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.
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
This Pink Nude Nails with Glitter and 3D flower design sort of just happened. I was going to do just a basic fill-in, but I received another package from Born Pretty Store which included some very pretty items. All the items were nice, but the glitters really stood out to me. So I just had to include them in my next design. Check out Born Pretty Store and use coupon code CVEK31 for 10% off your order.
I prepped my nails by pushing back the cuticles and removing any dead skin. The I removed any lifting acrylic. Once that was done, I filled the ring finger nail on my left hand and the index finger nail on my right hand very low using my electric drill in preparation for the glitter acrylic. I filled in the nails using my all time favorite acrylic, Intense Pink, from @nunis_nails. Unfortunately, I’m going to have to find another cover pink once I run out because he only plans to sell them locally from now on. That’s a whole other issue, but if anyone knows of a great cover pink, let me know!I wanted to use some of the gorgeous glitter pots that I got from Born Pretty Store. I ended up using these two; a white iridescent and a silver glitter. I mixed the two in each of my glitter nails. To apply the glitter, I picked up a bead of clear acrylic and just dipped in into the glitter pot. I continued to do this until I got the desired amount of coverage of glitter. Then I applied a final layer of clear acrylic to encapsulate it and make it easier to file without losing any of the glitter.After that, I filled, buffed, and shaped the nails. Then I created the 3D flowers and added some rhinestones.Lastly, I topped off this design with 2 coats of Seche Vite Top Coat.
I love this design because it incorporates my favorites design elements, pink nude acrylic, glitter, and of course, 3D acrylic art. Do you like this design? Tell me your thoughts below!
It didn’t take long to get back to my pink nude nails! This time I wanted to add a little embellishments to them. I recently purchased these gold nail charms from ebay and I was really excited to try them out. I think they add the perfect touch to the nails.
I prepped my nails by shaping the nail tips and taking the shine off my natural nails and the nail tips.
I applied a small amount of No-Lift Nails Primer to my natural nail only. I put this on each nail, then one last coat right before I began placing my acrylic. The acrylic powder I used for this design is called Intense Pink and I purchased this from nunis_nails. I truly love the color of this cover pink acrylic. It is so perfect lol. I am currently on the hunt for something similar to this because unfortunately Nuni only sales these sporadically.
Once the acrylic is applied I shaped and buffed. I then applied a coat of my red tinted nail polishNext I adhered these beautiful Gold Nail Charms. I used a small bead of clear acrylic to attach it to my nails.
Lastly I put a top coat on all of my nails…and this is the finished look! I really love how these turned out. I know I say that a lot :). I literally have been drooling over these pictures of the finished look lol. Tell me what you guys think?
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!
Fall Inspired Acrylic Nails-This design is fall inspired. I wanted to incorporate the beautiful orange and brown colors of the season. I wanted to do different designs on all fingers but have them come together as a whole. I think this turned out pretty good! I have recently purchased two Kolinsky acrylic brushes from Ebay. The size brushes I bought were #4 and #6. With the size 4 brush, I am able do smaller and more delicate flowers and petals.
I used the Tammy Taylor P3 acrylic powder on the nail bed doing the reverse application technique. I usually mix it with Beauty Secret’s Pink acrylic powder, but this time I was going for a deeper pink for the nail bed. I was once again reminded how difficult it is to work with the Tammy Taylor P3 powder alone. It sets so fast! But I was able to make it work 🙂 I used the brown and orange acrylic powders for the tips. Next, I randomly did 3D acrylic flowers on each nail. I used the Beauty Secret’s Acrylic powder to do the bow using the fold over technique (which was my first attempt).
What do you all think? What design would you like to see next? Leave your comments below!
Fall Inspired Acrylic Nails – 3D Acrylic Flowers and Bows
This is a twist on the classic Pink and White Acrylic Nails set. I wanted to practice more on perfecting the reverse application technique for applying the French tip design. But, I didn’t want just a plain pink and white set. So, I gained some more inspiration from Nunis_Nails.
I saw this picture on his Instagram and a simple pink stiletto nail set with an accent pink and white nail. I wondered why I never thought of that lol. So I decided to do a design inspired by this. For my design, I added the pink and white tip on every other nail and my accent nails are emblished with pearls and clear rhinestones.
I began this set as I do most of mine. I trimmed my natural nails and removed any protein buildup around the cuticle. Then I lightly filed the shine off of my nails.
Next I applied my nail form and primer. I use the Tammy Taylor P3 powder mixed with Beauty Secret Pink acrylic. I mix the two, because it gives me the perfect color. The Tammy Taylor P3 powder is too opaque on it’s on. Also it set really fast. When working on the nail bed, I need a little extra time to shape the nails so mixing the slow setting Beauty Secret’s acrylic helps a lot. As stated above, I did the reverse application method which is when you began applying the acrylic to the nail bed first. I form the acrylic into my desired shaped nail bed. For me, I have to shorten my nail beds some. I have long nail beds, so if I were to follow the natural shape of them, then I would have less white and more pink. I love to have a lot of “tip” lol, so this is why I do it this way. Of course, everyone’s nail shape is different, so you have to do what work for you. I always have a problem with getting the smile lines perfect with the traditional method of applying acrylic. Doing this technique helps with creating the perfect smile line with ease.
The next I use the Tammy Taylor Whitest White acrylic for the free edge. This is my favorite white acrylic because it is truly a bright white and doesn’t yellow over time. However, it does set really fast so I have to work quickly when applying it. The awesome thing about the reverse method is even if you get a little white acrylic on the nail bed, once you file the nail, the smile will be perfect.
I wanted to stay a little simple this time, so I just did a thin white outline on the bare nails and added some various sizes of clear rhinestones and pearls to one nail on each hand.
I am really pleased with the final product. How do you like this twist on the classic Pink and White Acrylic Nails? Share your thoughts below!