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!)
4 Difficult (But Worth It) Designs
Difficult Design #1: Purple Reef
Step-by-step by Olga Palylyk
1. Prep the nail and apply Ultima Bonder. Flash cure for 20 seconds. Apply Cache Pink Sculpture Gel in Warm onto the entire nail. Cure for two minutes. (Repeat this step if more coverage is needed.) Apply Ultima Builder onto the nail and remove the excess from one side in a half-French shape. Do not cure.
2. Apply Primary Purple gel onto the bare area. Do not cure.
3. Draw swirls with the Primary Purple on the wet Builder area. Cure for two minutes.
4. Apply Ultima Builder in the same manner onto the nail, leaving out the solid purple area. Use the Primary Purple to add more swirls and dots. Apply Pixie color gel in Magic Mauve onto the solid purple area. Cure for two minutes.
5. Apply Sculpt and Shine to build and balance the entire nail. Cure for two minutes. Shape, file, and cleanse. Apply Sculpt and Shine to seal. Cure for two minutes. Cleanse.
Watch the video at nailsmag.com/video/purplereef.
Difficult Design #2: Floral French
Step-by-step by Robin Moses
1. Start with a diagonal French manicure using any two colors, in this case dark blue and pink. Add leaves (shown here in white) along the smile line.
2. Create a medium and a dark color that go together. (For example, if your leaves are a light color, then try a medium blue and a dark blue.) Use a small brush to paint 3/4 of the way up the petal with the medium blue, then in the center go about 1/3 up with the dark blue.
3. After the petals have dried, use a toothpick or a dotting tool to dot the center of the flowers and create a dotted curved line around the flowers. Feel free to experiment with the color choices here. You can mix any colors together and your clients will never guess that you’re doing the same design. (Try white, medium, and dark pink for Valentine’s Day.)
Watch the video at www.nailsmag.com/video/floralfrench.
Step-by-step by Holly Schippers
1. Apply Shellac UV Base Coat. Cure in a Shellac UV Lamp for 10 seconds. Apply a thin coat of Shellac in Cream Puff. Cure for two minutes.
2. Apply a thin coat of Shellac in Black Pool. Before curing, use an art brush to draw three curving lines, as shown. Cure for two minutes.
3. Apply Shellac in Iced Coral to the outer edges of the nail, staying within the outer white curve on each side. (This will make the white turn peach and the black turn teal.) Use a brush to clean the Iced Coral out of the center part of the nail only, which will return those portions to their original colors. Cure for two minutes.
4. Create one or two colors of glitter paste and fill in one or more sections of the design. Cure in a Shellac UV Lamp for two minutes. 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/shellaccurves.
Difficult Design #4: Gold Cheetah
Step-by-step by Gina Silvestro
1. Apply a layer of Akzéntz Options in Golden Twilight. Cure.
2. Mix loose glitters with Akzéntz Luxio Gloss. Brush onto the nail as a glitter fade. Cure.
3. Apply Akzéntz Options in Sparkle Aurora Gold. Brush onto the nail as a glitter fade. Cure.
4. Apply a thin layer of Akzéntz Natural Clear to the entire nail. Do not cure. Use Akzéntz Options Gel Art in Black and a dotting tool to create cheetah pattern. Apply Akzéntz Luxio Gloss. Cure.
Watch the video at www.nailsmag.com/video/goldcheetah.