Friday, April 20, 2012

☆★Gel Nails - Butterfly on ice ☆★

To achieve this design, I already removed the old design simply by filing it off with a 100/180 grit file.
And I have pushed back the cuticles and removed the shine from the natural nail.

In the video  I start off by dehydrating the nail with IBD prep and a lint free wipe, which also removes any excess dust and oils left onto the nail plate (which can cause lifting).

When that has dried, I applied NSI superbond (my mother is prone to lifting) on her natural nail only.
Then with my gel brush I brush on a thin coat of IBD builder gel in clear, as a base layer.
Went around the cuticles with a rosewood stick.
Cure that for 2 minutes.

With Jean Marin builder gel in Ultra white and a dotting tool, I start forming a smile line, for then to fill in the rest. With my gel brush, I clean up the smile line.
Letting that cure for 2 minutes.

Then I brushed on a bit of that clear gel on the free edge, for then to pick up a bit of blue glitter, to place that on the smile line, fading it a bit down toward the tip of the nail.
Letting that cure for just a minute.

Then it is time to build up the thickness and strength, and I do that by first brushing on a thin layer of IBD builder gel clear, and then building up the nail with strings of gel.
I go around the cuticle area with a rosewood stick and letting that cure for 3 minutes.

When all 10 nails are done, I remove the tacky layer with non acetone nail polish remover and a lint free wipe.
With a 180 grit file I file the sidewalls and the free edge.
Removed dust and stamped on a butterfly design.

To finish the nail off I used ORLY Glosser (careful not to smudge the stamp I just did)
Last but not least I rubbed on some cuticle oil and took some pictures.

I hope you like this design.


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  3. the orly glosser is that a normal topcoat or is a uv gel topcaot that i need to cure and is so for how long?