Close

Technique

How to: Glacier Nail Art

by NLS Staff | October 31, 2014

An independent nail educator in Orlando, Fla., Nuni Torres is a big fan of sharp and clear nails. To add depth and dimension to his go-to look, Torres experimented and found a little bit of foil manipulation included in the application process can help create a design that’s cool as ice. “Something simple can turn into something amazing with a little love and holiday spirit,” he says.

Follow these steps to create a crystalized glacier look.

1. Clean and prep the nail and apply a nail form.

2. Cut a rectangle-shaped piece of aluminum foil and crinkle it between your fingers. Make sure not to crunch it because it will be hard to open. Unwrinkle the foil and cut out a small piece, making room to slide the foil underneath the free edge and over the nail form.

3. Apply a thin layer of clear acrylic on the free edge dragging the bead away from the nail plate to create the extension. Once dry, gently remove the form and foil. Make sure to handle with care because at this point the glacier extension is very fragile.

4. Using cover pink acrylic, apply a bead by the cuticle and blend a thin layer where the glacier and smile line meet.

5. Place a bead of glitter acrylic mix in the middle between the glacier extension and the cover pink and blend up and down to create a nice faded look.

6. Apply clear acrylic over the entire nail to encapsulate your design. Once it’s completely dry, file and buff the nail.

7. Apply an even layer of gel top coat to the nail. Do not apply gel underneath the extension. Doing so will eliminate the glacier effect. Cure the nail for two minutes under a UV light.

8. To get an even more chic design, add embellishments in a wave motion to create a beautiful sparkling effect.

You Might Also Like:

Winter Nail Art Ideas

Nail tech Melba Mosley demonstrates reflexology techniques on colleague Apryl Moore, while...

Technique

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.

Nails by Tracey Lee

Technique

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.

Videos

In our video section, watch salon professionals in action, listen to the advice of salon business experts, and tour inside the world’s top salons.

What's The Difference? Clarifying Commonly Confused Nail Terms

Technique

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.

Load More