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Nail Art Studio: Urban Elegance

Kathleen Shahan demonstrates Urban Elegance

Kathleen Shahan demonstrates Urban Elegance


1. Start with a white base of either gel or traditional polish.


2. Thin a small amount of pastel-colored polish with acetone. Using an art brush, dip into the thinned polish and tap over the nail to create a splatter paint effect.


3. Repeat the splatter pattern with various pastel-colored polishes.


4. Using black craft paint and a thin brush, start in the center and create a rose with petals that are curved lines, thin on the ends and thicker in the middle. Repeat the petals to enlarge the rose.


5. Add leaves and detail as desired. Finish with a clear top coat.

Kathleen Shahan, The Head-Quarters, Wilmington, Del.

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You can also mail your tips (one for each step) and written instructions to Tracy Rubert, NAILS Magazine, 3520 Challenger St., Torrance, CA 90503. Make sure to include your name, salon name (if applicable), city, state, and contact information. When mailing us tips for Nail Art Studio, please mail them in a padded envelope or box to keep the nail tips fully intact in transit.

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