As a bonus for the people who are coming to High Road to Education in March here in Las Vegas, or for those who need a little push in that direction, look to the events on Saturday prior to the show.
Gina Silvestro, owner of Gel Essentialz in Rhode Island, and veteran nail tech with many many magazine credits to her name, will be giving a Gel Play class.
Gel Play, from Akzentz, is a highly pigmented gel color with a good viscosity so that you can create most anything you can imagine. I took her class in Rhode Island, and it opened my world to doing more art like faces or characters. Like my snow man!
lol, not bad for my first attempt!!!
Give yourself a reason to come to Las Vegas! Take a class from Gina and experience everything that The High Road to Education has to offer!
Well, I did this event Sunday night and I needed my nails to be perfect, so I decided to try this trick.
I love Gel Play from Akzentz because it is a super highly pigmented. And it is very viscous. It stays where you put it (unless you have huge globs of it!) as you can see by my Palette. I travel with this palette and all the colors stay where they belong!
Since I needed such a little amount of color to cover up my minimal growth, I simply buffed down the edge with a 240 grit soft buffer, cleaned them, applied base coat and cured it, then using a synthetic gel brush applied one good coat of Akzentz Gel Play in Black.
And the final look worked out perfectly! You can’t even really tell that I did this little mini fill with Gel Play colored gel!
Another thank you to Akzentz for having great professional user products to help us stay looking professional!
After looking through the Nails Magazine Nail Art Gallery digital magazine yesterday, I feel like it is a good time to share my own Christmas Nail Art tutorial!
For this finished look you really only need a couple of tools and colors.
Winter Snowflake art
Paint two coats of your favorite winter color using gel color. Cure the appropriate time for each coat. Add a top coat for smoothness.
This design will use a few techniques to create depth in the design. Including this. Sponge on some silver gel color where you want to eventually draw your snowflakes. Cure.
Start by drawing the snowflake that will be “closest” to you at the tip of the fingernail. Remember that it will be larger than the one farther away. Since we want it to appear closer to you, do not drawing the whole snowflake in that area. Just the majority of it with parts running off the edge of the nail.
Complete the first snowflake, then move on to the second one that is in the distance. You will want to make this one complete. Remember to cure each step for the correct amount of time that your product calls for.
Start adding more dimension by placing dots on the very tips of the inside of the snowflake. Making sure the place them at roughly the same spot on the longer pieces. Then finally add dots to the very ends of the snowflake stems. Cure.
I like to add drops of snow over the nail at different spots and in different sizes to make it seems like it is really snowing outside! Cure your smaller dots, then top coat to finish the nails surface. Cure.
Using a nice thick soak off gel like “Gel Play” by Akzentz, apply your crystal to the center of the large snowflake. Make sure it is sealed in nicely.
Ok, now it’s starting to feel like the holiday season.
I figured that since I am going to be in Rhode Island anyway, I might as well take the opportunity to take this class from one of the people I admire in this industry! I am hoping to learn a tons of new things from her.
I did get to see her at The High Road to Education (see more info on it here http://seriouslynails.com/?p=4369) in Las Vegas and it whet my appetite for more instruction with her.
I also adore working with Akzentz Gel Play so this will really be fun for me.
I couldn’t wait to try out some nail art ideas after I received 4 new to me colors from Akzentz in the mail the other day! So here is what I finished with. I love working with these products. If you missed the post with the colors by themselves, here it is http://seriouslynails.com/?p=5464
Here is my finished work.
Nail art using Akzentz new to me colors in both Options Colours and Luxio!
And, here is a little step by step for the thumb nail art that is pictured above.
Step 1: Apply white gel in a chevron at the cuticle area of the nail. Cure.
Step 2: Apply very lightly to the rest of the nail Akzentz Options Colour in “Moody Sunset Chameleon” and cure.
Step 3: Cleanse the whole nail with your favorite cleanser. Using a fine stripping brush and Options Colours in “French Blue” draw fine lines to separate the two colors, then cure.
Step 4: Take your time and draw in your scroll work. I suggest that if your happy with a part of the nail that you are working on, flash cure it. That way you won’t accidentaly smudge your work.
Don’t ask how I know that can happen!!! LOL
Once you are done with your scrolling, apply top coat gel and cure. If you need to, you can apply a second coat so that your finished nail is smooth!
It would be fun to see some work that you all did using this technique. You could add it in the comments or email me!