I did these nails recently after seeing the style on a Russian nail forum. I was inspired to have a try at the new design which is apparently all the rage in Russia. Its a comfortable shape to wear which is quite flattering to the hands and it is also very strong with the ridge reinforcing the shape vertically. Nice to try something different.
Friday, 23 January 2009
File the sides of the nail up in a 45 degree angle . file carefully to maintain the crisp angles of the central ridge of the nail extension. Perfect the shape with a file and then smooth with a white block. Brush away dust and cleanse of contaminants.
Embelish the design with copper coloured paint. When the design is dry, coat with a layer of LeChat Protech gel top coat and cure in a 9 watt u.v lamp for 2-3 minutes. Finish the nails with LeChat cuticle oil.
I did this set of nails very quickly on myself to go with an outfit for a fancy dress party. The theme was BURLESQUE. This moon manicure was very popular in the 1940's and is the style favoured by the world famous burlesque dancer Dita Von Tease.
Use a brush to apply colour gel up to the line of the 'moon'. Do one nail at a time, freeze cure for a few seconds and then go on until all are complete and cure for 2 minutes.
Apply a 2nd coat of colour gel with your brush. Avoid the moon area. Cure for 2 minutes.
Heres a tutorial for all those that have been asking. This is my tried and tested method, it always works for me. With a soft soak off gel you must pay particular attention to capping the ends of the nail as softer gel wears more easily and the seal is more readily broken and can lead to separation of the gel on the tip area. If the natural nails are a longer length I recomend that you apply extra clear Nobility in the final layer to build a vertical apex. This will reinforce the centre of the nail forming a strong 'spine' and reduce flexibilty slightly which will result in less movement of gel and natural nail and reduce the chances of separation at the tip further.
Prepare the nails by thoroughly removing all non living tissue. File the nails to shape and remove the shine from the nail plate very gently. Sanitise and dehydrate with the LeChat gel cleanser.
Apply the Nobility primer and allow to dry.
Apply a thin coat of Nobility clear gel. Work it into the nail well with the brush. Start at the tip and work back towards the eponichium overlapping the strokes , this prevents flooding the nail with gel. When the whole nail is covered lightly brush over the surface to level. Keep this base coat very thin. Be sure to cap all the free edges and always keep the gel off the surrounding skin.
Cure for 2 minutes.
Apply nobility colour gel of your choice, this shade is pommegranate.
Dont press hard with your brush, use light strokes. Pay attention to sealing all the free edges.
Doing 2 nails at a time ensures that the gel doesnt shrink away from the tips. Freeze cure for few seconds whilst working on the opposite hand and give a full 2 minute cure when all the nails are done.
Apply a second coat of colour gel and cure for 2 minutes
Now add a coat of nobility clear gel and give a further 2 minute cure.
[optional] You may now put on a coat of the clear gelee top coat [from the LeChat powder gel range] for additional strength and shine.
Cure 2-3 minutes and remove the sticky layer by cleansing with the LeChat gel spay cleanser.
Thursday, 15 January 2009
LECHAT NAIL ARCHITECTURE COLOURED ACRYLIC [colours have come up on screen a little lighter than actual shades]
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