Whimsical Hand-Painted Nail Art by Fariha Ali

Artist: Fariha Ali @nailjob
Crafting whimsical, hand-painted designs is easy with gel paint, thanks to its super-thick consistency and heavy pigmentation. “Use just enough product so your brush doesn’t stagger, but no more than that,” says Ali. “Gel paint has a high level of pigmentation that makes it harder to cure, and you don’t want to spend a long time on a set of nails only to have them peel hours later because the gel didn’t cure properly.”



Step 1:

1. Apply gel base coat and two coats of white gel polish, curing after each.

Step 2:

2. Use a detail brush to paint a square with two sloping sides with red gel paint. Cure.

Step 3:

3. Paint the outline of a can around the red square with black gel paint. Then, paint a circle with white gel paint at the center of the can. Cure.

Step 4:

4. Paint text with white and black gel paint. Then, add detail to the can with black gel paint. Cure. To finish, apply gel top coat and cure.

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