For this nail design, I redid the Christian Louboutin Red Bottoms inspired nails from last year. This has become one of my most popular designs. I can admit though, my execution of the design could have been a whole lot better. My nail skills has improved since then. So, I wanted to give it another try. This time with a different technique.
Products used to create this design:
- No-Lift Nails Primer
- No-Lift Liquid Acrylic
- Clear Nail Tips
- Beauty Secrets Clear Acrylic Powder
- Custom Blended Red Acrylic Powder
- Kolinsky #6 Acrylic Brush
- Gelibility Stick it Soak Off Bonder Gel
- Gelibility Fix Dual Purpose Soak Off Gel
- OPI Nail Polish – Hand off my Kielbasa
- Pink Gellac Ultra Shine No-Wipe UV / LED Gel Top Coat
- A/B Czech crystal rhinestones
Firstly, instead of painting my nails red underneath like last time, I decided to use clear tips and red acrylic. I applied the clear tips to my nails. I shaped and blended them as usual. Then I put a thin layer of Beauty Secrets Clear Acrylic powder on my nail bed. This will ensure that my natural nail will not stain from the super pigmented red acrylic. I use red acrylic to form my nail. With this technique, the red color will show through the clear tip underneath my nail. This is a much cleaner look then painting the underside red.
Next, I used one of my favorite nude nail polishes, OPI “Hands off my Kielbasa” and the Gelibility system to make the OPI polish into a long lasting gel polish.
Gelibilty is an awesome two part system that turns ANY regular nail polish into a gel polish. Gel polishes are much more expensive than regular polish. It can get costly buying various colors of it. But with Gelibility, you can change the nail polish you already own, into Gel polish. Each Gelibility set equals about 25 gel manicures. This is an average savings of $375. Get Gelibility here: https://fbit.co/sI1
First I applied a thin layer of Gelibility Stick it Soak Off Gel Bonder. This helps the gel polish adhere better and last longer. I cure it in my UV/LED nail lamp for 60 seconds. Then I wiped the tacky layer off with alcohol.
Then, I mixed equal parts of the OPI nail polish and Gelibility Dual Purpose Soak off Gel. I used the nail polish brush to mix the two really well. Then I applied a thin coat to my nails. You have to make sure the coats are thin. If it’s too thick, it will not cure properly. I learned this the hard way lol. I cured each coat for 60 seconds. It took 4 coats to get the desired coverage.
To finish off your Gelibility manicure, all you have to do is apply a coat of the Dual Purpose Soak Off Gel, cure, then wipe off the tacky layer.
But for this design, I wanted something glossier. I applied Pink Gellac Ultra Shine Gel Top Coat to all my nails. Before I cured, I adhered a/b crystals to each ring finger. Adhering your rhinestones with gel gives them the ultimate hold without sacrificing shine. That is because you don’t have to apply anything on top of the stones like you do if you use a regular top coat nail polish.
I am so in love with this design. The gel polish just really elevates this look in my opinion. It looks so much neater and definitely shinier! Tell me what you guys think! Share your thought below.