Summer #nailart round-up

Here’s what has been happening on my nails during these lovely summer months! I always find that my white nail polish goes down quicker during summer as it’s definitely my most used shade.

Lilac Gingham

2014-06-30 20.37.55I think I need to get used to using a striper brush because this is not as neat as I wanted it! After trimming down the bristles on the brush to make it stiffer it’s still difficult to get the straight lines when not using a pen!

The colours are really complementary though, so I will definitely be trying something like this again.

Sophynails signature Eyenail

2014-07-06 17.23.07Bloody loved this nail. Sophy Robson posted this on her Instagram page last month and there’s a video tutorial for it on Youtube.

I wanted to mix up the colours slightly so instead of using just one blue for the background colours I used a selection of my Barry M collection I have.

On Sophy’s tutorial she starts with the white half moon first and then fills in the blue around the shape, but I think it’s easier for those not as steady with their hands to paint the base coat of colours first and wait for those to dry and then draw the white half moon of the eye afterwards. That way you’re not going over the white with your blue.

If you choose to do that anyway, you can still neaten up any overlap with the outline of the eye. Sophy uses a dark blue for the outline which is effective but I used my black Barry M nail pen and it still gives the same effect.

Outline your white half moon with the black pen and then draw a large circle in towards the upper of the eye for the pupil and then go around the edge of your nail too. Then draw the lines for your eyelashes, if you have a dotter tool then you can use a black polish to make perfect circles or stick with the nail pen and draw them yourself.

Don’t forget the all  important white highlight in the pupil, just use your white nail pen or a white polish to make the small dot. After the nail art is dry add your topcoat to seal your nails. I’d recommend a couple of top coats especially on the edges because I found after a few days the black edging does come off.

Orange V

2014-07-16 21.22.41-2Ok so these went a bit weird. It was supposed to be a V shape, and they were not supposed to really touch in the middle. Because they did I had many comments saying they looked like flags.

Umm no. If anything I thought they ended up looking like the colour of the fish Nemo.

I think because the white stripe went too close and then when I outlined them with the black they touched, if I do these again I’d make the Vs further apart and less diagonal. But that’s the fun of nail art try and try again!

Floral Ombre

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I really liked this design, there was a lot to it and it definitely got messy.

First I started with a white base and topped that off with the Seche Vite fast dry top coat. Then using a makeup sponge (you can get a pack of about 20 from Primark for £1!) I painted a light shade of blue on and dabbed that on then while that was still slightly wet added a darker blue on top to blend it in.

You can also do that another way, by painting the light shade on the sponge and the dark on top and then applying it straight to your nail, which ever you find easiest!

Build this up a little so you get the full ombre effect, you can wait for this to dry or add another Seche Vite coat but bear in mind every time you add a clear coat it makes your nail varnish thicker and thicker and sometimes is more likely to chip.

After this had dried fully I added the black flower in the moon of my nails and the using the nail brush of an orange dabbed little circles of colour. I should have left a little bit more space for the gold in between as it did prove to be a tight squeeze, and you can always make it a bit more 3D by adding gold jewels instead. To finish another top coat.


Nail Art: Round-up

I’ve not been on top of my nail game this past month, I’ve lost a little of my inspiration which means less nail art. So it means going back to tried and tested designs like this leopard print (which admittedly isn’t very neat) teamed with some cute pastel nail shades.

pastel leopard

Pastel leopard print nails

This was just a random design after buying a colour from the new Barry M Aquarium collection, I’m still not sold on the colour but it looks really nice when the sun is on it so I can see this colour being one for summer weather!

disco nails

Disco nails

A little bit more adventurous and took a lot of time to get these butterfly effect nails right.I think the colour from above works really well on my accent nail and kind of gives the effect of a shimmery butterfly wing. I used Barry M nail art pens to draw the shapes of the wings and dotted them to give them the effect. Not sure I’d have the patience to do these again!

butterfly nails

Butterfly effect nails

Nail art: Round-up

I’ve been so obsessed with awards season that I haven’t uploaded any nail pics for a while! So I thought I’d do a round-up of what I’ve done this past month or so.

I always upload my designs to my Instagram page, if you want some inspiration you can find me @nlcorner!

First up some chic half moon nails. Always a good design to do when you want something simple but effective, and there are so many different colour ways you could choose from that you don’t have to stick with a classic nude like I have done here. Why not try out neon moons with white?

french classic nlcorner

I’ve been dying to try out giraffe print nails ever since I saw the WAH Nails design on their page, I ran out of white nail varnish and Barry M didn’t have any in stock for a while and I was desperate! But I eventually got my hands on some and tried out a white base with the orange giraffe pattern.

I’m not going to lie, this isn’t exactly how I had imagined they would turn out. I didn’t do the shapes neat enough so it’s definitely something I would have to practise, maybe with a better brush.

giraffe nails nlcorner

I’d seen the holographic nail colours around and was pretty intrigued by them but never got round to buying any, my new flatmate actually has one from Topshop so I borrowed that and messed around with a random design. I’ve been trying to figure out how to get a negative shape really neat, so ended up just drawing it free hand but the lines don’t look sharp enough – another to practise!

holographic negative nails nlcorner

As white nails seem to be a pretty popular trend at the minute, and I’ve always loved white nails, I thought I’d update them. I’d seen a similar design somewhere on the internet (I see them and they get stuck in my head but I couldn’t tell you specifically where it’s from) and thought the simple clean lines were perfect.

I think all you need for this is a steady hand to do the straight line with a nail art pen. I found that the ridges in my nails seemed to help me keep it straight when I was doing the vertical lines! This design is so worth trying out because it is so easy. Will absolutely be wearing this repeatedly during the summer.

white black nails nlcorner

I follow nail queen Sophy Robson on Instagram and she posted a flipagram of a nail design for Poundland that I had to try. Clashing red and pink together with a half black stripe just worked so well. That’s probably why she’s so in demand of course! It didn’t take me long at all to do these. If I had a tip it would be to paint the pink as your base coat with it being the lighter colour and then the half red on top just so you get better coverage. Obviously wait until they dry before doing the black stripe with a nail art pen.

graphic print nails nlcorner

And finally my latest nails which were inspired by WAH Nails founder, Sharmadean Reid. She posted a picture of her nails and I simply had to try them out. [And then I tagged her in mine and she liked them you guys, I died]. All you need is a baby pink colour for your base coat, and because the gold moons are straight rather than curved, some either striping tape or good old sellotape, and a sparkly gold colour.

I did a couple of good thick coats of the baby pink colour (Barry M) and used Seche Vite’s fast drying top coat which is literally amazing and then waited a little longer so the sellotape wouldn’t lift off the colour before using Orly Voyeuristic Adventure finished with Orly Lavish Bash for the gold moon, which are available on

The finished effect of the baby pink mixed with gold glitter is super girly. A good request to make if you wanted to get your nails done professionally!

pink and gold nlcorner

Nails of the week: Layered geometric shapes

I saw this nail design on the ASOS Youtube page and really wanted to do it but I didn’t have a nice sheer nail polish to create the full effect.

But then I spotted the Essie shade Pearly White that goes on with an almost silver shimmer to it which turns out is perfect for the layered geometric shape design.

And the perfect tool to create the shapes, an Orly striper brush*, it has long bristles so it’s a lot easier to create a straighter line than with a pen especially for those who have shaky hands. I think I may have overloaded the brush a few times though hence the uneven splodges but which will take some getting used to.

Starting off with a normal base coat to even out my nails was necessary because I found the polish quite thin and the brush strokes very visible. After a thin coat of Pearly White and waiting for that to dry I set about painting my first shape, instead of the black in the ASOS video I chose a dark shade of red from Nails Inc called Victoria.

After that kind of dried (impatience on my part) I painted another thin coat of Pearly White and so on three more times. I know now that I really needed to let the shapes dry fully because as you can probably tell in the final image the red has seeped through as I’ve painted the Pearly White on top.

It was a fun design to do, and an effect I’ve never tried before. I think there’s a lot of potential to create something else with the layered style so I’ll definitely try again.

Because I effectively had about four coats of nail varnish on I needed a really strong top coat to seal my nail art. I used Orly Won’t Chip*, £11.10, which vows to keep your nail varnish chip free for up to two weeks which I think is a steep promise but I’m willing to see how long it lasts especially as my Barry M top coat for £3.99 usually lasts for a week. Tough competition.

Here’s my very first nail art video, bearing in mind all I can really do is video the look after I’ve done it because I only have one pair of hands! See what you think!

And here’s the final look:

layered nails

*Courtesy of LookFantastic

Nails of the week: Mushroom tartan

It may be nail overload already but back to work this week and needed something to bring me into January.

I found this Mushroom Barry M colour hidden away in my draw, nice and full too which is always a bonus. Funny, because I used to be obsessed with this colour, less brown more a nude for my skin tone which I like and looks glossy in two coats.

I was originally going to keep them sans nail art, but I couldn’t help myself of course and got out my black and white Barry M nail art pens to do some quick and simple tartan.

Back to the tartan again because it is so effective yet really easy to do, all you need is a steady hand or maybe a friend who will at least do your non-writing hand for you! I topped this off with a quick coat of Barry M top coat, but I’ve chipped it already so need painting again!

mushroom tartan nails

Nail art of the week: Stained glass nails

Nail art of the week was fun because I could be as messy as I liked and worry about neatening them up later!

I chose rainbow colours red, yellow, pink, green, and blue, but any colour combination would work just experiment!

Start with putting blobs of each colour in a random pattern don’t worry about the colours overlapping too much because you can sort that out later.



After your nails have dried, get your black nail art pen and outline the blob shapes you made earlier. This tidies up any overlapping and gives you the stain glass effect! Paint a top coat of your choice and you’re done!



Nail art of the week: White and pink fade split mani

Feel like this is my signature go to nail design, it’s so effective and again easy to add something to it to make your nails stand out.

Using white as my base colour and Barry M’s Pink Flamingo as the focal colour, with a make up sponge I applied the pink onto the tips and blended it in.

The best tip I have for using a make up sponge to get the faded look, is to put your selected nail varnish straight onto the sponge rather than on your nail. This way if you’re not as confident when using the sponge at least you haven’t got loads of blobs of nail varnish on your nail you can just build up the colour using the sponge.

Make sure your nails are totally dry before removing the sellotape you used before painting your nails to create the clear stripe, this way you don’t pull any nail varnish off with it if it’s still tacky. It does mean you need a good spare hour to create this look but it will definitely be worth it when it’s finished!

Do you have any nail art questions? Or tips for me? Leave them in the comment box below or tweet me @nlcorner

pink and white split