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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Classy 3D bow nails

Materials used:

  • LA colors, Color Craze- black
  • Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear- Gunmetal
  • Wet n Wild- femme fatale
  • NYC In a minute- Tribeca silver
  • Wet'n'Wild Megalast- whipped topping
  • Pale pink acrylic powder
  • Bright pink stripe glitter
  • Black 1mm rhinestones
  • Pale pink 1mm rhinestones
  • Stripping brush
  • Wet n Wild Shine-Hallucination
  • Light colored 2mm half pearls
  • Topcoat

First step: painted middle nails pink using WNW femme fatale and all the rest with a gunmetal from sally hansen.

Let them dry and left the pink ones for later. On all the others I painted a black side starting from a bottom corner and ending in the opposite top corner, like in the picture. The side you make them on doesnt matter. You can make each nail on opposites sides from eachother or like mine. Also if the line isn't straight, dont worry, the next step will fix it.
Grab a stripping brush and a silver glitter polish. I used NYC tribeca silver. Paint a medium thick diagonal line separating the black and the gunmetal.

With the same brush paint a white line next to the silver one.

Make sure you clean the brush often, before the nail polish dries and becomes clumpy. It will be impossible to make them precise. Have a cotton ball with acetone next to you, and use it after every 2 lines or more often if needed.

I applied a thin layer of topcoat and got back to the pink nails. For those I used a little jar with pink stripped glitter.

I applied a layer of topcoat on the whole nail and dipped it in the glitter, rolling it aroud to make sure the whole nail gets covered. The result will be a little fuzzy.
Use your finger to stick the glitter on the sides and then apply a thicker topcoat on the whole nail, insisting on the sides. When the topcoat is half dry, gently push on the sides and wherever the glitter looks not in place. The result will be much smoother after the topcoat  dries completely.
While that was drying I started working on the bows. I used pale pink powder and a mold for this step.

You can chose where to place the bows. I Set them close to the tip, along the painted lines.

When all of them were completely hardened, I coated them with glitter polish because they looked very plain. While the polish was wet, I set 2mm half pearls in the middle of each of them. I used white ones, light pink, light blue and green. With some topcoat on the black part of the nail, I set some 1mm light pink rhinestones, mostly 4 on each nail.
Going back to the pink nails, I applied another thin layer of topcoat and set black rhinestones on the whole nail. Dont cluster them, will look weird. Use a pattern.
Seal everything in topcoat, use cuticle oil and enjoy!

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