncomfortable painting sharp lines freehand, use sellotape (scotch tape) to tape off shapes in the middle/side of the nail. I used Orly’s “Liquid Vinyl” to paint these black shapes.
I liked it so much I repeated this design again and again.
This is one of my later variations. I used two of my favorite crème polishes Sephora by O.P.I in “break-a-leg-warmer” (grey) and Sephora by O.P.I “read-my-palm” (“jade” green) over the coppery-gold 17 fast finish “fury” (as I said before the swatch that Boots uses online is nothing like the actual polish.)
I have a great tip for “metal-finish” micro-glitter polishes. Ever notice that no matter how much you mix the polish, it always creates streaks on the nails when painted? I have a way to fix this… Paint the first layer of the polish as normal, then allow time to dry. Then, dab a bit of the polish onto a make-up sponge (notice a pattern? Make-up sponges seem to be one of my favorite ‘nail art tools’…) and sponge on the second coat. (I forget where/who I learned this trick from, but I’m sure other nail art blogs have posted this tip first). This evenly distributes the gold/silver/copper polish so that it looks much more like the polish in the bottle.
Once again, third time lucky? I am actually not as happy with these ones as my white version (maybe I’ll try to photograph them again?) I need another variation in color to evoke the natural ‘veins’ that you find in actual stone. But this is a very easy look to create.
Details: Base, Sephora by O.P.I in “break-a-leg-warmer” (from their ballet collection, a slightly cool, opaque crème grey). To create the marble effect, use a gel-based (that is, a clear-based and not a crème) nude shade (I used Barielle “Delicate dancer“). When the grey base is completely dry (you will get a smoother finish if you let the base completely dry) sponge on the clear nude using a tiny piece of a makeup sponge (I hold it with tweezers). Start at one side or in the very middle. Use the polish sparingly, because it is a gel-based polish, it will not cover completely. This is what gives the design its marble effect–the grey will show through. Finish, of course, with your favorite topcoat. I used Essie “Good-to-go.”
There are alternatives to this process, like the “saran wrap method.” Birchbox blog does a great tutorial here.
I tried for a subtle take on Ancient Egyptian shapes and colors. With a base of Orly “Liquid Vinyl” paired with Barielle “Berry Blue” (an unfortunate polish name for this amazingly deep royal… also hard to find on the internet to buy, my apologies), with 17 “Fury” gold sponged on taped-off tips (so that there was no streaking… Note: the swatch at boots.co.uk looks nothing like the actual polish. It is a deep coppery/gold not sickly yellow!).
I used: Gosh “Night Kiss” and Barielle “Delicate Dancer.” Topcoat was Essie’s “Good-to-Go.” To achieve this look, first paint the nude shade over the entire nail. Allow to dry completely. Use sellotape (scotch tape) to completely tape off one side. Then paint the dark brown shade over the other side. Peel off tape, allow time to dry a bit and apply topcoat to finish.
Gradient tips have been a huge trend for a while now. I’ve tried them in the past with varying levels of success. See: red to blue and a yellow to purple (with silver tips) I did previously. But this time I think I’ve managed to get the technique down much better.
I used the “sponge” technique. The Nailasaurus does a pretty good one. The only way I tweaked her tutorial for this was that I painted the very tips of my nails the dark purple and let dry. Her tutorial works best with similar colors, but when you have two drastically different colors like the ones I chose, you might want to paint a strip of the darker one on first.