Encapsulated Hearts Acrylic Nail Art

by NLS Staff | May 1, 2017

Wear your heart in your nails! Nail tech Kristen D. Noel of Glossed Nails in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., created this full-of-love encapsulated acrylic look.

1. Create several sizes and colors of acrylic hearts using a silicone mold.

2. Apply a thin layer of clear, sparkly acrylic to the entire nail.

3. While the acrylic is setting, push the acrylic hearts into the clear acrylic to hold them in place.

4. Cover the entire nail with clear acrylic, sealing in all of the acrylic hearts. It’s going to look a bit thick and lumpy, but don’t be scared!

5. File, shape, and buff the nail.

6. Apply one coat of gel top coat, cure, and admire your encapsulated nail art.

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Foot Forward Summit 2019

by Staff

NAILS' second Foot Forward Summit was held in Atlanta August 11-13. Nail techs gathered for speaker presentations, advanced education, and networking.

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Up Your Acrylic Skills: Mix Ratio

by Tracey Lee

Even though mix ratio is fundamental to learning about liquid-and-powder acrylic application, it’s still one of the biggest challenges for nail professionals in the salon. The performance and longevity of our product is hugely affected by an incorrect mix ratio.


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What's The Difference? Clarifying Commonly Confused Nail Terms


What's The Difference? Clarifying Commonly Confused Nail Terms

by Holly Schippers

You probably know the essential differences between the products and nails terms you use in the salon every day — like soft gel versus hard or LED light versus UV. But could you provide a clear explanation to a curious client? And what about those fuzzy terms that can mean different things to different people? Here's a terminology "cheat sheet" we hope will help keep us all on the same page.

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