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Fall Inspired Acrylic Nails – 3D Acrylic Flowers and Bows


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.

Fall Inspired Acrylic Nails

Products used to create this design:

  • Tammy Taylor P3 Acrylic Powder
  • Beauty Secret’s Pink Acrylic Powder
  • No-lift Nails Liquid Acrylic (Monomer)
  • Size #6 Kolinsky Acrylic Brush
  • Size #4 Kolinsky Acrylic Brush
  • Gold Nail forms
  • Tammy Taylor Whitest White Acrylic powder
  • Orange and Brown acrylic powder (purchased from Bornpretty.com)
  • Gold rhinestones (purchased from ebay)
  • LA Colors White Acrylic Paint
  • Seche Vite topcoat

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).

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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

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Pink and White Acrylic Nails with a Twist

Pink and White Acrylic Nails


Pink and White Acrylic Nails

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.

Pink and White Acrylic NailsI 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.

 

Products used to create this design:

  • Tammy Taylor P3 Acrylic Powder
  • Beauty Secret’s Pink Acrylic Powder
  • No-lift Nails Liquid Acrylic (Monomer)
  • Size #6 Acrylic Brush
  • Gold Nail forms
  • Tammy Taylor Whitest White Acrylic powder
  • Various sizes of clear rhinestones (purchased from ebay)
  • Various sizes of flat back pearls (purchased from ebay)
  • FolkArt White Acrylic Paint
  • Seche Vite topcoat

 

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.

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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!


Pink and White Acrylic Nails with a Twist

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Clear Stiletto Acrylic Nails with 3D Roses


Clear Stiletto Acrylic NailsThis nail design is pretty simple but very interesting. I was going for a “see-through” look. I also wanted to practice doing 3D roses. I have always had a problem with these. I could never get mine to look like a rose rather than a mountain blob of acrylic lol. I think they turned out very well.

Products used to create this design:
• Beauty Secrets Clear Acrylic Powder
No-lift Nails Liquid Acrylic (Monomer)
• Size #6 Acrylic Brush
Tammy Taylor Whitest White Acrylic powder
• 3mm Clear Rhinestones
Seche Vite topcoat

I used only Beauty Secrets clear acrylic to sculpt the nails.

Clear Stiletto Acrylic Nails

I have really improved on my acrylic application at the cuticles. This area has always been a work in progress for me lol.

Clear Stiletto Acrylic Nails

Then I added some free hand nail art using LA Colors white nail art paint

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Next I added some chunky 3D roses.

Clear Stiletto Acrylic Nails

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Lastly, I adding a one clear rhinestone on each nail.

Clear Stiletto Acrylic Nails

Once I added the Seche Vite clear top coat, it really gave the clear acrylic that “glass” look. How do you like this design? Share your thoughts below.

Clear Stiletto Acrylic Nails


Clear Stiletto Acrylic Nails with 3D Roses

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Pink Glitter Tips with 3D Flowers


For this design, I wanted to do something that would make me smile every time I looked at my nails. Nothing makes me smile more than colorful 3D art and glitter. So, yes here you have it! I follow a few nail techs on Instagram from which I gain inspiration. My top favorites are Glamsusie, Clarahnails, and Nunis_nails. For this design, I tried to bring together all the things I admire from each artist. My 3D flowers were inspired by Glamsusie. I love the way she does her 3D art particularly flowers. They are so perfect! You have no idea how much I practice to make my flowers like hers. I believe these 3D flowers on this nail design has been the closest. I was inspired by Nunis_nails to do the pink glitter tips. His designs have the best smile lines ever! I wouldn’t dare compare my work to his, but this has been my best attempt thus far. My inspiration from Clarahnails is creating flawless shaped sculptured nails. She never uses nail tips for her designs. Sure I could have used nail tips for this design, it would have been a hell of a lot easier and saved a lot of time. But she says she doesn’t use them because you get a more natural, slimmer shape when you use nail forms. I totally agree. I also like that I don’t have to spend more money on nail tips.

Pink Glitter Tips
Products used to create this design:
• Chunky pink gliter (purchased from Hobby Lobby)
• Beauty Secrets Clear Acrylic Powder
Tammy Taylor P3 Acrylic Powder
No-lift Nails Liquid Acrylic (Monomer)
• Size #6 Acrylic Brush
• Tammy Taylor Whitest White Acrylic powder
• Pink, Purple, and Blue Acrylic Powder (purchased from Bornpretty)
• Various shaped rhinestones (purchased from ebay)
Seche Vite topcoat

Pink Glitter Tips
Tell me what you guys think! What colors should I try next?


Pink Glitter Tips with 3D Flowers

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Hello Kitty 3D Acrylic Nails – Sweet Tooth Edition

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Hello Kitty 3D Acrylic Nails – Sweet Tooth Edition

This nail design is very fun and girly! I wanted to challenge my 3D acrylic art skills. I love Japanese nail art, so I actively read (or rather look at the pictures lol) Nail Max and Nail Up magazines. This design is definitely inspired by them. The ice cream cone and cupcake shapes are new for me. I think they turned out really nice! Products used to create this design:

  • Nanacoco Pink Nail Polish (purchased from local beauty supply store)
  • Kiss Nail Art Paint- Black
  • No-lift Nails Liquid Acrylic (Monomer)
  • Size #6 Acrylic Brush
  • Tammy Taylor Whitest White Acrylic powder
  • Pink,Blue, Brown, and Red Acrylic powders (purchased in a set from bornprettystore.com)
  • Cuticle pusher (used for adding detail to the 3D acrylic art)
  • 2mm Clear Rhinestones
  • 2mm Pink Rhinestones
  • Flat back Pearls (various sizes)
  • Seche Vite topcoat

This is the same set of nails from my previous nail post. I simply did a fill-in, filed, shaped, and buffed the nails. Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 10.28.43 PM Next, I painted my nails with this soft pink color by Nanacoco. I originally painted my nails white as a base beforehand to make the pink more intense, however it turned out way too thick. So I decided to just apply two coats of the pink. Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 10.29.17 PM After the nail polish was dry. I cleaned up the cuticles with a flat brush and %100 acetone nail polish remover. Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 10.30.11 PM I used the Kiss Nail Art Paint to create the vertical lines. It is very important to let this paint dry completely. Otherwise, it will smear and ruin the design. Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 10.30.45 PM I then began with the 3D art. I started with the Hello Kitty face. I used the Tammy Taylor Whitest White for this step. I am pretty comfortable making Hello Kitty faces with acrylic. But trust me, I practiced a lot. hello kitty 3d acrylic nails hello kitty 3d acrylic nails hello kitty 3d acrylic nails Then on to the ice cream cone. I started with brown acrylic powder and shaped it into a triangle. Once the acrylic lost some shine, but before it completely hardened, I used the flat end of my cuticle pusher to create the waffle cone design. hello kitty 3d acrylic nails I then applied the blue acrylic and overlapped it on the cone for the dripping ice cream effect. I applied the white acrylic the same way only I overlapped in on the blue. Then I added a small red bead for the cherry on top. hello kitty 3d acrylic nails Lastly, the cupcake. I used the same brown color as with the cone and shaped it into a trapezoid. I did the same technique with the cone to create the indentations for more detail. I then applied pink acrylic and manipulated it with the acrylic brush to give it the cupcake icing look. hello kitty 3d acrylic nails After I finished all of the 3D art, I add some detail to Hello Kitty’s face. hello kitty 3d acrylic nails I am so ecstatic about this design! I still can’t believe I did this lol. Anyway, I thought my nails looked a little “empty”, so I randomly applied clear and pink rhinestones along with pearls. I think it added the perfect touch. hello kitty 3d acrylic nails Tell me what you think about this super cute Hello Kitty Sweet tooth design!


Hello Kitty 3D Acrylic Nails – Sweet Tooth Edition

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Short Square Nails with 3D flowers

Square Nails

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.

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Products used to create this design:

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.

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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.

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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.

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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 .

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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.

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Short Square Nails with 3D flowers