Friday, April 14, 2017

Easter Nails 2017

I have finally recovered from my surgery and what better way to celebrate than to do my nails.  For the past three months I have been confined to my recliner because I could not move .   I had to have a Hysterectomy and it was a long recovery .  I could not have nails for the surgery so I had to take them off .   During my recovery I did not have any energy to even try to do my nails.  However during all my down time I viewed a lot of YouTube videos on how to do gel nails.   Every time I did my nails they would only last for about a week.   I had to find out what I was doing wrong .  I came to the conclusion that I may not have been applying enough layers of gel and may have not been allowing the gel to cure properly and I have also been using the wrong nails tips .  I found this You tuber Jessica Angelique, you  must check her out. Her videos are awesome , informative and easy to follow .

On to my design , I decided to do a round shape as I have notice that round nails seem to be the style this year.    Because it is Easter what better design to do with round nails than an Easter Egg.   I used square tips and followed the usual procedure for adding tips to your nails and shaped the nails into a round shape. 

I dehydrated my nails with alcohol and added to thin coats of primer.   I applied the required amount of IBD bonder and than followed with two thin coats of builder gel cured for two minutes.   I went on to building up my nails .   I applied a slightly thicker layer of builder gel to the middle of my nails and capped the free edge and cured for two minutes.  I applied another thick layer and applied to the middle of my nail again but this time pushed some of the gel just to the cuticle and than tried to float it to the free edge of the nail and cured again for two minutes.   At this point I check out the nails and you could tell that they were taking shape I applied another thick layer to the nails starting in the center and pulling the gel to the free edge and cured again for two minutes .   At this point I checked out the nails again and added gel to any areas that needed it then cured for two minutes and cleaned off the dispersion layer with alcohol. 

I filed the nails beginning at the cuticle area and working my way to the free edge .  To file the cuticle area I used the coarse side of my nail file , although next time I think I might use my E File to may it faster .   After filing the cuticle area I checked the shape of the nail and I could see the apex forming and a shape to the nail.  I took the smoother side of my nail file and evened out the rest of the nail .  I followed with some primer around the cuticle area and than applied a UV top coat and cured for four minutes .  The top coat that I used does not need to be whipped off .  I buffed my rest of the nails with a white block and added cuticle oil . 

For the color I decided to use this pearly pink color , its close to white but too white , I did one coat only allowed them to try and applied my Konad nail stamps in contrasting Easter colors . I still need more practice I think but I'm getting there .   I spent a lot of time on these nails and I am  hoping that they last a lot longer than my Christmas nails.   I am noticing that I need to spend a little more time on blending the nails. 

If anyone follows me I hope you have very Happy Easter weekend!!

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