French tips and a review (sort of)

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For these nails I started by applying Star Nail Deep Smile Well Less Tips, which I’ve had sitting around for a couple years and never used. I wasn’t sure I would like the deep smile line.  They applied nicely, though it took some finesse to get the tip to lay flat (parallel to my short free edges).  Then I shortened the length and filed the shine off so I could apply the Gelish Pink Builder Gel.  I have enjoyed using my ASP Form-A-Nail nail forms in the past, so I decided to give those a try again.  As you can see, they did a great job forming the nail over the tips.  It takes a bit of practice when using these with gel because you have to press and hold them still on the nail while they cure to prevent air bubbles.  It’s a bit of a pain, but less so than sculpting and filing.

Side note: I don’t have a photo of it, but a few days later I did a fill using the nail forms.  First I filed in the cuticle area that needed to be filled, and removed the shine. Then, I used the nail forms to do the fill, this time using Gelish Clear Builder Gel, since I planned to paint over them with Gelish gel polish.

So there you have it – a quick and easy, perfect French manicure.  Honestly, it might have been too easy using these products!  I felt lazy not having to sculpt the pink and whites!

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French fade

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This is two coats of Gelish Ivory Coast with Snow Bunny sponged on the tips to create the fade effect.  On the top half of the nail I also added a coat of A Moment of Magic from the Gelish Cinderella collection.  After I did this set I got really busy and didn’t take a picture. This is after 8 days!

My nail art was published again!

A couple months ago I submitted some nail art photos to Nail Art Gallery Magazine, and it was accepted and published in the September issue!  Check out pages 13, 53, and 61.

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Geometric French

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1 coat of OPI Pink of Hearts with 1 coat of China Glaze White on White + striping tape

 

 

Art Deco nails

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For this design I used Gelish Lust at First Sight from the Under Her Spell collection on the tips over a Gelish Vanilla Silk base.  The design was done with a striping brush using Gelish Meet the King.  I applied the black rhinestone in the Top It Off and cured.

French Feathers

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 Natural nails with fiberglass wrap and gel on them.  I stamped with Bundle Monster plate BM-214 and the Konad special white stamping polish.