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Aquarium Nails: Second Attempt – LongHairPrettyNails

Aquarium nails (or water nails) were a big thing about 10 years ago. Now, it seems to be making a comeback because it is all over Instagram. In my last nail post, I tried the aquarium nails once before. It didn’t turn out too well. The glitter inside the nail did not move freely like it should. So, I decided to try it again with a slightly different technique.

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I really loved my nail design from last week. It’s a classic Pink and White design where I use the LongHairPrettyNails Pink Nude Acrylic Powder. I just wasn’t happy with how the aquarium nails turned out. Since this is a fresh set of acrylic nails, I didn’t want to completely remove them. So, I just removed the two failed aquarium nails by soaking them in 100% acetone nail polish remover.

As stated above, I wanted to try a different technique to see if that would yield better results. Last time, I adhered the clear nail tips to an already completed acrylic nail. Which I later learned, didn’t leave enough space for the glitter underneath the clear tip to move easily. This time I glued a clear tip to my natural nail. I lightly shaped it and blended it into my natural nail. Then I placed another clear nail tip over my entire nail and sealed the top and sides with the Beauty Secret’s Clear Acrylic powder. This method left enough space between my natural nail and the clear tip on top. Next, I put in glitter and baby oil. Then I sealed in the opening with more Beauty Secret’s Clear Acrylic powder. With the extra space in between the nail, the glitter inside moves freely and now resembles how an aquarium nail should function.

I topped off the aquarium nails with a little bit of free hand nail art using white acrylic paint. And lastly, two coats of Seche Vite Top Coat

I am much happier with these results. What do you think about the aquarium nails? Share your thoughts below.

Aquarium Nails: Second Attempt – LongHairPrettyNails


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