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Posted on October 29, 2013
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These are my nails inspired by the polish name "Epiphany" for the Next Top Nail Artist competition. You can vote here: http://ntna.nailsmag.com/artists/lauren

Step-by-Step Nail Art Tutorial

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Prepare the natural nails by doing cuticle work, and shaping.

Prepare the natural nails by doing cuticle work, and shaping.  

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Begin with a thin coat of white gel polish.  It does not have to be perfect coverage because most of it will be covered.  Plus, this will keep the nails nice and thin.

Begin with a thin coat of white gel polish. It does not have to be perfect coverage because most of it will be covered. Plus, this will keep the nails nice and thin.  

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Use your artistic skills to paint some wild colorful designs up by the cuticle area.

Use your artistic skills to paint some wild colorful designs up by the cuticle area.  

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Next use clear gel polish to add glitter on top of the artwork.  Encapsulate the art with clear gel topcoat and cure.

Next use clear gel polish to add glitter on top of the artwork. Encapsulate the art with clear gel topcoat and cure.  

5
Remove the inhibition layer, and slightly buff the nails.  Use black acrylic paint to determine where the folds will be in the artwork.

Remove the inhibition layer, and slightly buff the nails. Use black acrylic paint to determine where the folds will be in the artwork.  

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Next paint in the folds with a light grey acrylic paint.  Use a coat of white gel polish on the lower half of the nails, and follow with a matte gel top coat.  Use a glossy gel topcoat on the top of the nails over the artwork.

Next paint in the folds with a light grey acrylic paint. Use a coat of white gel polish on the lower half of the nails, and follow with a matte gel top coat. Use a glossy gel topcoat on the top of the nails over the artwork.  

 
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greatimage - Commented 10 months ago
Wow, I love the nails but I really love the story behind you inspiration for the design.

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