Short Square Nails with 3D flowers
I have been wearing my stiletto shaped nails for some time now, so I wanted to switch this up a bit. I will also be on the job hunt and wanted “interview nails”. These nails are actually an acrylic overlay. My natural nails grew out very well underneath my previous set of nails. I loved the shaped and length of them so much that I would have just worn them. However, no matter what I do, the corners of natural nails will always eventually break, taking away from the perfect square corners that I love. So in I decided to do an overlay before that happened. This process is so much faster as there are no tips or nail forms to work with. Also I love that the shape of the nails are automatically slim and very natural looking. I was initially I was going to just do the plain American manicure, but you guys know that I just have to have some sort of design. So, I decided to show a little restraint and just do designs on two nails.
Products used to create this design:
- 100/180 grit nail file
- No-lift Nails Primer
- No-lift Nails Liquid Acrylic (Monomer)
- Size #6 Acrylic Brush
- Beauty Secrets-Pink /Tammy Taylor –Pink Acrylic powders (mixed)
- Beauty Secrets White Acrylic powder
- Tammy Taylor Whitest White Acrylic powder
- Pink, Blue, and Orange Acrylic powders (purchased in a set from bornprettystore.com)
- Pink Tinted Nail Polish
- 2mm Clear Rhinestones
- Seche Vite topcoat
For my nail bed color, I used a mixture of Tammy Taylor P3 pink acrylic and Beauty Secrets Pink acrylic powder. I love the durablility of Tammy Taylor powders however, they do set very fast. This is why I always “dilute” them with another powder that doesn’t set as fast. Except for when I use the Tammy Taylor whitest white powder for 3D art.
For the overlay, I start with the tip first. I used Beauty Secrets white acrylic powder and place it on the free edge and slightly dragged it down the nail a bit to not have a definite line of demarcation between the white and the rest of the nail.
Next, I used the pink acrylic powder mixture and placed the first bead of acrylic on in the middle of the nail. I then pat it across the nail bed and stoke it down the nail over the tip. I use the pink to cover and soften up the transition between the white tip and the nail bed.
I really take my time with placing the acrylic. I try to do it as neat and even as possible so I would not have to file as much. I prefer to use a hand file to do my acrylics versus an electric file. It takes so much longer to smooth and shape but I think it’s way safer for the health of my natural nails.
Once I have completed all the nails, filled, shaped, and buff, I move on to the 3D flowers. These flowers are simple three and four petal flowers .
Let me know what you all think about this shorter length. I love long nails, but these shorter nails make typing so much easier lol.