It's been quite a while since I've had any real time to practice doing nails. So today, when my boyfriend needed time to study for his skydiving test and I was left to my own devices I decided to break out my nail gear. I forgot how much STUFF I have :) But that makes me seriously happy. I decided that it was time to start trying to do sculptured french gels extensions. Aka, the equivalent of doing Pink and White acrylics (on forms, not with tips). I sort of tried to take pictures as I went, but it really didn't work out all that well. I get so excited about DOING nails that I forget to photograph the process. First though - let me show you my new toy. Well, technically I've had it since December but haven't had time to use it. Its a Nail Trainer by Young Nails (there's other brands but this just happened to be the one my local distributor carried so i snatched it up.) It has removable nail tips and bendable fingers/arms that way its kind of like doing it on a person instead of a stiff mannequin hand. The verdict? I absolutely love it. Best $100 I spent in the nail industry... well except for my glitters. Whatever you know what I mean.
So I started off by putting a form on the nail and building out a very thin layer of clear gel to build my nail off of, and then cured it in my UV lamp. Then I removed the form and put on my Pink Cover Gel using the reverse application method and of course cured it too. This just makes it easier to get a nice smile line when you add your white gel.
Then I moved on to applying the White Builder Gel on the clear extension that I built earlier and cured it. I then again added clear gel on top of the entire extension to make sure that the nail was curved and built up in the correct places, cured and then filed smooth into shape. Last, I added a nice gel topcoat and cured for 2 minutes. :) Not too shabby for my 2nd try at Gel pink and whites. I can't wait to get some more time to keep on practicing. It'll be even better when I actually get my desk set up so that I don't have to sit on the floor while doing all of this! Anyway that's it for today. Hope you think the nail is as good as I do. Practice makes perfect!!