Nail art with textured nail polishes

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Today I've got some ideas for nail art with the textured nail paints that have come out recently.  Last week I showed you the pastel range from Barry M, and the darker colours that Seventeen have brought out.

I've been scratching my head as to what to do with them for nail art though, as using top coat ruins the texture, but top coat is my friend when it comes to finishing off a design.  Dilemma.  I've come up with a couple of ideas anyway, and I am going to show you them today.

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First off, using Seventeen's Grey textured polish.  I thought I'd recreate the "look" that Nails Inc are peddling a set for about £19.  I'm not trying to slag them off here by the way, I just think that sometimes they are ridiculously over priced, and I've recreated the same look for under a fiver (polish is £3.99 and a set of 10 Skulls for £1 from eBay).

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Before the last coat of polish was dry, I positioned the skull onto my nails and it was stuck on once the polish was dry.  To be honest, this isn't a long lasting look as these adornments do ping off quite easily, but you could use superglue to stick them on to make them last longer.

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Next up, I've got a bit of a fail for you (thanks to my impatience!) but the idea is there.  I decided to paint my nails with a base colour of Barry M Greenberry as this is the brighter version (in colour) of Ridley Road, Barry M's textured nail polish in a pale green.

Oncve this was dry I taped up my nails using striping tape in varying thicknesses to get a squares and stripes type pattern.  i then painted two coats of the textured nail paint over this and left it to dry.

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Unfortunately, because I'm an impatient moo, I didn't wait long enough for the polish to dry before taking the tape off, so it doesn't look the greatest.  This is something that top coat would normally smooth out, but obviously that wasn't an option this time!  I quite like the idea though, so I will try and wait. a. bit. longer. next time.

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And here is the last idea I've got for you today.  Again, I thought I'd go down the route of just using adornments, rather than creating a design on my nails using polish.  I bought this wheel of studs from Born Pretty Store recently, which is flipping ace.  There's loads of gold and silver studs in varying shapes and sizes, and I reckon these are perfect for jazzing up these nail effects.  (Remember, if you use code MXL91 you will get 10% off and free shipping world wide)

barry m atlantic road nail artborn pretty store studs

For this manicure I used Barry M Atlantic Road (pale blue) and Ridley Road (pale green) as an accent nail.  Once I'd applied the last coat, I placed the studs on my nails.  Once the polish was dry, these were stuck down pretty well.

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So what do you think?  I've got a couple more ideas in the pipe line as I am determined to get these polishes to work for me, so stay tuned!

14 comments:

  1. Love these ideas, especially the look with the studs! I've definitely got to try and involve my textured polish into my nail art, otherwise it will just sit forever unused in my box of stuff!

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    1. Thank you! I'm determined to make these bad boys work! (Now I've got 7 of them sitting there!)

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  2. Wow, i love the three ideas. :) Expecially the second one, it's a bit complicated in my opinion but it looks super great. By the way, i like the skull and stud but i have no patient to take on my nails. :(
    XX

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  3. Such great ideas and amazing photos! Totally agree about the Nails Inc thing. I love their polishes and mainly own their polishes but I always get them when they are on offer. The £19 set really annoyed me, especially as they sold a better set in the US, which had loads of rhinestones as well as skulls for cheaper! Not great for a British brand!! their customer service isn't good either. xx

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    1. Totally agree Char, I've got a fair few of their polishes too but only when they are a more reasonable 12 for £25 or free with diet coke or a magazine ;-)

      It's a shame, because there's not a massive UK market and they have just got greedy in my opinion.

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  4. Love the second one - it looks really effective. Also like the bargain OPI look. I don't have any of their nail varnishes yet as they are always so pricey. I believe they are good though. Great post again Claire x

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  5. How fantastic that you replicated the nails inc rip off for such a great price. Your version is much nicer :). When using striping tape I always pull it off when the polish is still freshly wet to avoid any dry snags xx

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    1. Ah thanks Lou! I cannot pull it off straight away without making a mess! Lol. x

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  6. Fab nails! I like the idea of using nail tape to leave smooth lines in between the textured nail polish! :) x

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  7. Lovely! Love the stripey one the most! I'm gonna try this eventually myself. All of them are so inspirational! :-)

    My blog is in Swedish, but feel free to visit. It's quite new and I have yet to learn to photograph my nails. :-)

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