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Nail Art Studio: Free-floating Hearts

Step-by-step by Bonnie Rios, Fingertips by Bonnie at Julie Johnson Salon, Riverside, Calif.


1. Sculpt your free edge thinly on a form (it’s shown here on a tip, but it’s best sculpted). On a second form, create a separate free edge with the same C-curve.

2. Using a short gel striper brush, create a ridge around the edge of the sculpted nail free edge. Add two to three layers, curing between each. Remove the sticky layer from the center using a lint-free pad and CND ScrubFresh.

3. Apply another thin layer to the ridge, and attach the second piece. Leave the tip open to add the sparkles. Lock into place for 10 seconds. Add clear builder gel around the outside edges to smooth any unevenness and seal in the edges. Cure for two minutes. Remove the sticky layer. Push the sparkles between the layers. Seal the tip with clear builder gel. Cure. Remove the sticky layer and file finish the nail to remove shine.

4. Remove dust. Seal with UV Finishing Gel. Cure. Remove the sticky layer. Apply CND Solar Oil.

Step-by-step by Bonnie Rios, Fingertips by Bonnie at Julie Johnson Salon, Riverside, Calif.

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