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Akzentz is the sponsor for week #5. They have asked us to create a design on 10 nail tips, a recreation of our favorite decade. I had to think a couple days about which decade I'd like to choose. I love so many, but for different reasons. I decided on the 90s simply because I was in the hay-days of my childhood! I turned 7 in 1990. I have so many fond memories from that decade. It was hard to limit myself. I could have easily created double the tips we were asked for! I really hope you enjoy each nail I have created, because they all come with great memories!

Step-by-Step Nail Art Tutorial

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1.) Using gel polish, coat the tip once thoroughly, and cure.  After wiping off the inhibition layer, buff to remove any shine.  Using a sharp pencil, create a light outline to guide you through your painting.  2.) Using watered down acrylic paints, begin filling in the larger areas of your image. 3.) Using a fine art brush, begin creating the lines for detailed areas. 4.)  Now start to fill in those details using the same brush. 5.)  To ensure crispness of the lines, go back in, and fine tune the image. 6.) Lastly, you can choose to border the rest of the nail tip.  Let dry.  Use a tack free topcoat to seal. **My Memory** 90s Kate Moss was THE supermodel!  To me anyways.  I was trying for a career in runway fashion modeling with Kate being an inspiration.  She was the shortest runway model at the time, measuring at 5'7

1.) Using gel polish, coat the tip once thoroughly, and cure. After wiping off the inhibition layer, buff to remove any shine. Using a sharp pencil, create a light outline to guide you through your painting. 2.) Using watered down acrylic paints, begin filling in the larger areas of your image. 3.) Using a fine art brush, begin creating the lines for detailed areas. 4.) Now start to fill in those details using the same brush. 5.) To ensure crispness of the lines, go back in, and fine tune the image. 6.) Lastly, you can choose to border the rest of the nail tip. Let dry. Use a tack free topcoat to seal. **My Memory** 90s Kate Moss was THE supermodel! To me anyways. I was trying for a career in runway fashion modeling with Kate being an inspiration. She was the shortest runway model at the time, measuring at 5'7". I was measuring at 5'6". I traveled to NYC, and walked the runway at a modeling convention, and was in love with the feeling! But, I ultimately was deemed too short for runway. However, Kate has always remained a source of inspiration for me.  

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1.) Using gel polish, coat the tip once thoroughly, and cure.  After wiping off the inhibition layer, buff to remove any shine.  Using a sharp pencil, create a light outline to guide you through your painting.  2.) Using watered down acrylic paints, begin filling in the larger areas of your image.  The face, and the hair for Edward.  To create depth in the hair, start by using black for it, the drag a mix of grey though it to create a shine effect.  3.) Start creating the larger facial elements, including the darkened area around the eyes.  Mix a few shades of grey, and also use white and black to create depth.  Just keep working it until you see it pop.  4.) Add the eyeballs with a dotting tool, and the mouth using a fine art brush. 5.) Keeping your detailing brush handy, start to define the face, and fix any hair.  You can also refine your shading here.  6.) Using a dark grey, create the lines on Edward's outfit, and add the metal details using metallic, acrylic art paints. Add a border to the tip with black acrylic paints, let dry, then seal with a tack free topcoat.  7.) Using a hard gel, create the shape of the scissorhands.  I noticed that if I create it a tad bigger/wider than needed, I have more room to file to shape after curing.  After you have your shape, use acrylic paints to create the details of the scissors. Use a tack free topcoat to seal the hand. 8.)  Lastly, find the perfect spot to place the hands, and glue into place. Use a glue dryer spray for fast & strong adhesion.  **My Memory** Edward scissorhands released into theaters in 1990.  What a way to start the decade!  I've been a fan of Tim Burton as well as Johnny Depp for quite some time.  Edward Scissorhands is my absolute favorite movie.  I watch it whenever it comes on TV, and I dig that DVD out every now and then if I'm in the mood.  There's something so emotional and also relatable about Edward, that I can't help but get sucked in every single time.  If you have not ever seen it, I highly recommend it.

1.) Using gel polish, coat the tip once thoroughly, and cure. After wiping off the inhibition layer, buff to remove any shine. Using a sharp pencil, create a light outline to guide you through your painting. 2.) Using watered down acrylic paints, begin filling in the larger areas of your image. The face, and the hair for Edward. To create depth in the hair, start by using black for it, the drag a mix of grey though it to create a shine effect. 3.) Start creating the larger facial elements, including the darkened area around the eyes. Mix a few shades of grey, and also use white and black to create depth. Just keep working it until you see it pop. 4.) Add the eyeballs with a dotting tool, and the mouth using a fine art brush. 5.) Keeping your detailing brush handy, start to define the face, and fix any hair. You can also refine your shading here. 6.) Using a dark grey, create the lines on Edward's outfit, and add the metal details using metallic, acrylic art paints. Add a border to the tip with black acrylic paints, let dry, then seal with a tack free topcoat. 7.) Using a hard gel, create the shape of the scissorhands. I noticed that if I create it a tad bigger/wider than needed, I have more room to file to shape after curing. After you have your shape, use acrylic paints to create the details of the scissors. Use a tack free topcoat to seal the hand. 8.) Lastly, find the perfect spot to place the hands, and glue into place. Use a glue dryer spray for fast & strong adhesion. **My Memory** Edward scissorhands released into theaters in 1990. What a way to start the decade! I've been a fan of Tim Burton as well as Johnny Depp for quite some time. Edward Scissorhands is my absolute favorite movie. I watch it whenever it comes on TV, and I dig that DVD out every now and then if I'm in the mood. There's something so emotional and also relatable about Edward, that I can't help but get sucked in every single time. If you have not ever seen it, I highly recommend it.  

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1.) Begin by coating your nail tip with one coat of white gel polish.  Wipe off tacky layer, and buff to remove any shine.  Using a fine striping brush, and watered down acrylic paints, stripe a line diagonally through the middle of the tip.  Begin to create your black stripes, and then fill them in.  Now use your neon acrylic paints to place fun shapes in the white area of the nail.  Let dry.  Seal with a tack free topcoat.  2.) Begin creating your 3D elements using hard gel.  I molded a rectangular shape in hard gel onto a piece of foil, and cured.  Start your Madonna image by creating a light outline with black acrylic paint, and a detail brush.  3.) Fill in the larger areas with the colors you wish using acrylic paints. 4.) Start the detailing in the face & hair.  Don't overload your brush, and be sure to keep your paints smooth by adding a couple drops of water to the mix.  5.) Finish with fine details, and add fun, colorful shapes to the rest of the piece.  6.) For the CD, I began by using hard gel to place a dab onto foil, and work into a flattened circle. (I also used this method to create the Nirvana smiley face.) Cure.  File to shape on the outside edge as well as the top and bottom.  Since the disc is thin, all you need is a sharp ended dotting tool to lightly press through the middle of the disc.  If you prefer to use a charm drill, that works as well, or even a small electric file bit.  7.) Using orange acrylic paint, cover the top of the disc with a couple coats, and let dry completely.  8.) Using light blue acrylic paints, create the words on the disc.  In this case, it's

1.) Begin by coating your nail tip with one coat of white gel polish. Wipe off tacky layer, and buff to remove any shine. Using a fine striping brush, and watered down acrylic paints, stripe a line diagonally through the middle of the tip. Begin to create your black stripes, and then fill them in. Now use your neon acrylic paints to place fun shapes in the white area of the nail. Let dry. Seal with a tack free topcoat. 2.) Begin creating your 3D elements using hard gel. I molded a rectangular shape in hard gel onto a piece of foil, and cured. Start your Madonna image by creating a light outline with black acrylic paint, and a detail brush. 3.) Fill in the larger areas with the colors you wish using acrylic paints. 4.) Start the detailing in the face & hair. Don't overload your brush, and be sure to keep your paints smooth by adding a couple drops of water to the mix. 5.) Finish with fine details, and add fun, colorful shapes to the rest of the piece. 6.) For the CD, I began by using hard gel to place a dab onto foil, and work into a flattened circle. (I also used this method to create the Nirvana smiley face.) Cure. File to shape on the outside edge as well as the top and bottom. Since the disc is thin, all you need is a sharp ended dotting tool to lightly press through the middle of the disc. If you prefer to use a charm drill, that works as well, or even a small electric file bit. 7.) Using orange acrylic paint, cover the top of the disc with a couple coats, and let dry completely. 8.) Using light blue acrylic paints, create the words on the disc. In this case, it's "NO DOUBT." After drying completely, seal with a tack free topcoat. 9.) Since the back of discs are rainbow, I decided to cover it with holographic glitter. Do this by using your tack free top coat. After coating, and before curing, dump your glitter into the wet topcoat, then cure. 10). After creating all of your 3D elements, gather everything and begin to glue it all into place. To create a floating effect on the Madonna element, use a spring from a pen. Cut it according to whatever height you want it to be. Remember, when gluing elements down it is very important to place them exact, and quickly. Use a glue dryer spray. **My Memory** Firstly, who doesn't remember "Strike A Pose" from Madonna for "Vogue?" It released in 1990. I had to add her to my lineup. She's timeless, but the 90's is what I remember most for Madonna. The songs from that decade are forever stuck in my head! Gwen Stefani is my absolute favorite musician. She's always been different, and very stylish in her own way. She taught me to just do what you do! Dress how you feel cool, enjoy life, and never stop creating. This CD is my jam, and I'll never stop listening to it. <3 Nirvana was a staple in my 90s childhood! There wasn't a song I didn't like, and I still rock out to them today.  

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1.) With a piece of foil flattened out, use a pen to draw your M image onto it.  It doesn't matter if it actually draws, as long as it's indented enough for a guide when placing the gel.  Place your hard gel in the M shape, and cure. 2.) Use the same process for the T & V as you did with the M.  3.) Choose the colors of acrylic paint you would like for your letters, and begin to coat them.  You'll need more than one coat.  Be sure to dry in between.  4.) Using a detail brush, ad the fine lines to make the M pop. 5.) Place the T & V in place using glue.  Spray to dry, the use a tack free topcoat to seal. 6.) Double coat your nail tip using black gel polish.  Cure, then wipe off tack layer.  Take your watered down white acrylic paint, and begin painting your shapes on the nail.  Let dry.  7.) Now that your white paint is dry, you can use your neon acrylic paint to go over the white shapes.  Placing the white down first, give the neons the ability to be as bright as possible over the black nail.   Let dry completely.  Seal with a tack free topcoat. 8.) Use your glue to place the Mtv onto the nail tip.  Spray dry. **My Memory** Mtv was so much fun to watch in the 90s, as they actually had M music television 24/7, or pretty close to it.   The Real World also started up in the 1992, and was a big hit in my home!  I wish shows were that real now.

1.) With a piece of foil flattened out, use a pen to draw your M image onto it. It doesn't matter if it actually draws, as long as it's indented enough for a guide when placing the gel. Place your hard gel in the M shape, and cure. 2.) Use the same process for the T & V as you did with the M. 3.) Choose the colors of acrylic paint you would like for your letters, and begin to coat them. You'll need more than one coat. Be sure to dry in between. 4.) Using a detail brush, ad the fine lines to make the M pop. 5.) Place the T & V in place using glue. Spray to dry, the use a tack free topcoat to seal. 6.) Double coat your nail tip using black gel polish. Cure, then wipe off tack layer. Take your watered down white acrylic paint, and begin painting your shapes on the nail. Let dry. 7.) Now that your white paint is dry, you can use your neon acrylic paint to go over the white shapes. Placing the white down first, give the neons the ability to be as bright as possible over the black nail. Let dry completely. Seal with a tack free topcoat. 8.) Use your glue to place the Mtv onto the nail tip. Spray dry. **My Memory** Mtv was so much fun to watch in the 90s, as they actually had M music television 24/7, or pretty close to it. The Real World also started up in the 1992, and was a big hit in my home! I wish shows were that real now.  

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1.  Coat your nail tip with white gel polish,  Cure, and buff out any shine.  To cover the nail I used blue acrylic paint on a sponge.  Do 2 coats, and let dry.  2.) Begin creating your image.  The Mario here is done using the block method.  Use the tip of your detail brush to place each dot.  Start at the top, and go down. 3.) For the ground use a brick color, then a brown to create the details.  Line the top of the bricks, as well as sectioning off the bricks using brown acrylic paint.  You will also place details to the image in this step.  4.) Using black acrylic paint and a fine art brush, line your images.  Seal with a tack free topcoat.  5.)  Using your hard gel create the shape of a Nintendo controller onto a piece of foil.  Cure, then file into shape, and begin detailing it by painting it grey. 6.)  Add all of the other details to the controller using acrylic paint.  Seal using a tack free topcoat. 7). Glue the controller into place on the nail, and spray dry.  **My Memory** I love video games, and my Nintendo was so much fun!  There were nights when my BFF Kelly would come over, and we'd stay up all night trying to beat King Koopa!   I wish I still had it.

1. Coat your nail tip with white gel polish, Cure, and buff out any shine. To cover the nail I used blue acrylic paint on a sponge. Do 2 coats, and let dry. 2.) Begin creating your image. The Mario here is done using the block method. Use the tip of your detail brush to place each dot. Start at the top, and go down. 3.) For the ground use a brick color, then a brown to create the details. Line the top of the bricks, as well as sectioning off the bricks using brown acrylic paint. You will also place details to the image in this step. 4.) Using black acrylic paint and a fine art brush, line your images. Seal with a tack free topcoat. 5.) Using your hard gel create the shape of a Nintendo controller onto a piece of foil. Cure, then file into shape, and begin detailing it by painting it grey. 6.) Add all of the other details to the controller using acrylic paint. Seal using a tack free topcoat. 7). Glue the controller into place on the nail, and spray dry. **My Memory** I love video games, and my Nintendo was so much fun! There were nights when my BFF Kelly would come over, and we'd stay up all night trying to beat King Koopa! I wish I still had it.  

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1.) Coat the tip with white gel polish and buff off the shine. 2.) Using a sponge, dab metallic purple and blue onto the nail.  3.) Begin painting the body of the troll using a mix of white, peach, and brown acrylic paint.  4.) Place a bit of dark brown to your mix to create a slightly darker shade, then us it to create the details on the face.  Add bronze dots for eyes.  5.) Using fur from the craft store, (or the tail of your daughter's Furby.....shhhhhhh), create the hair for the troll.  Place a line/dab of tack free sealer to the top of the head, and place the fur into it.  Be sure to make sure it's in place before curing.  Cure.\n\n6. Seal the design with a tack free topcoat.  Treasure Trolls have crystals for belly buttons, so choose a color, and glue it into place.  Then for an added treasure effect, glue miscellaneous colored and shaped crystals down to the tip of the nail.  Spray dry.

1.) Coat the tip with white gel polish and buff off the shine. 2.) Using a sponge, dab metallic purple and blue onto the nail. 3.) Begin painting the body of the troll using a mix of white, peach, and brown acrylic paint. 4.) Place a bit of dark brown to your mix to create a slightly darker shade, then us it to create the details on the face. Add bronze dots for eyes. 5.) Using fur from the craft store, (or the tail of your daughter's Furby.....shhhhhhh), create the hair for the troll. Place a line/dab of tack free sealer to the top of the head, and place the fur into it. Be sure to make sure it's in place before curing. Cure.\n\n6. Seal the design with a tack free topcoat. Treasure Trolls have crystals for belly buttons, so choose a color, and glue it into place. Then for an added treasure effect, glue miscellaneous colored and shaped crystals down to the tip of the nail. Spray dry.  

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1.)  Use a white gel polish to coat the nail tip once.  Cure, cleanse, and buff off the shine.  Choose your colors, and sponge them on using acrylic paints.  2.) Start creating the planet Saturn by marbling acrylic paint colors in a circle shape.  Wait for it to dry before placing the Saturn ring around the planet.  3.) Use your acrylic paints to create the other images onto the tip.  For the horse, you'll want to paint a white background first.  4.) Choose the colors you wish to use, and begin to fill in the facial features and hair on the horse. 5.) For the Lisa Frank logo, use your white acrylic paint to create the background. 6.) Start filling in your logo using a rainbow of neon colors. Just switch out the colors of paint where you wish, but make sure to mix them together to create a fluid ombre into each color. \n\n7.  Create one butterfly wing using hard gel onto a piece of foil.  Cure. File it to shape, and paint however you wish with your neon rainbow colored acrylic paint.  Topcoat the nail tip using a tack free sealer, then glue the wing into place. Spray dry.  **My Memory** When I was in grade school, Lisa Frank was so crazy popular.  I still love that brand to this day.  I remember a folder I had that was a purple Egyptian cat, and it was so pretty, and full of color!  Her name was

1.) Use a white gel polish to coat the nail tip once. Cure, cleanse, and buff off the shine. Choose your colors, and sponge them on using acrylic paints. 2.) Start creating the planet Saturn by marbling acrylic paint colors in a circle shape. Wait for it to dry before placing the Saturn ring around the planet. 3.) Use your acrylic paints to create the other images onto the tip. For the horse, you'll want to paint a white background first. 4.) Choose the colors you wish to use, and begin to fill in the facial features and hair on the horse. 5.) For the Lisa Frank logo, use your white acrylic paint to create the background. 6.) Start filling in your logo using a rainbow of neon colors. Just switch out the colors of paint where you wish, but make sure to mix them together to create a fluid ombre into each color. \n\n7. Create one butterfly wing using hard gel onto a piece of foil. Cure. File it to shape, and paint however you wish with your neon rainbow colored acrylic paint. Topcoat the nail tip using a tack free sealer, then glue the wing into place. Spray dry. **My Memory** When I was in grade school, Lisa Frank was so crazy popular. I still love that brand to this day. I remember a folder I had that was a purple Egyptian cat, and it was so pretty, and full of color! Her name was "Cleocatra."  

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1.)  Double coat the nail tip using a grey gel polish.  Cure. 2.) Using a black gel polish, drag the brush lightly over the grey nail to create a streaked look.  Cure, and wipe off tacky layer.  3.) Using hard gel, create the shape of a combat boot onto a piece of foil.  Cure, and file it to shape.  4.) Paint your boot black with acrylic paints, and add details using a metallic color for the lace holes.  Use a dark grey to create the seem details.  Gather your elements, including actual flannel, and glue it all into place.  I decided on actual flannel because it really portrays the grunge look of the 90s.   **My Memory** Grunge was so in when I was in middle school.  Flannels, and ripped jeans.  I remember I loved wearing one of my Dad's work shirts.  He was a mechanic.  I don't wear that any longer, but I do wear flannels and  boots.  It's a comforting style, that is making it's way back!

1.) Double coat the nail tip using a grey gel polish. Cure. 2.) Using a black gel polish, drag the brush lightly over the grey nail to create a streaked look. Cure, and wipe off tacky layer. 3.) Using hard gel, create the shape of a combat boot onto a piece of foil. Cure, and file it to shape. 4.) Paint your boot black with acrylic paints, and add details using a metallic color for the lace holes. Use a dark grey to create the seem details. Gather your elements, including actual flannel, and glue it all into place. I decided on actual flannel because it really portrays the grunge look of the 90s. **My Memory** Grunge was so in when I was in middle school. Flannels, and ripped jeans. I remember I loved wearing one of my Dad's work shirts. He was a mechanic. I don't wear that any longer, but I do wear flannels and boots. It's a comforting style, that is making it's way back!  

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1.) Using your hard gel, create a large rectangle, and a smaller rectangle.  This is for your computer element.  2.) After curing, and shaping with a file, paint the details using acrylic paints.  Seal with a tack free topcoat. 3.) Create your 90's sign using hard gel.  Draw your shape onto foil and place the gel in the lines.  Cure, and file to shape. 4.) Paint your sign using black gel polish.  Cure, and remove tacky layer.  Use your white acrylic paint to create the shapes, and to design the

1.) Using your hard gel, create a large rectangle, and a smaller rectangle. This is for your computer element. 2.) After curing, and shaping with a file, paint the details using acrylic paints. Seal with a tack free topcoat. 3.) Create your 90's sign using hard gel. Draw your shape onto foil and place the gel in the lines. Cure, and file to shape. 4.) Paint your sign using black gel polish. Cure, and remove tacky layer. Use your white acrylic paint to create the shapes, and to design the "90s" image. 5.) Remember, you need to use the white first, then add the bright neon colors over it. That way you will notice them pop so much more. Using your acrylic neons, paint over your white design. Seal using a tack free topcoat. 6). Coat your nail tip using white acrylic. Cure then buff out shine. Sponge on your metallic acrylic paint colors. Let dry, then using black acrylic paint, place your random shapes. Seal using a tack free topcoat. 7.) Choose your element placement and glue into place. Make sure to spray dry. **Facts** 1990s - The World Wide Web had only just been invented. The first web browser went online in 1993. Where would we be if it weren't for this fantastic invention!? I also chose to design this computer around one from the 90s. The Macintosh Classic II was built in 1991. It only had a 10MB memory ceiling! What!?  

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1.) Paint your nail tip white with gel polish.  Cure, and remove tacky layer, then buff to remove shine.  Line 1/3 of the nail diagonally with black acrylic paint.  Fill it in, and also stripe the bottom 2/3 with black paint.  2.) Using acrylic paints, begin to paint the shapes in neon on the upper black area.  While those dry, start to paint the words

1.) Paint your nail tip white with gel polish. Cure, and remove tacky layer, then buff to remove shine. Line 1/3 of the nail diagonally with black acrylic paint. Fill it in, and also stripe the bottom 2/3 with black paint. 2.) Using acrylic paints, begin to paint the shapes in neon on the upper black area. While those dry, start to paint the words "AS IF" on the lower section. Paint that in white first, so you'll have an outline as well as a backing for your neon pink. After the white has dried and the shapes have dried, start painting your telephone outline, and inside bits, as well as painting your letters pink. To create the clear look on the phone, you'll need water and white acrylic paint. Water the paint down until it's cloudy, and very wet. dab a brush into the mix, but be sure not to pick up too much. Touch the brush tip to the inside of the phone and it will flow over the design and create a cloudy clear look. Do this twice if you need to. If it rolls out of the design, dry your brush, and use the brush to soak up the excess. 3.) After the cloudy mix dries, place the keypad onto the front of the phone. Let dry. Seal with tack free topcoat. **My Memory** I used to have one of these phones, and I still think they are way cool! As a tween/and teenage girl, I had countless conversations with friends on one of these phones! I'm sure during a few of those conversations you could hear me say "As If!" That saying became popular from the movie Clueless. I'll still belt it out every now and then, just to keep things 90s!  

 
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UrbanGlamNailz - Commented 2 years ago
Your portraits are exquisite 😍
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catewmire - Commented 2 years ago
These are SO GOOD!!!
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TraceyLeeNails - Commented 2 years ago
This is fab Dana! Edward was my absolute fav!!!!
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VeryPolished - Commented 2 years ago
I really like the Edward ScissorHands too!
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Pinkflyingcow - Commented 2 years ago
LOVE your work! :D

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