Acrylic Nails

Antique Glass Nail Art Tutorial

Follow these steps to see how Ednice Nieves used gel-polish and gold foil over an acrylic set to create an antique glass effect mani.

Bright and bold acrylic nails reign supreme in the northeastern Caribbean, says Ednice De Jesús Nieves, a nail educator with more than a decade of experience. “In Puerto Rico we love nails full of color,” she says. “So many nail techs are doing designs with acrylic colors and using techniques like 3-D sculpting, encapsulating nail art, and the scratch technique. Others are doing nail designs with gel-polish, construction gel, pigments, and foil to improve the designs.”

Follow these steps to see how Nieves used gel-polish and gold foil over an acrylic set to create a colorful antique glass effect manicure. 

1. Clean and prep the nails for acrylic application. Sculpt the nail extension in a square shape using cover pink and apply white acrylic to the nail tip.


2. Apply black-colored acrylic to the bottom half of the free edge. On the accent nail, dab a mix of black and white acrylic to create a faded and washed out effect.


3. Use a brush dipped in a little monomer to apply additives over the French tip and the accent nail to get a rainbow, stained glass look.


4. Encapsulate the effect with clear acrylic. Once it cures, buff all the nails and wipe the nails clean. Using a detail brush and black gel-polish, create intricate swirl designs along the French tip and over the entire accent nail. Cure for two minutes under a UV light.


5. While the gel-polish is sticky, press gold foil paper on the design and pull it off quickly.


6. Finish the look with gel-polish top coat and cure for two minutes under a UV light. Use alcohol to remove the sticky layer on the nails and apply cuticle oil.

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