Tuesday, March 29, 2011


I added "pixie stix" from sparklesnailproducts on these nails.

This is the most beautiful metallic coral powder acrylic from young nails. It has some sparkle in it that you just have to see in person.

I added a snakeskin print on the ring fingers on these nails. You can watch a tutorial on how to do this at youngnails.com click on Get Educated.

This is fimo clay from kennickkreations.com The acrylic is a glitter fade I created with 2 colors from artglitter.com in barbies and cotton candy.

I mixed 3 different glitters from sparklesnailproducts.com I added it on top of purple lame' glitter from artglitter.com

I created a little 3d flower and caterpillar on the thumb nail. So cute!

This is glitter #68 shinedown from sparklesnailproducts.com

Friday, March 18, 2011


Colorful french toenail polish design

Colorful french toe nails white tips
french toe nails, originally uploaded by miyoko77us.
Colorful french toe nails white tips

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

St. Patric Manicure

Getting ready for St. Patric Day!!! Tomorrow giong out for some green beer :)

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Toes with 3d Stars Nail art

3D stars nail design for toe nails
TOES with NAIL ART, originally uploaded by Troy Richard Salon.
3D stars nail design for toe nails

Saturday, March 12, 2011


Friday, March 11, 2011

Nail Artist: The Process of Having Attractive Nails

Do you ever wonder how the celebrities have the perfect nails when you see them in photo shoots, red carpet events and in magazine? Well this is simply because they have a good nail artist to do their manicures and pedicures and they get to be paid well. But you don't need to look for a manicure artist for the celebrities; any manicure artist can do what you ask them too. Doing manicures and pedicures take skill and if you tell them what you want your nail to look like, they can easily do it for you.

The first process to achieving attractive nails is getting them cleaned. Your manicure artist will remove your old polish first by using a polish remover and cotton. All remaining old nail polish should be removed. Now, she can soak your nail in water to soften your cuticle and nails. After a few minutes, she can now cut your nails to your desired length. Tell your nail artist specifically how long you want your nails to be. Now, your nails will be filed to get the desired shape.
Once she has cut it, it is now time to get your old cuticles out. She will need a pusher and a cuticle remover solution to get it out. Your nail artist must be gentle and doing this as to not scrap of any other deeper than your old cuticles. You must also check how soft and hard she is when he pushes the cuticle off.
After this, it is time to use the nail clippers to remove the extra tags of your skin beside it. This is the dry and hard portions of the side of it and getting them out will make it feel lighter and cleaner all around. Once this is done, you are now ready for some paint. Choose a nail polish that you like depending on your mood that day or if it needs to be matched with your dress. If there are many colors to choose from, you can ask the manicure artist to test it first so you will know the actual color.
To apply the nail polish coats, 2-3 times depending on the nail polish. Normally, it is the top and base coat. The base coat consists of one layer of nail polish and once it is dry, another coat of colored polish is painted over. This will make your nail polish stronger and not easy to remove when scratched. You can opt for glossy finish too.
Today, there are many nail art that you can put on your nails. There are nail stickers you can easily stick. But what most is raving about is how a nail artist can paint designs onto your nails. Imagine having a very small canvas and having to paint a character there using just nail polish. It really takes skill and effort so you need to pay your nail artist well if you have this done.
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Nail Tips and Art - Enhancing Your Nails

Gel nails
Gel nails, or gel systems as they are also called, are a newer type of nail enhancement that are created by applying layers of resin to the nail; these layers combine and harden to form a solid nail. Depending on the formula a particular nail technician uses, nails are hardened with an ultraviolet curing light or under ordinary room lighting. Gel nails are among the most natural-looking of the nail enhancements - something to keep in mind if you want nails that look like your own, only longer and stronger.
Using nail tips
Nail tips are one of the oldest forms of nail enhancements. Preformed plastic nail shapes are applied to the natural nail plate with nail glue. Sometimes they cover the nail from the cuticle to the end, but more frequently they are applied midway down the nail plate. To get a smoother finish, some nail techs may apply acrylics, gel, or wraps over either the natural "untipped" nail or both the natural nail and the newly affixed nail tip. The entire shape is then sanded and filed into the length and shape you want.
Nail art
Perhaps you're a showy type, someone who loves to express herself through her appearance. For you, a shockingly bright, trendy-colored nail isn't enough. You want to set yourself apart from the manicured crowd. From the sound of it, you are a nail art kind of gal. Nail art is not so much a way to augment nails' length as it is a way to enhance their appearance.
There are several ways you can dress up nails. Decals - much like the decals you got from boxes of sugared cereal, and stuck on windows or your own body as a kid - are an easy way to add whimsy to your nails. Most nail salons have a selection of seasonal (jack o'lanterns, snowflakes) as well as standard (roses, stars) designs. These are embedded in slightly sticky nail color. When nail color is dry, a swipe of top coat keeps decals secure.
Decorative nails
Nail jewelry can be expensive 14-karat gold, but it is usually made of cheaper silver ­or gold-colored metals. Most nail jewelry comes in simple designs, such as initials, stars, and hearts; it is applied just like nail decals. For those with very long nails, there is another type of nail jewelry: earrings for nails. If you're interested, your nail technician will actually pierce one of your nails and install a stud or a small hoop. Nail detailing, sometimes simply called nail art, uses extra-fine paintbrushes and several colors of nail polish, which your nail technician uses to paint scenes onto the nail. The finished product depends greatly on your nail technician's skill as a fine artist.

Manicure Nail Art - From Revlon to Revolutionary

Every kind of art has its day in the sun. From Andy Warhol's pop art phenomenon to tattoos and body art, there always seems to be a new art form emerging that allows people to express their individuality and creativity.
Tattoos are still a very popular art form, yet a new kind of body art, often referred to as manicure nail art, has taken the stage. Manicurists who perform nail art on their clients must rely on their artistic skills, combining together creativity, precision, and an eye for detail. Nail decorations can be applied to natural nails, as well as on gel and acrylic nails.
History of Nail Art
The practice of nail decoration has existed for the last 5000 years and can be traced to the people of India who embellished their nails with henna. Now fast forward to 1932, when the French company Revlon released its first nail polish. It was available in a wide variety of shades and used pigments instead of dyes.
Since the 1930s, nail art as come a long way. The technique of airbrushing nails is still relatively new. It includes an airbrushing machine designed to perform manicure nail art, which works with a compressor to create innovative and elegant patterns and designs on the nails.
Popular Designs
Typically, a manicure involves the application of nail polish, but there are several nail art techniques that can be added to the vibrant coat of paint. Many nail salon technicians are adept in applying decals, stickers, gems, glitter and flowers onto the nails. Some individuals go so far as to have their nails pierced in order to insert small hoops and studs. Many nail enthusiasts choose to have acrylic or gel nails put on before having any nail art done. The shiny acrylic enhances the designs. Some nail art trends include affixing motifs for specific holidays, such as pumpkins for Halloween, hearts for Valentine's Day, and snowflakes or holly for the Christmas holidays.
In Japan, 3D manicure nail art has really taken the world by storm. In this technique, actual charms are fastened to the nail and sculpture powder is used to produce a unique 3D look. From opaque polish, to pearls, funky geometric shapes and comic book art, anything goes in this art form.
Manicure Nail Art Goes Digital
While many nail technicians can create sophisticated masterpieces with a free-hand technique using sharp brushes, or by employing a stencil, a new digitized method in nail art application has been introduced. The nails are cleaned and trimmed, just as they would be for a normal manicure, and a base coat is laid on and left to dry. Thereafter, a special polish is applied to allow the nail design to adhere properly. While it sets, a design can be selected by the client. Next, the client's hand is placed in a cradle under a machine that sprays the design from the printer onto the nails. The printer is set to stop the process should the client accidentally move their hand. Although most machines have a wide selection of nail art designs to choose from, it is also possible for the client to create their own motif and have it scanned into the machine.
Permanent Nail Art
Although manicure nail art is available at most nail salon nowadays, some individuals prefer to stop by the tattoo parlour instead. They forgo coats of polish and glittery decals and opt to get their nails tattooed. The design is etched into the nail via a single-needle tattoo machine. The surface of the nail is penetrated thousands of times per minute to embed micro-pigmentation. The tattoo will only last until it is clipped off, so there is no need to worry about loving that particular design for the rest of your days.
Tips for Maintenance
If there ever was an ephemeral art form, manicure nail art is it. Once your nail grows out, or the acrylic or gel nail needs to be removed, the artistry is lost. Many women get their nails done on a regular basis, but there are ways to make your masterfully manicured nails last a little longer. Applying a top coat after they are done, and every couple of days afterwards, will keep them looking like new. Moreover, use cuticle oil every other day to maintain nail health. When doing chores and tasks that can damage your hands, protect your nails from chips, dents or cracks by wearing gloves.
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