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Summer Nail Trend: Handpainted Lace Enhancements

Set your clients up for summer lovin’ with delicate lace patterns, created with gels and airbrush paint.

Set your clients up for summer lovin’ with delicate lace patterns, created with gels and airbrush paint.

 

How to Get the Look:

1. Use Akzentz Warm Coverage Pink Gel to create an enhancement. Finish, file, and apply CND Brisa Silver Shimmer Gel. Wipe off sticky layer. Buff with a 180-grit file. Using a 18/0 liner brush and Createx Black Opaque Airbrush Paint, outline a lace flower. (Airbrush paint works well because of its thin consistency.)

2. Continue adding petals and leaves. Use smooth flowing strokes for the best effect.

3. Using a #2 brush, add large, scalloped U-shaped strokes. Thin your paint, then add tiny ovals on top of the scallops. With the 18/0 liner brush, add in small, fine dot and line details. Use a cross-hatching pattern to create the netting areas. Outline with bolder strokes any shapes that should be highlighted. Let dry, then seal with Akzentz Top Gloss and remove sticky layer. For lace pattern ideas, check out the Linens and Lace book collection (Volumes 1 through 3) by Arlene Linton.

 Nails by Sarah Hallford, Hallford Nail Studio, Rancho Cordova, Calif.

 

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