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For a luxe look in little time, try embossing. Surprisingly simple to do, there are multiple ways to create the raised look that is characteristic of embossing, but the initial step is the same: Polish the nail with traditional lacquer or gel. (Keep in mind that if you start with polish, it must be completely dry before you begin your embossing technique.) When it comes to the design, choose black as the base for the most pop; it contrasts nicely with both foil and glitter. Then, once you’ve settled on the look you want, use black gel or black gel paint to create your design. You can also use gel polish, but be aware that you may need to flash cure the product before applying the foil or glitter as it tends to spread. Also, be prepared to experiment before you find perfection. Curing times can vary depending on the product, i.e., if you find that the foil is not sticking, reduce the cure time slightly. Here, a step-by-step approach to nailing the embossed look.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1. Polish the nail with base coat, two coats of soak-off gel and top coat, curing between each coat. Remove any tacky residue.

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2. Using a detail brush, create your design using gel paint. Use a generous amount, as the design should be slightly rounded rather than flat. Cure, but don’t remove the tacky layer.

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3. Using a thin transfer foil, cover the nail with the non-shiny side of the foil. Press firmly over the design. Repeat until you’ve reached the desired effect.npo_image005
4. To finish the nail, apply top coat and cure.

How to Emboss Nails With Glitter

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1. Polish the nail with base coat, two coats of soak-off gel and top coat, curing between each coat. Remove any tacky residue.

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2. Using a detail brush, create your design using gel paint. Use a generous amount, as the design should be slightly rounded rather than flat. Do not cure.

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3. Sprinkle a generous amount of glitter over the design. Then, gently tap the finger to shake off excess. Cure.

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4. To finish the nail, use a small nail brush to dust off any excess glitter. Then, apply a thin top coat and cure.

 

– Carla Collier

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