Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Stripes x Four

I can't help it. I'm officially hooked on painting stripes on nails. First it was me, then Judith, Lisette and Shakira. Who's next?!?

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Art Deco. Or Something Like That.

In really proud of these nails. A client came in with a photo and asked me to replicate. We put our own twist on it and came up with these nail designs using Gelish Seafoam, It's A Lily and Black Shadow. The lines were painted with gold acrylic paint.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Mardi Gras in May?

My client had a sweet sixteen Mardi Gras themed party to go to this weekend. She didn't know what she wanted and let me have creative control. So here it is: Shellac and a rockstar gold, green and purple Mardi Gras glitter nail!

Summer Hotness

Rawr! This was done with Essie (have to come back with the name of the color) and Chanel Mimosa on the middle finger.  Hand painted cheetah spots on the middle finger. Booya!

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Neo Hippie Dippie Nails

Marbling with gel is hands down my new favorite nail art technique.  It looks way complicated and wild, but it's really quite simple.  It wasn't my intention to create anything remotely hippie-ish, but it just so happened that the fnished product looks a bit like those shirts the kids on Haight street used to wear back in the 70s.  I think some of them still do, except now they are designer and clean.  Posers!  Alright, enough of my rant.  On with the nails!

Gelish "Copacabana Banana, Shake it Til You Samba and Ooba Ooba Blue" gel with marbling

Stiletto or Almond?

Sculpting nail extensions is tricky business. But I'm getting better! A young client of mine came in and wanted "stiletto" nails.  After chatting, I figured out she really wanted "almond" nails, which are much less severe than "stilettos" (think pointy, sharp and ultra long) and a bit more functional for actually accomplishing simple tasks in (like texting, typing or anything that involves the dexterity of your hands for that matter).

These were done with Young Nails synergy gel on nail forms. Polished with Gelish "It's a Lily" and sprinkled with glitter.  Two hours later and here lies the finished product. Does it get girlier than this??

Gaga for Gel

I haven't posted in so long.  But that doesn't mean I haven't been putting in work! To make up for missed time, here are a few of my favorite gel manicures I've done over the last couple of weeks.

Gelish "Ooba Ooba Blue with hand painted cheetah spots

Young Nails "White 101" with houndstooth and pink gradient glitter

Shellac "Tropix" with a silver glitter accent nail and hand painted cheetah spots 

Young Nails "Green 102" with gold glitter gradient