I hope everyone is having a wonderful February. I have an easy rose technique to share with you today.
All the samples are done over one coat of LeChat Black Velvet gel polish with the sticky layer intact. For this first sample I will be using Moyra Magic Foil to apply into the sticky layer. Magic Foil is a super thin foil which transfers effortlessly into the tacky layer of most gel polishes or paints but if your polish has a really ‘slippery’ inhibition layer you may need to dry wipe a little of it off or the foil won’t transfer. I cut off a little section of foil and then lightly tapped it onto the surface of the nail in random areas, leaving some black showing to go with the red/black theme. I then topped with a coat of Akzentz Shine On topcoat and cured. For lasting, everyday wear, top with a second coat.
The next sample will feature the beautiful colored chrome flakes from Social Claws. I’m using Ruby from the Sprites collection and I applied them into the sticky layer, again leaving some black showing. I picked up a small amount of the flakes with my brush and lightly placed them onto the nail and then pressed them flat with my finger and then topped with 2 coats of topcoat.
Now for the rose design! I used the wet layer technique (applying gel polish color into wet gel layer which results in the color spreading or ‘blooming’ resulting in a beautiful fading effect) which I think you’ll find easy to do. I will note that I did experiment a bit with the products I had on hand to see which worked well for this technique as I did not have any specialty gels marketed for this effect. The point is, you may already have polishes in your collection that will work perfectly fine without having to spend more money for ‘special’ gels. 😉
For this first sample, I worked in sections to help contain the spread, I wanted two separate areas without everything running into a big blobby mess. I used Akzentz Black On no-wipe black gel polish and painted a section at the bottom of the nail and did NOT cure. Using a fine liner brush, I picked up a tiny dot of Cuccio Verona Lace (white) gel polish and drew a small center swirl into the wet black layer. It should immediately start to spread out creating a fading effect, I continued painting the petals around the center one. I like to place the dot down and then draw out the points. I didn’t worry if the ends looked round as I was going to outline them later. Once I drew all the petals and they had spread to my liking, I did a full cure to lock it in. Next, I painted the Black On on the top section and draw my petals as before and then cured. The next step is the outline, this will help give the rose some added dimension. I used Akzentz White On no wipe white gel polish and the fine liner brush to outline a small amount along the INSIDE edge of the petals and then cured. Now for the magic! I used Ranger Alcohol Ink in Poppyfield and sponged it onto the entire surface of the nail, making sure to get an even coat…it’s best to dab not wipe. You can immediately see how dimensional the rose looks! I let the ink dry (it will be slightly tacky) and then FLOATED on a coat of topcoat (over brushing can remove the ink) and cured. Again, for everyday wear, you’ll need to apply 2 coats. When using alcohol inks, be sure to mask off the skin to avoid staining.
For this last sample, I painted the top section and did the rose technique as above, cured and applied the outline and cured. I then applied the Ruby Chrome Flakes into the tacky layer on the bottom section, careful not to get any flakes on the rose, and then pressed the flakes flat with my finger. I then sponged the red alcohol ink onto the rose, let dry and then topped with topcoat. There you have the completed Valentine design.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing this technique and that you give it a try, it really is super easy and the results are beautiful!
All products I have used are linked below, should you wish to purchase something and for those visual learners I’ve included my video demo. I hope everyone has a very happy Valentine’s day!
❣️LeChat Black Velvet – http://amzn.to/2GWPBQj
❣️Akzentz Black On – https://goo.gl/LcB6kx
❣️Diamond top liner brush – https://goo.gl/bBfZmx