For this design, I tried out some nail decals from Born Pretty Store. This was my first time using nail decals and I must admit, there was a bit of a learning curve. However, once I got the hang of them, the process went pretty smooth.
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The design I have here is this galaxy, gradient effect design. This decal set comes with 12 different sizes of decals. I started with the smallest one thinking it would be perfect for my pinky nail. It was entirely too small. I had to go through two sizes before I found the perfect fit. I do wish that the sizing of these decal were bigger. Most of these sizes were too small for my nails and didn’t cover the nail completely from side to side.
So after I selected the decal I wanted to use, I cut it from the rest of the designs, removed the plastic protective layer, and saturated it in water for about 20 seconds.
I was then able to slide the decal off of the paper backing and place it on my nail. The decal moves quite loosely when wet. Once I placed it in the perfect position, I took a cotton pad and very gently patted the excess water from the decal.
Lastly, I place a coat of my favorite topcoat, Seche Vite, to set the design in place. The cool thing about water decals are they have a weird reaction with nail polish. It’s like it just melts it away! So, I didn’t have to cut the excess decal from the tip of my nails. I just put some top coat on and it sort of dissolved on it own. I used a dotting tool to remove the excess decal material.
I actually really love the idea of having a colorful nail design on the whole nail in a matter of seconds! This has opened up a whole new world for me. I am anxious to try more water decal designs.
I took a slight hiatus from crazy nail designs. I’m back with this gorgeous Nude and Gold nail design. I used my favorite nude color nail polish for this design. This polish is by e.l.f. and is called simply “nude”. I took advantage of 40% off sale their website had recently and picked up more than a few bottles of this polish.
I also used some nail trinkets from Bornpretty. As you guys know, I usually stick to rhinestones and of course, my 3D acrylic art. But this time I decided to try out some of these beautiful pieces. Bornprettystore.com has everything you will ever need as far as nail decorations. They very unique pieces that you will not find other place. And the great part is everything is super affordable. To save even more, use the code CVEK31 to get an additional 10% off your order!
I used the Gold ultra thin triangle powder sheets on my index and ring fingers. I applied them using clear acrylic and then I encapsulated the entire nail with clear acrylic. Honestly it was not pretty after I finished applied the acrylic. It was very chunky and uneven. But I used my electric nail dry to file down the bulk and shape the nail. These pieces were really easy to file. The end result is this gorgeous gold mosaic design.
I have been really enjoying the simple nail designs lately. I love the nice clean look it gives to the nails. However, you all know me, I had to add a little jazz to this simple and sleek design. I decided to do a very blinged out nail on each hand using very small but very beautiful a/b rhinestones. It almost gives it a pave look! This design was very easy to do. Most of my effort went in to give them this perfect slender square shape.
I soaked off my previous set and prepped my nails for a new set! That is one of the reasons I love doing my own nails. I’m able to switch up my nail designs whenever I want without worrying about outrageous costs.
I purchased a large quantity of these nail tips from eBay. There were many sizing to choose from. Of course, I picked out the size best suited for my nails, applied a few drops of nail glue, and securely adhered them to my nails. Making sure to pinch them well on the sides to create the perfect C curve.
I applied one coat of the No Lift Nails Primer to all of my nail beds. Then, I applied one more coat just prior to applying the acrylic.
As stated above, I took the most time shaping the nails. I have been missing my square nails, but I didn’t want them to be too wide. I have always used a hand file to shape my nails, but this time I used my newly purchased Electric Nail Drill with medium grit golden carbide drill. This cut the shaping time in half.
After the shaping, filing, and buffing, this is the results!
I used a small dotting tool and my all time favorite top coat, Seche Vite, to apply my A/B Czech crystal rhinestones. Yes, I applied these one at a time!
Once all the stones were in place, I applied a final coat of Sech Vite to the bling nails. Then two coats on the rest of the nails.
How do you like this simple designs with bling? Tell me what you think!
I know I have been doing a lot of really long nails and over- the-top designs. That’s my style for the most part. However, sometimes I want to rock and very short and simple set. The simplicity of this nail design makes it super cute and sexy in my opinion.
Even though this is a cover pink acrylic, it’s not completely opaque. Last time I used this for my previous design, I did sculptured nails instead of tips. I have dark naturally dark nails so the demarcation from where my nail bed ended could be seen through the nail. Although it didn’t look horrible, it was not the flawless application I was going for. So I took some pointers from Nuni’s Instagram page and decided that I would use nail tips this time around. I literally cannot remember the last time I used nail tips. That’s how long it been lol. But for the look I was trying to achieve, it was the perfect solution.
I used random nail tips that I had left over in my nail box. I don’t remember exactly what kind they are but I do know they were a mixture of curved and flat well tips from Kiss. The nail glue I used was just some random nail glue I purchased from my local grocery store.
These are the acrylic powders that I purchases from Nuni Torres. I bought Medium Pink and Intense Pink. The color I used for this set is Intense Pink (on the right).
When using tips, you have to make sure the tip is the same width of your nail bed. It should cover it completely from side to side. I had to file a few of these on the sides to get the perfect fit. Once I was satisfied with the fit of the tip, I put 1-2 drops of nail glue on the tip and placed it on my natural nail. This glue dry pretty fast so I had to be really careful with the placement.
After all of the tips were glued on, I cut them using a nail clipper. Always cut the tip a little longer than what you want the final shape to be. This ensures that the final shape is too short.
I get asked all of the time if I am a professional. I am flattered when I here this, but no I am not. I’m self taught, so I know my technique is not perfect. I do what works for me. I just make sure to take my time. I add acrylic a litte bit at a time until I reached my desired shape and nail thickness.
After I have completed the application of the acrylic, I file, shape, and buff my nails.
Then, I out one coat of my red tinted nail polish. I created this color by placing 4-5 drops of red polish in a clear polish. This polish is actually a clear topcoat that I was not all that crazy about lol.
Finally I put a coat of my Seche Vite topcoat.
How do you guys like these, short simple pink nude nails? Share your thoughts below!
These nails are Japanese nail art inspired. I was really going for the gyaru nails look. Just super cute and over the top! These nails are a redesign from my Candy Cane nails. I kept the bow from that design because I thought it was too pretty to hack away at it with my nippers lol. This was actually my first time doing a fill-in with previous 3D art attached. Products used to create this design:
I began with filling my nails and smooth them out around the cuticles. The previous fill grew out very nicely with little to no lifting of the acrylic. So, I didn’t have to file a lot. To do my fill-in I used clear acrylic dipped in the white iridescent glitter. The I used the same technique with the pink glitter but instead of clear acrylic, I used the Beauty Secrets Pink acrylic. I placed the pink glitter towards the middle of the nail and stroking it down to make the gradient effect. In some areas, I had to go back and forth between the white and pink glitter to get the gradient just right. Once all the glitter was placed to my liking, I encapsulated the entire nail with clear acrylic. This allows for me to be able to file and shape the nail without disturbing the glitter. After that, I filed, shaped, and buffed the nails. Next, I did my 3D acrylic art using Tammy Taylor powders in Whitest White and P3. I did various flowers and petals. Finally I added a little detail using LA color white nail art paint and clear rhinestones. This is by far my favorite set I’ve done so far. Most of the time, there is always something that I don’t like about my nails. But that is not the case for this set. Everything just turned out so perfect. I will definitely re-create this design in the future! How do you like this nail design? Tell me what you think below!
I have mentioned my favorite nail technician, Nuni Torres, on previous post. He showcases his gorgeous work on his Instagram, @Nunis_nails. Well, he also sales custom colored acrylic powders. I recently took advantage of a sale he was having on his popular cover pinks. I purchased two in colors light pink (on the left) and intense pink. The containers are 1oz. This is a picture of Nuni’s work. He is truly amazing! This is one of my favorite designs by him. He used intense pink acrylic for this look and this was my inspiration for my design. Minus the rhinestones. Products used to create this design:
This set was very simple for the most part. I did this set with nail forms as I always do. I used this set to further practice on my reverse application technique. This thing I love the most about Nuni’s nails, is his smile line are always so perfect. Now working with the same acrylic powders that he uses, I understand how he does it. This powder is slow setting which gives you ample time to create the perfect smile line. The acrylic also is self leveling so you get a smooth appearance without having to manipulate the acrylic too much. I love this color as well. I tried mixing my own cover pinks but they never turned out right. The problem I always have with other pink acrylics is they are never opaque enough. This mix is perfect. This color, although very intense, is still a natural looking pink color. I would like to purchase all of his available color. Going to start saving up now! Tell me what you think!