Tuesday, 8 November 2011

Bonfire Night Shatter Nails

I know I'm a bit late with this tutorial, Bonfire Night was last Saturday and in actual fact I was going to call this nail design 'Sunset Nails' but they remind me far more of fire, flames and fireworks.
If you've read my blog for a while you might remember I did something very similar as a guest blogger over on Fleur De Force's (old) blog in the summer. You can see those Tropical Ombre Nails here

Using the same idea, I'm putting two bright colours together and laying a coat of Barry M's Shatter Polish in black over the top....it gives the impression you spent ages designing your nails when in fact it takes about ten minutes. You can do it with any colour, I thought this red and yellow ombre was perfect for this time of year.

Staring off with the deep orange, or bright red colour, I'm using Models Own Coral Reef paint the whole nail as normal. Wait for it to dry before starting with the next colour. You can paint two coats if you think necessary.

Using a little piece of sponge (mine is cut from a household scouring pad) dab on the yellow polish. I'm using Models Own Lemon Meringue. Start off with a small amount on your sponge, blend the yellow down to the middle of the nail as to avoid a sharp line. Add a little more to the tips of the nails for a stronger shade of yellow. Wait for this to dry. Right now, your nails will look messy and not very pleasing to the eye. But wait...

Using a shatter polish, I think black works the best here, it dulls down the bright in-your-face colours and pulls the two together. If you were using muted shades, maybe going for a white shatter polish would be a good idea. This shatter polish really brings the whole design together.

You can finish with a top coat if you like but I prefer this slightly matte look.

Ta-da! Apologises for the bits of polish around my nails, these rub away with a little bit of nail varnish remover on a cotton bud. Let me know if you try this out, its one of the quickest and easiest ways I like to paint my nails and it still looks like I've made some effort.



  1. Ooo I like this look, going to have to give them a try :)

    L x

  2. I love this!!! Great fall colors, too.

    Mabel Time

  3. These are fierce nails, so amazing!


  4. WOW these are wicked! Love how you have styled them! Amazing, would have never thought to do this! xx :o)

  5. Absolutely loving these nails!! wish I'd thought of this at the time, very inventive



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