Friday, February 24, 2012

☆★ Cupcake nail art ★☆

Yum! Cupcakes
I love them!

First off I start by prepping the nail as usual.
Then I just take a bubble gum pink color and push it against the newly carved smile line.
I fill that up with clear  and when that's dry, I file and shape them
I apply UV gel and let that cure for 3 minutes.

For the cupcakes I put some acetone in my monomer so that it'll dry quicker
and then I just start forming the cupcake base and make indentations with scissors 

then I form the top of the cupcake with purple, and pickin up small balls of acrylic for the edge.

then with a yellow acrylic powder I form the yummy icing on top, and with hot pink I make a little cherry.

let that dry, pop some cuticle oil on and you're done.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

☆★ Cherry red gel nails ★☆

So these nails are pretty easy to do, even with nailpolish.

In the video I start off by sanitizing the hands and push back the cuticles.
I did not film how I removed the old design, you can watch that in my previous nail tutorial (dolphin nails)

When the old design is removed, you carefully take away the shine off of the natural nail with a soft file (180 grit or softer)
Dust off and dehydrate.

Apply a coat of primer on the natural nails only

Apply a thin layer of clear gel, go around the cuticles with a rosewood stick and let that cure for 2 minutes

Take a bit of clear gel on your brush and apply that on the free edge where you want your glitter to be

Clean off your brush and pick up the red glitter and pat it on the nail
form a nice smile line and let that cure for 2 minutes

This time pick up some clear gel and go over the entire nail, place the sticker on the nail, you can move it around till you are pleased with the position, let that cure for a little while so ensure the sticker is stuck on the nail

Now pick up a little bit more clear gel and go over the entire nail again, and start building it.
I use the string technique.
Let that cure for at least 3 minutes

When all 10 fingers are done, remove the sticky layer with nail polish remover and a lint free wipe
Then file the sidewalls and the free edge
Remove dust and put on a topcoat, let that dry, apply some cuticle oil and massage that in, and you're done

Products used:

IBD prep
NSI superbond nail primer
IBD builder gel clear
cherry red glitter
nailpolish remover 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

☆★ Dolphin nail art ★☆

My mother absolutely loves dolphins.
She was a bit hesitant when I suggested blue glitter with a dolphin stamp,
and especially when I said to do one nail completely in a color (in this case, glitter)

But she loves it!
And I must admit, it looks nice!

On the ringfinger I did a fade going from silver holo to blue, and on top a black dolphin stamp.

In the video I start off by removing the old design with a file.
Gel is not as hard to file as opposed to acrylics, so I like to do that by hand.

When the old design is removed, I dust everything off, and cleanse the nails with a dehydrator, 
that gets rid of any excess dust and any oils or dirt that might be on the nail.

Next I put on the primer, but first I drain the excess on a paper towel.
I do that on all 10 nails

Then I start with my first coat of gel.
With my gel brush I pick up a small to medium amount of clear gel and put it on the nail with a stroking motion
(as you would apply nail polish)
The first coat does not have to be thick, but as you can see, I use a bit more on her middle finger because that had no gel on it. And that is better, so when you are re-doing nails after a couple of weeks, you don't file on the natural nails when you take off the old design.

The reason I file off the old design completely is because your next design will look prettier.
(if you had an old design with black and you did not remove it completely, and you want to use some light glitters, your black design will shine trough and that's not pretty, unless you like that look )

I go around the cuticles with a rosewood stick and then let it cure for 2 minutes.

On the ring finger I applied a thin coat of clear gel over the entire nail.
I start at the free edge with applying blue glitter, fading it up a bit.
Then I take a silver holographic glitter and go from the cuticles fading down toward the free edge.
Again, going around the cuticles with a rosewood stick and I let that cure for 2 minutes.

On the rest of the nails, on the free edge, I applied a thin coat of clear gel
and form a smile line with the blue glitter.
I clean up my smile line, and then let it cure for 2 minutes

When all 10 fingers have been done with glitter the way you want, it is time to put on our last coat of gel.
This is the same for all 10 nails.

Apply a thin coat of clear gel over the entire nail
(if you picked up any glitters onto your brush, just clean that off)
Then dip your brush into the gel and pick up a nice string of gel, and start wiggling from left to right over the nail.
I usually start at the free edge, going up to the cuticles and then back to the middle to build up some thickness.
Then I have a look around and add more strings to the places that need to be filled up a bit more.
When the gel self levels, it will be smooth.
Do not use too much gel, and try to work with some kind of a tempo, or else the gel will run in to the cuticles and side walls.
This is not a disaster if that happens, it's just messy.
If that happens you can either
*take a wipe with nailpolish remover and remove the gel (this works best when you're not working with pure glitter)
*take your rosewood stick and try to clean it up by going around the cuticle and side walls
*wipe everything off with your gel brush

Again, I go around the cuticles with a rosewood stick and let it cure, this time for 3 minutes

When all 10 nails are done,
Cleanse the nails (removing sticky layer) with nailpolish remover and a lint free wipe.
File the free edge and side walls.
Clean off the dust, and then I start with my stamping,
polish, scrape it, stamp it, nail polish over it, done.
Put some cuticle oil on the cuticles and give them a good rub to get that blood circulation pumping again.

And voila!

Products used:
IBD prep
lint free wipes
nailpolish remover
IBD builder clear gel
rosewood stick
blue and silver holo glitter
file 100/180
black stamping polish Konad
image plate with dolphin
Orly Glosser clear nailpolish
cuticle oil

Friday, February 10, 2012

★☆Poisonous Princess nails☆★

"Poisonous Princess"
That is how I shall name these nails

The picture and the video does not show the real colors, in real life they are much brighter and prettier.
Too bad you can not see it.

So the color is a very bright green-yellow, that reminds me of a poisonous snake or frog.
And the bow makes it cute and girly, hence Poisonous Princess

So first off I start by disinfecting the are I will be working on, and that are the nails.
Then I gently push back the cuticles.

With my electric drill, I am taking away the UV gel only.
If you lave any gel on the free edge, that's allright, I will be cutting a new smile line anyways.

When that's done, I take my file (100/180) and with the softest side, I smooth out the acrylic that may have been dented from the electric drill.
Then I will make sure that the acrylic is flush to the natural nail, and if you have any lifting, you have to take care of that.
Next, I am gently taking away the shine of the natural nail, and of course shape into your desired shape and length.

Remove dust, I use a kabuki brush.

Then I take a dehydrator and a cotton swap and cleanse the nails from any excess dust and oils.
Next I take my primer and drain the excess on a paper towel, and I do one coat on the natural nails only.
If you need 2 or 3 coats of primer (careful not to use too much) then you go ahead and do so.

When that's done I grab a ball of acrylic powder and start rebuilding the nail again.

When that's completely dry, I take my electric drill again and start carving out the new smile line
and then taking away the color.

Dust off and you're ready to push some color to the new smile line.

I pick up a ball of my poisonous green and push it to the edges and filling in the free edge.

After that, I pick up a ball of clear acrylic to encapsulate the color.

Let that dry completely. You can hear when it is dry, just tap on it with the handle of your brush and if it sounds like "plastic" then it is dry.
If it sound hollow, then it needs to dry a bit more.

Then I use a handfile to shape the nails to the desired thickness and shape.

When that's done, you can go wash your hands(or your client) to get rid off any excess chemicals and dust.

At this point you can put on a topcoat and you're done.

I did a design on them with stamps.
Pick an image plate of your choice, put some polish on it, scrape it and stamp it.

When that's done, I put on a gel sealer to make it nice and shiny.
Let that cure in the light for 2-3 minutes, add some cuticle oil and you are finished.