Nail Art Tutorial: Smoky Glitter Nails

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These nails designed by Young Nails’ Greg Salo are the perfect mix of dark and glittery! See how the manicurist created this smoky look.

Step 2 Appy Glitter GelStep 1: Salo began by prepping the model’s nails and applying forms. Using black glittery acrylic, he sculpted a thin free edge.

Step 3 Shape Gel On FormStep 2: Before the acrylic dried completely, he used pinching tongs to create a C-curve.

Step 4 Clear GelStep 3: Next, Salo applied clear acrylic over the entire nail.

Step 5 EmbossingStep 4: Before the clear acrylic dried completely, Salo used a hollow tube to create circular indentations. Using a very wet ball of white acrylic, he filled in the circles.

Step 6 Electric FilingStep 5: Once dry, Salo used an electric file to remove the excess white acrylic, and followed with a hand file to smooth and refine the nail shape.

Step 7 Top CoatStep 6: Swipe with top coat, and done!

[These nails originally appeared on the cover of Nailpro 12/09.]

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