Nail Art Galleries : Today I'll talk about nail art. I have been doing nail art for almost a whole year now. I have done a total of 44 different designs on myself. (This is not counting times when I just paint my nails one solid color.)
Nail Art Galleries : These were my nails for last Halloween. I got this design from a nail tutorial on youtube, I would link it here, but the video is no longer available.
Nail Art Galleries : These were my nails at Christmas. This turned out so pretty I think. I got this design from a nail tutorial video, Snowflake Nail Tutorial.
Nail Art Galleries : This was another desing I copied from a nail tutorial, although I tweeked it a bit also.
Nail Art Galleries : I love Alice In Wonderland. This design was from a nail tutorial.
Nail Art Galleries : Yes, I've gotten a lot of design ideas from nail tutorials. I'm not ashamed of this. I had no idea what I was doing at first. I had to start somewhere. The more designs I do though, the better I get and it's easier now to look at someone elses design and add my own twist to it. I've also come up with several designs of my own. Let's keep going.
Nail Art Galleries : Obviously, Hello Kitty. The pink and purple polka dots was my idea. I watched several Hello Kitty nail tutorials before I tried this design, just to get the idea of how to create the Hello Kitty face with nail polish. I used fine-tip nail art pens.
Nail Art Galleries : This one was pretty much my own design. I was going to the NASCAR races with my friends and I felt like doing something fun with my nails to show my racing spirit. So I just painted the nails black and the tips white. I used a fine tip nail art pen to make the checker pattern.
Nail Art Galleries : This was another desing I took from a nail tutorial. Purple Rock Star Nails I really like this design a lot. I want to do it again with a blue base.
Nail Art Galleries : This is another Alice In Wonderland inspired nail design. This was my own design. I mhttp://ilovemanicures.blogspot.com/ a nail tutorial for this design.
Nail Art Galleries : Another design taken from a nail tutorial. Stitched Heart Nail Tutorial. I really like this design a lot. It was one of my absolute favorites.
Nail Art Galleries : Are you beautifully dressed and wearing your favourite make up? What about some nail design? You are not actually ready to go out until you have stunning fingernail designs.
Nail Art Galleries : Having beautiful nails is an art. But, who says it cannot be fun? There is a fascinating world of nail art designs for both toenails and fingernails.
Nail Art Galleries : Painting your nails with a nail polish design. People from the oriental parts of our globe created the most stunning and innovative pictures on nails.
Nail Art Galleries : If you have poor painting or drawing abilities, start by creating simple colourful nail polish designs and increase their complexity as you gain confidence.
Nail Art Galleries : Decorated nails – As painting someone’s nails was really time consuming and needed a great deal of ability and practice, a simple and fast system was created to get the same stunning results in only minutes.
Nail Art Galleries : Artificial nails imprinted with beautiful nail designs are a great alternative to stickers.
Sticker nail art – quite fun, but it became too popular and some people may argue that they are out of style.
Nail Art Galleries : Round Steel Stencils – they have between 7 and 10 different nail designs and are very useful if you are in a hurry. Just make sure the lower layer is fully dried! They will certainly help women express themselves, even the most conservative ones.
Nail Art Galleries : French manicure – One of the most sophisticated fingernail designs. Nails are polished in light pink, beige, lilac or white and the nail tip is polished in extra white polisher. Special kits are sold to do them at home with patterns for the ones who are in a hurry but still want good quality results.
Nail Art Galleries : Animal print, flowers or with rhinestones are worn by the most cheeky to catch people’s attention. Some women prefer a low profile and only wear them on one or two nails with a unique fingernail design, usually on their little finger’s nails.
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Nail Art Galleries : If your hands are to look perfect, why not your feet? After thorough pedicure and, if your natural nails don’t allow for a toenail design, stick artificial toe nails.
Nail Art Galleries : Some of them already come decorated imitating French manicure but in stunning colour schemes such orange, purple, white and red to create that unique look to go with your favourite sandals at the beach!
Nail Art Galleries : Hello Kitty Nail Art Designs are handmade accessories. People are crazy about the Hello Kitty Nail Art Designs and these nails are everywhere.
Nail Art Galleries : The 3-dimensional objects that are utilized in Hello Kitty Nail Art Designs are made up of sculpture powder wherein it is moulded to desired shapes and sizes.
Nail Art Galleries : Hello Kitty Nail Art Designs are not an easy thing to make, which makes them hard to do yourself but not impossible once you research on how they are done and how they must look and some practise and patience you can do a good job.
Nail Art Galleries : Hello Kitty Nail Art Designs are perfectly safe as long as you take care of the nails properly.
Nail Art Galleries : Hello Kitty Nail Art Designs are an example of good fashion statements that can perfectly match your outfit.
Nail Art Galleries : So began my experiment with CND's Shellac polish, the first 'hybrid' nail color that blends the strength and high-shine finish of a gel nail treatment with the color selection and easy application of a nail polish.
Nail Art Galleries : In case you're not familiar with the gel nail craze, it's much different than your run of the mill manicure. In this process, thin layers of gel are applied to the nails and cured under an ultraviolet light to create a highly durable, glossy finish, and can reportedly last a few weeks.
Nail Art Galleries : This process is gaining popularity in the U.S. (it's already big in Asia and Eastern Europe) because of the non-yellowing, odorless, and chip free formulas that not only strengthens nails, but provides the perfect base for funky and flirty designs. However, caveats include returning to the salon for removal by soaking the whole hand in acetone, (or drilling the nailbed), along with a lack of color options.
Nail Art Galleries : CND's new Shellac formula says it's a game-changer because, unlike gels, the formula is easily removed in ten minutes with acetone-soaked wraps that expose only the nailbed to the remover, with no drilling, filing or other mechanical manipulation required. Not to mention that it's launching with 12 trend-focused shades, with 12 more shades coming in the Fall.
Nail Art Galleries : A Shellac manicure consists of a UV base coat, two coats of color, and a UV top coat. Hands are placed inside of a UV lamp drier in between each coat, with each process taking seconds to cure.
Nail Art Galleries : As CND manicurist Candice Manacchio applied my Shellac, I noticed that the manicure took place almost in reverse. Cuticles are first pushed back and nails prepped with a swipe of acetone to prep for color. After polishing, the more indulgent hand massage and lotions are applied, so as not to risk interfering with the polish application or color adherence to the nail.
Nail Art Galleries : My strategy was to go with a neutral sheer white shade, since I wanted the results to last as long as possible. (That, and I'm cheap.) While bright shades are great fun, they do show the tell-tale half-moon sign of cuticle growth far sooner. Manacchio suggested a coat of the opaque milky Romantique followed by a coat of of the sheer shimmer Negligee for a clean yet polished-looking finish that blends the best of both worlds.
Nail Art Galleries : While going through the steps, I gleaned some pretty interesting chit-chat from Manacchio. Turns out, she takes a train from her home in Connecticut to New York every two weeks to refill Kerry Washington's acrylic manicure while the actress has rare down time between Broadway performances of Race. "What, no Shellac for Kerry?" I asked. "No, she needs the extra strength of acrylics," was the insider reply.
Nail Art Galleries : Our conversation was interrupted by the last cycle of the drier ending. It had only been 25 minutes, and I had received the full treatment and was all done.
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Nail Art Galleries : When the mani is finished, you're good to go -- no drying time is needed since your nails have set to a hard, shiny finish. You can even reach right into your handbag to get your keys, which I couldn't help but gingerly do with all fingers protectively splayed, not quite believing that my just-painted-two-minutes-ago nails wouldn't smudge in the process. They didn't.
Nail Art Galleries : On day seven, an overly-zealous vacuuming session broke a nail when the vacuum didn't quite make it under the bed like I expected it to, and my right index finger jammed against the handle. My nail may have survived if I had a thicker traditional gel layer on it, though the break was clean and didn't cause any polish to peel. I snapped a photo for the record, and then filed the nail down -- and no one seemed to be any the wiser to it.
Nail Art Galleries : On the big finale of day 14, I was amazed at how the high-gloss finish was still sparkling and fresh. Even when I've had regular gel manicures, the shiny topcoat dulls after a few days, and I reapply a clear topcoat two or three times to get a lacquered finish comparable to what I had on Shellac's day 14.
Nail Art Galleries : And my lighter colored strategy worked. If you look really closely, you can see that the cuticle grew-out, but it's virtually unnoticeable to other people unless they're particularly nosy. I actually think that CND is playing it safe by claiming this manicure can last two weeks, because I can definitely push at least a week more out of my current nails, if not even more.
Nail Art Galleries : I also think this is a great option for weddings and other events. No need to get up extra early to fit a harried trip to the salon in on the day of a special occasion-- you can instead comfortably Shellac a week before and be confident that your nails will look fresh and unchipped for the big day.
Nail Art Galleries : The one drawback is that similar to its cousin, the gel, Shellac can only be applied in salons. It requires less skill than sculpting a gel nail, but still uses UV and removal technology that is not yet directly available to consumers.