NTNA Week 3 Challenge - The LA Manicure

 
 
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Posted on September 16, 2014
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My LA French manicure is inspired by the glitz and glam of Hollywood. It represents the classic beauty of old world Hollywood with a fresh, modern day twist. It's versatile enough to wear during the day and easily transitions to an elegant evening manicure just like Orly's original French mani. I used a combination of gel polish, nail polish and acrylic paint to create this design. Here's how you can get this look...

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Clean and prepare nails for application. Begin by applying your half moon french using gel polish and cure. I have chosen white for all of the nails except for the ring fingers, where I have used black to create a feature.

Clean and prepare nails for application. Begin by applying your half moon french using gel polish and cure. I have chosen white for all of the nails except for the ring fingers, where I have used black to create a feature.  

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Apply a section of gold on each nail using polish and allow to dry.

Apply a section of gold on each nail using polish and allow to dry.  

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Using gel polish, paint three vey thin black lines(white for ring fingers) widthways on your gold polish.

Using gel polish, paint three vey thin black lines(white for ring fingers) widthways on your gold polish.  

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With a double ended dotting tool (two sizes) and either polish or acrylic paint apply small black dots through the centre line and three large dots (droplets) below the gold section. (Remember to use the opposite colors for the ring fingers.)

With a double ended dotting tool (two sizes) and either polish or acrylic paint apply small black dots through the centre line and three large dots (droplets) below the gold section. (Remember to use the opposite colors for the ring fingers.)  

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Apply a tiny white dot to the centre of each black dot you created in the previous step and a smaller gold dot into the three droplets.

Apply a tiny white dot to the centre of each black dot you created in the previous step and a smaller gold dot into the three droplets.  

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Create a scalloped edge effect by applying more dots to the top black line and add some additional dots close to the free edge as pictured.

Create a scalloped edge effect by applying more dots to the top black line and add some additional dots close to the free edge as pictured.  

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Next apply some very small dots to outline and highlight your droplets.

Next apply some very small dots to outline and highlight your droplets.  

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Finish your design with top coat gel polish and complete the look with some ss3 sized Swarovski crystals to the three droplets on each nail to add a touch of bling.

Finish your design with top coat gel polish and complete the look with some ss3 sized Swarovski crystals to the three droplets on each nail to add a touch of bling.  

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dmc4586 - Commented 2 years ago
These are amazing! I cant get mine to upload :(
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cookiecr8zy - Commented 2 years ago
lovely!
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NailArtFanatic - Commented 2 years ago
Gorgeous
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LemonDropNomad - Commented 2 years ago
These look eerily similar to an original design by IG artist @ra_dina. I wonder where you're getting your "inspiration."
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urbanbliss - Commented 2 years ago
@LemonDropNomad I have not seen this artists work before. This technique using a dotting tool is not something myself nor @ra_dina pioneered I am certain. I came up with my design by myself, but thanks for the rude accusation anyway!
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Anyelsnails - Commented 2 years ago
Girl this is amazing, doesn't matter if you take idea from some one else this work is fabulous congrat
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bigmama08079 - Commented 2 years ago
ISN'T THE POINT OF "POSTING" NAILART IS THAT SOMEONE MAY NOT ONLY SEE IT BUT MAY WANT TO TRY AND COPY IT OR PUT THEIR OWN SPIN ON IT...KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK
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MissM - Commented 2 years ago
No worries from non-professionals comments! lol Keep up the great work & thank you for sharing!!πŸ’…πŸ‘πŸ‘
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Mrs_Nail_Lady - Commented one year ago
I'm in love. They look so elegant and clasy. Great work.:)

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