To make these easy designs even easier for you, these nail artists have generously provided step-by-step video tutorials. Watch the videos at www.nailsmag.com/nailstv. (And that goes for the difficult designs too!)
Easy Design #4: Cosmic Showers
DNA (inside Scenario Hair Design)
“All glitter nails are not the same,” Fry says. “Did you know the type and grade of glitter greatly affects the outcome?” This tutorial uses four different glitters, from near-dust particles to hexagonal hologram discs to show how you can vamp up a look with little time added to a service. View more of Fry’s tutorials at www.youtube.com/solessence.
1. Apply Shellac UV Base Coat. Cure in a Shellac UV Lamp for 10 seconds. Apply a thin coat of Shellac in Asphalt. Cure for two minutes. Apply a second thin coat of Asphalt. Cure for two minutes. Apply microfine glitter to the nail, concentrating it on the center of the nail and toward the free edge. Glitter travels fast, so start where you want the art to end if you find it hard to control.
2. Apply a layer of ultrafine glitter to the nail.
3. Apply fine glitter to the free edge. It shouldn’t be perfect, but it can have a vague resemblance to a French.
4. Apply hexagonal hologram discs along the dividing line between the ultrafine glitter. Apply Shellac UV top coat. Cure in a Shellac UV Lamp for two minutes. Use a plastic-backed lint-free pad soaked with 99% isopropyl alcohol to remove the inhibition layer.
Watch the video at nailsmag.com/video/cosmicshowers.
Easy Design #5: Cute Cupcake
En Wrapture Salon
Post Falls, Idaho
Three shades of colored acrylic create this sweet design, in which imperfection actually makes the “frosting” look better! The accompanying video is Hood’s first-ever nail art tutorial video, inspired by this article assignment.
1. Polish the nail white. Use EZ Flow colored acrylic in Decisions, Decisions to make a sort of cone shape.
2. While it’s still wet, but not runny, use something sharp (like a cuticle pusher) to make vertical slats.
3. Use EZ Flow colored acrylic in Sweet Pea to create the frosting. Drag the color down on the sides and maybe somewhere in the middle. Imperfection is key.
4. While the Sweet Pea is still wet, place a red rhinestone off-center so it’s flush with the acrylic.
5. Use INM colored acrylic in Rain Forest for the stem.
Watch the video at www.nailsmag.com/video/cutecupcake.
Easy Design #6: Shellac Swirls
Schippers was honored with CND’s prestigious 2010 Education Ambassador of the Year Award. Schippers, who joined CND in 2004 as an education ambassador, represents CND’s techniques and nail knowledge to peers in the nail industry via education events and social media. Here, she shares an easy Shellac design for nail art beginners. Get more help from Schippers at blogs.nailsmag.com/fingernailfixer.
1. Apply Shellac UV Base Coat. Cure in a Shellac UV Lamp for 10 seconds. Apply a thin coat of Shellac in Tutti Frutti. Cure for two minutes. Apply a second thin coat of Tutti Frutti. Cure for two minutes.
2. Apply a thin coat of Shellac in Rock Royalty. Before curing, use a stylus or art brush to quickly draw swirls. Cure in a Shellac UV Lamp for two minutes.
3. Sprinkle on the desired amount of fine loose glitter, which will stick to the inhibition layer. Use a brush to remove excess glitter. Apply Shellac UV Top Coat. Cure in a Shellac UV Lamp for two minutes. Use a plastic-backed lint-free pad soaked with 99% isopropyl alcohol to remove the inhibition layer.
Watch the video at www.nailsmag.com/video/shellacswirls.
Next page: Step-by-steps for Paper Hands, Swirled Elegance, and Black Flower nail art designs.