I know there has been a lot of talk in the industry in regards to the use of chrome pigments and holo pigments. I am not here to agree or disagree with any ones view, but to mention the upside of my testing out chrome and holo pigments.
The one thing that these trends have made me realize is that your work has to be PERFECT! Not even the slightest dip or bump can be left on the nail or it looks like, well, you know!!!
Let’s look at the line of light on this nail.
line of light shows a depression in nail!
And the other thing that I learned, by error, is that if you use a certain no wipe top coat to create the look, you have to use it on all fingers. I did some repairs after I saw my line of light was off and I used a different no wipe top coat. Both work just fine, but I did get different colors out of them! Same base color and holo pigments.
Very slight, but one looks more silver than gold! Good to know for the future. Whether to keep your mani looking perfect or to use it for a different effect!
That’s what I found the be the upside of chrome/holo nails. It makes you do better work!!!!
I got to attend my first ever Quinceanera this last weekend. For those who are unfamiliar as I was here is a definition from Google
What is a Quinceanera Party?
One of the most important celebrations in Mexican culture is the tradition of the quinceañera. This constitutes a ceremony on a girl’s fifteenth birthday to mark her passage to womanhood, to give thanks to God for his blessings, and to present a young woman to the community.
There is a lot of work involved in getting a Quinceanera together. Kind of like planning a wedding actually. There are gowns to be bought, dances to be rehearsed, meals and cakes to be planned and people to invite!
Here is our “Quince Girl” from this weekend.
And the nails that I did for her special occasion!!!
I especially like the middle finger that I did in two different colors of dark blue but created a smoky negative space and then added celophane for a shattered glass effect.
Happy Birthday Aliya …..xoxo
Here is some candid shots of the event.
Yummy, yummy Pazole!
Her little sister, Layla’s shoes!!!
A beautiful gift after the rain!
Her cake. Plus the shoes to take her into womanhood!
It takes a village to raise a child but only two nail techs to create these beauties! lol
Kathy from Couture Nails by Kathy came for a fill and brought her nail supplies and great ideas. We collaborated to create these bad boys!
Thumbs are Sharpie over glitter embedded in hard gel, then sealed.
Pointers are swirls made with Gel Play by Akzentz and top coated with So Jelly tinted top coat by Profile Girls.
Middle fingers are Shellac topped with larger glitter sealed INTO clear gel top coat.
Mirror Effects Gel on the ring finger. We did her gel fill, then used gel to create a 3D swirl. Once we went over it with the Mirror Effect Gel, we realized it wasn’t 3D enough, so went over the swirls with Gel Play after to give it more elevation! We both really like the effect that was created!
Pinkies are CND with Swarovski® crystals in dark and light pink and opal essence.
I picked up one of the new Hello Kitty Gel Colors by OPI while I was in Long Beach at ISSE 2016. “Let’s Be Friends”
“Let’s Be Friends” by OPI in Gel Color
Those of you that know me, realize that I have a severe aversion to pink. Not that I don’t think it’s pretty, it’s simply not a favorite of mine.
I love it in my friends hair, and in nail art, it is so pretty, and on Mary Kay’s Cadillac, but it definitely does NOT look good on me! lol
I was shocked to see that I was drawn to this soft soft almost pastel pinkish white. Maybe because it has more white than pink in???
Or maybe the darned cute wrap that they put on the bottle top of the complete collection. Such great marketing on this one!
Gel Color application is so easy. As long as you have shaken the “heck” out of the bottle you will get smooth application. OPI Gel Color is simply clear gel and color pigments, so you really really really have to shake the day lights out of them to make sure they are blended well. Otherwise you will get streaky coverage and possibly what looks like shrinkage around the cuticle and free edge.
See how lovely and soft of a pink it is!
And then I remembered that I had picked up some neon Sharpies the other day as well. I didn’t realize that they were fine tipped which made my job a little harder (just a note to yourself for the next time you get inspired while at the office supply store!)
Honestly, I think I have tried this technique once about a million years ago, so I had to try it a couple of times before I realized that you can’t spray the alcohol too close to the nail.
So here it goes….apply different colors of Sharpie onto the finished gel color nail.
From a distance of about 5 inches, spray the nail with alcohol to make the Sharpie colors blend together.
I kind of liked the look but thought since I was just experimenting that I would do a little bit of outlining with the Sharpie!
I finished it with gel color top coat and it looked OK…hemmm not too sure about the look but let’s just see how I feel about it in a bit.
PING! Another idea to play with Miss Kitty & a Sharpie dawned on me. How about a french manicure look????
I applied the colors just at the tip. Sprayed it….
then used a pointed gel color brush dipped in remover, cleaned up the edges to form a smile line.
Then I added a light bit of the aqua blue.
With the two designs beside one another and the plain colored nail, I can see a nice design coming out of it. You can see the difference with the top coat and how it “smooths out all the wrinkles!”
One final shot of the art I did with Miss Kitty & a Sharpie!
Let me see what you create with your Sharpies by dropping me a picture in a email OK?