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Posted on September 18, 2013
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One of the best things about nail art is that you can look at a nail and wonder about the processes used to achieve the look.

This challenge was about creating a 3D nail look that would fit in with the theme "mysterious." I love animal prints and designs based in nature, so my nails are amphibious and scaly, much like the Loch Ness monster. I hope you enjoy!

Step-by-Step Nail Art Tutorial

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Begin with a prepped nail. Apply gel polish basecoat and two coats of a black gel polish.

Begin with a prepped nail. Apply gel polish basecoat and two coats of a black gel polish.  

2
Using a dark green shimmer gel (like Entity 1 Color Couture in Sea Me On The Marquee) apply a thin coat across the nail, leaving the sidewalls black. Apply a second coat just to the center third of the nail.

Using a dark green shimmer gel (like Entity 1 Color Couture in Sea Me On The Marquee) apply a thin coat across the nail, leaving the sidewalls black. Apply a second coat just to the center third of the nail.  

3
Using a turquoise jeweled gel polish (like Entity 1 Color Couture in Jewel Tones) apply a thin coat of color just at the center of the nail, creating an ombré effect from the center to the sides. Apply second coat in thin stripe at center of nail.

Using a turquoise jeweled gel polish (like Entity 1 Color Couture in Jewel Tones) apply a thin coat of color just at the center of the nail, creating an ombré effect from the center to the sides. Apply second coat in thin stripe at center of nail.  

4
Apply gel top coat to the nail and cure. Remove tacky layer. Begin applying large dots of a non-levelling sculpting gel to the center of the nail. Flash cure to set. As you work your way outwards, make the dots smaller.

Apply gel top coat to the nail and cure. Remove tacky layer. Begin applying large dots of a non-levelling sculpting gel to the center of the nail. Flash cure to set. As you work your way outwards, make the dots smaller.  

5
Place smaller and smaller gel dots on the outer edges of the nail plate. Flash cure after every few dots to avoid gel running together. Once finished placing gel dots, cure and remove tacky layer. You're done!

Place smaller and smaller gel dots on the outer edges of the nail plate. Flash cure after every few dots to avoid gel running together. Once finished placing gel dots, cure and remove tacky layer. You're done!  

 
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