I met a gal in California who has 33 years experience as a nail tech! Congratulations Liz…thank you for sticking with this industry for so long (and mentoring younger nail techs)
from Nails Magazine!
We got to talking about sponging on gel and if it could be done. I have tried it before with little success. But as we were talking about it, I had a thought.
You see the problem with sponging on gel is two fold. First, it is slippery and a bit sticky. Those things will make the gel either slide around when you sponge or leave “pits” in the gel polish.
Well, this is what I came up with. For ease, here is a step by step. After prepping the nail, apply base gel and cure. Once cured, lightly dab the top sticky to make it a little less wet. DO NOT completely remove.
Step 1) Load (lots of gel) onto your sponge in all three colors. Instead of dabbing onto the nail , with steady but light pressure, ROLL it across the nail to get good coverage. Cure.
2) Reload the sponge with plenty of gel, and roll again. Cure.
3) Wipe off the moist surface residue. Use a 220/280 Flex Buffer to smooth out the surface without removing the color. (be gentle)
4) Cleanse and apply top coat. Cure. Apply a second top coat and cure.
I would be really interested to see if you all have a good experience trying this technique. Let me know and share your pics with me if you want.
My email is firstname.lastname@example.org or you can leave a comment in the section below.
My newly married friend came in after a month to have her nails done.
She showed me a picture of what she wanted, and I attempted it. Although I didn’t have the right color glitter, this is the final product. It took me longer than I liked so I gave her a little present under thumb nail and her pointer finger on her other hand!
Happy Friday, thank you for your patience Amanda (or should I say Mrs. Gramling!)
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.
How many of you have chased crystals to pick them up? Who has been witness to the “lick & stick” method of applying crystals or charms? (So professional right?!?!?!)
Well, Kellie DeFries, The Crystal Ninja & Authorized Swarovski Instructor, has a invention that will make your nail art crystal placement so easy. And your craft projects too.
Having set literally 1000’s of crystal, Kellie figured out the perfect tool for picking up and placing crystals.
Here is her invention. The Crystal Katana!!!!
Use the patent pending rubbery end to pickup your crystal or charm, flip the Katana around to use the metal end to place it in the perfect spot! (Trust me, use the metal end. I ruined one of my Katana’s by getting gel on it and letting it cure…eeekkk)