Extreme Nude Acrylic and Gel Polish Design
This video shows a full design across a whole hand using gel polish over an acrylic nail with some free hand painting done using hard gel. The colours of this design are subtle but the design is very dramatic!
Hi, I'm Kirsty Meakin from Naio nails, in this video I'm going to show you how to do a design using nude and white and some gold chain. So for this design I've already applied an acrylic nail extension and the shape we're going for today is the ballerina shape. I've also applied the urban graffiti gel polish in the colour birthday suit. Which is a lovely nude colour. Cos' today we're going to be working with nude and white and gold. We're going to use white gel, so white hard gel this is. Cos i want the strong pigment and we're going to use a long detailing brush for this. And I always like to keep one detailing brush for gel and one for acrylic paint, cos' you'll find no matter how much you clean your brush, it's quite hard to use a brush that's had gel in with paint, and vice versa. So keep them separate. So I'm going to pick a bit of product up and we're basically going to use this as an art medium. So it's purely going to be there just for art. And it's got a real strong pigment. Creating a diamond shape here, and then we're going to fill this in. Stretch it out, stretch that product. Keep it nice and symmetrical. This gel will stay where you put it. If you've got any transparent parts just hover over with a bit more product and it will just fill that in. We're going to mirror this design. You've got one line on that side and start in the same place and bring it to the center. Keep pulling the bulk of the product through so you haven't got thick areas and thin areas. I'm going to do an empty diamond here with those lines that I've just done. And some little lines coming off this larger line. So you're creating an abstract pattern. Two smaller diamond shapes here, we're going to fill those in. You're stretching the product with the tip of your brush, so you're still in control of it, not pulling hard through it. Same the other side. I'm going to mirror what I've just done on the other side. Make it symmetrical. You need to check both sides, Once you're happy with that, we're going to pop that into the UV lamp for two minutes. Now that's cured we're going to move onto the other nails, this video we're going to do a full look, so we're going to follow the theme across all five nails. So we're going to do a line completely down the nail. Dragging the product down, you don't want the bulk of the product at the top or the bottom, you see how i keep dragging it straight down? To give you a nice, straight line. Just making that nice and straight at the top. Just going to do some little dots on each side so i know how far out i can come with this design, I'm going to go from here, down to one dot. Same with that one. And from the dot, straight down. Creating a diamond shape. Then we're going to go from here, straight down to that dot. And again this side. And then down to the tip. Before it goes in the lamp i want you to check it over, Check all your design areas, check you're happy with it, because at this stage it's not cured so you could even wipe it off if you weren't happy with it. But you can adjust it because it's gel, it's still moving, you can still adjust it, add more. Move the gel around. You've still got play time. Happy with that, so I'm going to put that into the lamp and cure that for two minutes.
Now thats cured. Going to move onto the next one. You only need a tiny bit of gel, it will go a long way. Don't be afraid to move the hand into the position that you want it. I've checked that, I'm happy with that now, we're going to pop that into the UV lamp for two minutes. So you're basically doing a zigzag, ziggity zag down one side. Pulling the product, if theirs loads on there we can pull that, like this, see this? It's a bit wibbly wobbly, we don't want it wibbly wobbly. We're going to keep pulling through till that straightens up a little bit. And the same with this one. I think I'll just whip over this just to thicken it up a little bit, if you want to thicken the line just press a little bit harder with your brush and it'll thicken up a little bit. Now we're going to do some full triangles here. Fill that with white. Drag, drag, drag. Make sure you get right to the edge. Same up the top corner. Don't flood the cuticle, get really nice and close, keep it neat. I want that going in the lamp. All that's cured, now we're going to do the super exciting bit, we're going to use embellishments so we've got some studs, we've got some little metal, are they hexagons? Think so, they look like a 10 pen, no not 10 pence, 50 pence piece. We've got a 3D bow and some little gorgeous flat studs. And also one of my favourite things at the moment, chain. I'm going to use, to attach the small embelishments, so not those, not the larger ones, not the studs or the, or the little bow, the very small ones, we're going to use the mega gloss to attach those. Get it right in the middle here, a little tiny pool of mega gloss. This needs to be simple, but effective. So one stud in the middle, make sure it's in the middle, if it's off set it won't look right.Your watching, if it's there and you're like "oh"... That's not where you want it! You want it in the middle! So we're going to pop that into an LED lamp for ten seconds, just to flash cure it so it stays still so it doesn't slide, it doesn't move anywhere. And now we're going to do the same, we're going to use some of these studs here as well. So get your single one, popping that straight there, keeping it straight and by that i mean I've got a flat top and a flat bottom and two pointy sides. Can you see, as i rock that nail you should be able to see that that's in place, flat top and bottom, two pointy sides. If it's off set it won't look good, remember we want to do it simple, but effective. Now we're going to pop that into the lamp again for 10 seconds, just to clamp it on there, just to stop it from moving.
Same here and here, little bit of product. I want the pointy part, corner here to go into that little V. Again put the pointy corner into the pointy part. Like that. Right, pop that into the lamp, you just want to cure that for ten seconds. To apply the bow, take your clear acrylic powder,and high speed acrylic liquid, this is going to set quickly. This liquid is awesome for using to attach embellishments. So, small bead, not too dry, not too wet, nice medium ratio. Spread it out to the sides a little. Tuck that middle up a little bit. Pick up your bow, place it on, basically that acrylic is going to be like glue and it's going to adhere it to the nail. Little bit of pressure, make sure it's central, make sure it's where you want it. This is the time you're going to take off any excess acrylic that you don't want there that may be ruining you design. And then, underneath these loops, we're going to pop a bit of acrylic. Don't let it touch the cuticle, just let it float underneath. And this is going to make it stick really well and it's also going to stop anything catching underneath. And you can't see it, it's going to make it last a lot longer. So, both sides do this, just let your bead drop under there. You don't want any product here. Now we're going to put the studs on. Also we're going to use acrylic to do this. Just do a couple at a time. I prefer to pick these up with my fingers. Press them on. So you're pressing them directly onto the beads. So we're going to continue this all the way around the nail. Now of course this is a little bit extreme, not everybody wants all these studs, but, you can use this as inspiration and you could just go for a couple of studs or you could fill the nail with studs if you really wanted to. Make sure they don't fall as well, make sure they don't fall over. But keep them close to the edge. You can scrape off any excess because we've left that surface nice and shiny so we can remove any excess while it's still pliable. Now these studs are not super sharp, they're nice and soft, they're not going to hurt anybody. Oh yeah! That looks cool, i know. This one that's right at the tip I'm just going to pop a little bit of acrylic right on the end of the tip, just so it stays on, secures it a little bit more. Keep it quite neat though, don't like just put a random blob on there. Couple of studs on this one. When you put them on individual like this they're super easy to put on. Cos' you're just going to squish it right into the middle of that, and then you see that little circle that forms around onto the stud, which will catch hold of the stud and make it stay. Now we're going to add a little bit of chain. This is like my favourite thing at the minute! This chain. Just literally pull that apart, or you can use some old cuticle nippers. So i just sized up that piece. Going to use mega gloss, because it's thicker than gel polish, this is going to hold the chain on a lot better. Just going to tap round the cuticle, so you have like a little ring of product around the cuticle there. Going to hold the chain in the middle, so find the middle, lay the center on first, and then move the chain to one side, and then the other side. It's going to help you get it even. Arrange the chain how you want it. And then you can pop that into the lamp, cure that in your LED, you just want to cure it for about 10 seconds, just so it holds still. Now we're going to use the chain, so we've got a long piece, and a shorter piece which is about, I'd say just over half. First of all what I'm going to do is I'm going to get a little bead of acrylic, clear acrylic. Pop that onto some, onto a little bit of form. Pop the end in there and the end of the longer one in there. Another bead of acrylic, directly on the top. We're going to make this so you don't have to wear it all the time because it's quite extreme, it's more like a fashion accessory, we're making our own fashion accessory. And just gather in the ends of the other side up, same again, a bead, place the end in, the other end in, bead on top. Let that set up a little bit, give it a few seconds. And attach this under the nail. Like this. Now you could use glue, so you can take it off and it will just fall off if you give it a little bit of pressure or just pull it off, it won't do anything to the nail. And then with the other side, just pull that off the backing, the other side will go under here. My model, gem, she has an old design on under there, you can see. I might show you that one day, if you're lucky! Now you can use glue or you can use acrylic, depends how permanent you want this to be. Pop that under. And place your accessory at the end there, And then what you need to do is you need to make sure this chain isn't all twisted and tangled. Bead of acrylic again. And get the end, pop it in there, let that set. Now if you really want to make it even more permanent you could get some acrylic and just really smooth that in there and fill it in. But because we don't want it too permanent we've just put a little bead of acrylic, which will keep it on for a few days. Eventually it will fall off. If you want to make it just so you can wear it for one evening you can use the brush on nail glue and just brush that under the tip there and pop your accessory on. Can turn that hand over now. Can see that we've got a gorgeous dangly chain. So glamour rock chick. Now the design's complete but we want to top coat this. I'm just going to check over that there's no fluff or anything stuck to any of the gel. We're good to go. Now we're going to go right up to that chain, it's going to help keep that on. So you're slightly brushing the chain but you're not going into the cuticle because we don't want to cause any lifting or anything of the product. All the way over, cap the edge, same on here. And what i like to do with the studs, to make them last longer and to look shinier for longer is to go over all the studs with a coat of gel. It makes them stay on longer, it makes the shine last longer. Make sure you cover all the sides. And you can whip round the sides of the bow. And all over the design. Top coat this one, make sure you go over your little tiny stud. Then we've also got the thumb. Cap that design. Same again with the studs. Pop them into the lamp, LED lamp for one minute. Now that's cured we're going to take the sticky layer off. Make sure you go right in between your studs, you don't want them to stay sticky. Do your thumb. Lastly, going to apply cuticle oil, replenish the skin.