Friday, November 15, 2013

Pink glitter nails with 3D flowers

I personally don't pay attention to what season it is when it comes to nails. Some people want red gold or silver for the Christmas times, bright for summer, brown for fall and soft pastel for spring. I go with whatever I feel like having on my nails. I could even go with red and gold during summer.

Now for this particular design I just used some soft pink gliter, clear acrylic powder and a pearly white powder. Let's get started.

After a complete prep and prime I created a fade with a pink glitter mix.
I encapsulated the glitter with clear powder.
Once everything was dry, I filed and buffed the nail to the desired shape.
Using a pearly white powder I created small flower petals. (I think the pearly white powder is from vivalanails)
I applied glaze 'n go on the entire nail, including the flowers. Before curing it, I placed a little metal ball in the center of each flower.  I let it cure for 3 minutes.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Gel nails - Late night thunderstorm

Now that the summer has made room for fall, we get less to none thunderstorms. That's one thing I love about the summer, the late night thunderstorms. I never feared thunderstorms and find the thunder and light play soothing. One day, thinking about new nail designs, my thoughts wandered off back to summer. I tried to transfer my thoughts to this nail design. The camera did not really pick the beautiful light play, but I hope you like it anyways.

After prep and prime, apply a thin layer of IBD builder gel clear. Without curing it, apply black glitter near the cuticle and let it fade down. Apply a dark purple glitter from the free edge up into the black. Go back and forth with the two colors to create a nice blend. Let it cure for 2 minutes.

Apply another layer of clear gel and put small pieces of yellow mylar flakes on the nail in a lightning bolt pattern. Let it cure for 2 minutes to secure the mylar in place.

Apply the last layer of clear gel and build the structure and overall shape with strings. Let it cure for 3 minutes.

Remove the tacky layer. Because the mylar may have left the nail with some bumps, you will file it smooth with a nail file. With the nail being somewhat rough, the black ink will show up much better and stay in place. Outline the yellow lightning bolt and let that dry completely.

Using a gel sealer, apply a thin layer on the entire nail and let it cure for 3 minutes. This doesn't have a tacky layer so you will be able to instantly rock these nails.

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Classy gel nails

Do you need to attend some kind of formal party, a wedding or something classy? These nails are perfect for that. One solid color, with hexagons for that little pop of bling.
Painted nails are always in trend. Especially now with Uv polishes and gel colors, your painted nails will last you a long time.

Let's get this tutorial started.

In this video I am doing a sculpted lipstick nail. After prep and prime, I applied a nail form underneath the nails and closed the flaps. Using IBD builder gel clear, I picked up a string of gel and outlined the nail shape. If going for square or oval nails, you should outline it in that particular shape.
Then I filled in the gaps with some more clear gel and made sure it overlapped the natural nail. If you don't overlap it, it will crack off the second you remove the form. I let this layer cure for 2 minutes.

When the nail came out of the lamp I removed the nail form by simply pinching the side flaps and it should come off easily.

For the next layer I also used IBD builder gel clear. I applied a thin layer on the entire nail and then started building the thickness and overall shape with strings. I let this layer cure for 3 minutes.

When it is completely cured I removed the tacky layer and roughened up the surface of the nail to ensure better adhesion of the UV gel polish.

Using Sina UV gel polish in the color 516, I applied a thin layer all over the nail, being tidy and neat around the cuticle area for a clean look. I let this cure for 2 minutes.
Using the same gel polish, I applied a second layer all over the nail for a good coverage. I let that cure for 3 minutes.
Some gel polishes have a dispersion layer and some don't. This one did so I removed it with none-acetone nail polish remover.

I put on a dab of clear nail polish on a piece of paper and used a dotting tool to apply some near the cuticle area. While the nail polish is still wet, I pushed in some hexagons in a half circle near the cuticle.
I let that dry for a couple seconds and applied clear nail polish all over the nail, including the hexagons.
They should not come off by normal use of your nails.

For gel polishes that don't have a dispersion layer, this step would have been easier. 
Before curing the second layer of gel polish, you can put in the hexagons near the cuticle and then let the gel polish cure for 3 minutes. This will lock the hexagons in place. And then just simply top it off with clear polish for extra shine.
If I would have done this with my gel polish, when removing the dispersion layer would have removed the golden shine of the hexagons, completely ruining them.

Have fun experimenting!