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.................................................................................................................................................................................................................Nails - Step by Step 1 5


First prepare the nail, removing the non-living tissue and the shine from the surface of the nail plate. Cleanse and dehydrate the nail.


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Once you have cured the gel on the nail bed, then place a thin layer of clear acrylic or gel creating the free edge into your chosen nail shape. Cure again under a UV lamp if using gel. Select the colours you want to use in your design, it is important to get this ready before you start, and have some sort of plan for the layout of the nails. You can go for the multi coloured effect I have here or choose shades of the same colour, working with the textures and shapes the different glitters and gems create.


6 File the nail, refi ning the shape and length.


Apply primer or gel bond from your preferred product range.


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Dip your small artist brush into clear gel and then pick up some glitter. You can dip your brush into clear powder and pick up your glitter powder in a double dip method, or for ease use glitter acrylic powders like NFU’oh’s new Bling Bling collection.


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Buff the nails into a high shine or apply a gel fi nish coat to really make the nails shiny.


Fit your form; we are creating stiletto nails here, and I haven’t found anything better than the long butterfly forms available from NFU.oh.


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Place your colours over the free edge, sectioning them into squares and triangles make sure the colours don’t meet up around the corners or edges.


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Extending the nail bed will make the natural nails look longer and slimmer, and this application is especially good for someone with short nail beds. Here I am using gel, I have pre mixed my gel colours to create a perfect match to the nail bed. You can also do this with acrylic. Visit my blog www. sambiddle.co.uk for the recipe of my custom blend pink, or use NFU.oh’s cover pink.


Once you have added all the colours onto the free edge, you need to cap the whole design in either gel or acrylic. I always prefer gel for this stage, regardless of the base, as it seems to magnify and enhance the colours and glitters. If you don’t use gel however, capping the nails in acrylic will also look good.


This is an optional extra, you can either cure the finish gel coat, or add more gems to the surface of the nails. I like this on just the ring fingers, to brings the look to life. It is really hard to add gems to pre-cured gel, as the resin doesn’t stick very well. The best way around this is to add the gems while the topcoat is still un cured. Once your happy place the hand under the UV lamp again.


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Don’t forget to apply your structure and create strength within the nail.


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