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 


  1. Hi Cindy!
    I've noticed that you like to use IBD builder gel clear to set the glitters in your nail art, can I use a gel top coat instead? Also, what's the difference between usin a builder gel and a top coat?
    Many thanks!

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  3. Hi im doing a nail tech course in Australia.. honestly I have learnt more watching ur videos then I have in class!!!
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