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Excel with Gels

Who says you can’t create a beautiful array of nail art with gels? Certainly not these seven techs, who show you the step-by-steps for some designs your clients will love.

I Heart Nails
Torie B. Savickis, The Polished Pinky, Crown Point, Ind.

1. Create a custom nude gel by mixing five parts CND Brisa Opaque Warm, one part Brisa Pure White, a touch of Brisa Green, and a dusting of craft store Pearl EX Series 2 powdered pigment in Antique Copper. Apply a thin layer of this mix (or your own custom mix) to the nail. Cure for two minutes. Apply a second coat. Cure. Remove the inhibition layer. Dust the nail free of debris. To draw the heart, take your brush and lightly dip into CND’s Brisa Red gel. Pull up, letting a string of gel dangle from the brush. Use that string to outline a heart in the center of the nail and to fill it in. (It doesn’t need to be perfect because you can touch up the heart by wiping off the extra onto a CND Hands Down Ultra Pad soaked with ScrubFresh). Refine the heart with a clean brush. Cure for two minutes.

2. Sprinkle on Ultra Fine Red Glitter (found in the Wal-Mart craft department), pressing it into the heart with your finger. Dust off any extra glitter. Use an orangewood stick to refine the glitter application and push loose bits of glitter into the heart.

3. Apply CND Brisa clear gel over the nail, leaving the bulk of the gel over the heart, while thinning and tapering it around the sides (to create structural strength of the heart during the finishing process). Cure for two minutes. Use CND’s Blizzard Padded File to eliminate any low spots. Dust the nail free of debris. Apply CND’s Brisa Gloss. Cure for two minutes. Remove the inhibition layer.

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