Vintage Couture NTNA challenge #2

 
 
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Akzentz challenged us to take inspiration from days gone by, and dress up five nail tips on a hand, by making a nail design based on a vintage fashion period or piece. Akzentz supplied us with some amazing products for this challenge, including their Trinity clear Pro-Formance gel, so I knew I wanted to include some negative space after sculpting a set of custom press-ons with the gel, to show off how crystal clear it is! Not to mention, with the chrome Pearlescent Powders and Gel Play glitters, I couldn't help but think of the Golden Age of Hollywood era, in particular, Marilyn Monroe! I have always loved her sense of elegance, sex appeal and class, and that is what comes to mind when I think of Akzentz as a company and their products. Keeping in mind that we were very limited to using embellishments, no more than 10% of the design, and with receiving all the amazing glitters and colors, I would use those and the gel art powder to create my own! I wanted to use all the colors we were supplied with and create new and wearable concepts to showcase the possibilities with their products!

Step-by-Step Nail Art Tutorial

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Look to the web for inspirational photos that best represent the class, elegance, and style of Akzentz gel products.

Look to the web for inspirational photos that best represent the class, elegance, and style of Akzentz gel products.  

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1: Start with freshly manicured nails. 2: Use a protective coat of choice, such as MInx coat, and apply your enhancement form. 3: Using Trinity Clear Pro-Formance Gel, sculpt a beautiful set of crystal clear enhancements. 4: Finish with removing the tacky layer, shaping, and removing the nails to begin the dressing up.

1: Start with freshly manicured nails. 2: Use a protective coat of choice, such as MInx coat, and apply your enhancement form. 3: Using Trinity Clear Pro-Formance Gel, sculpt a beautiful set of crystal clear enhancements. 4: Finish with removing the tacky layer, shaping, and removing the nails to begin the dressing up.  

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1: Paint the design on using Black-On, and your favorite detailing brush to get the design perfect. Cure, repeat, and cure again. 2: Apply Gel Play Pearlescent Gold Powder to the design using a makeup sponge. Top with Shine-On. 3: Paint on details using Gel Play paints in Brown, Golden Nugget, and Silver Sand using your choice of detail brush. Cure. 4: Mix Options Aurora Pearl with the Gel Art Powder on a step and repeat mat to create a 3D round embelishment. Grab a little dollop of the mixture with a 3D art brush, apply to the nail, and form into a ball. Cure. 5: Top the entire nail with Shine-On, add a few small gold embellishments around the 3D ball, and cure.

1: Paint the design on using Black-On, and your favorite detailing brush to get the design perfect. Cure, repeat, and cure again. 2: Apply Gel Play Pearlescent Gold Powder to the design using a makeup sponge. Top with Shine-On. 3: Paint on details using Gel Play paints in Brown, Golden Nugget, and Silver Sand using your choice of detail brush. Cure. 4: Mix Options Aurora Pearl with the Gel Art Powder on a step and repeat mat to create a 3D round embelishment. Grab a little dollop of the mixture with a 3D art brush, apply to the nail, and form into a ball. Cure. 5: Top the entire nail with Shine-On, add a few small gold embellishments around the 3D ball, and cure.  

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1: Paint the nail with 1 coat of Gel Play Lace White. 2: On a step and repeat mat, mix Gel Play Paint Red with Gel Art Powder. 3: Start to form rose petals, curing between each layer. 4: Mix small batches of Options Blue Eclipse, Options Celestial Orchid, Gel Play Glitter Shifter Coral, and Options Aurora Pearl with Gel Art Powder and use a 3D brush to make necklace style embellishments, and cure. 5: Apply Matte-On on the rose, cure. Then apply Shine-On to the rest of the nail and 3D designs, add a few caviar beads, and cure.

1: Paint the nail with 1 coat of Gel Play Lace White. 2: On a step and repeat mat, mix Gel Play Paint Red with Gel Art Powder. 3: Start to form rose petals, curing between each layer. 4: Mix small batches of Options Blue Eclipse, Options Celestial Orchid, Gel Play Glitter Shifter Coral, and Options Aurora Pearl with Gel Art Powder and use a 3D brush to make necklace style embellishments, and cure. 5: Apply Matte-On on the rose, cure. Then apply Shine-On to the rest of the nail and 3D designs, add a few caviar beads, and cure.  

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1: Apply one coat of Options Aurora Pearl, cure. Then apply Matte-On. 2: Using a detail brush and Options Blue Moon, paint on lines to resemble a sash style scarf. 3: Create a jeweled embellishment by mixing Gel Art Powder with Gel Play Paint in Brown, and sculpt a broach. Cover with Black-On, cure, and apply Gel Play Pearlescent Gold Powder. Make it sparkle with a dollop of Options Aurora Pearl in the center, and cure. 4: Draw on a few more detail lines using Gel Play Paint in White, cure. 5: Apply Shine-On, but ONLY to the

1: Apply one coat of Options Aurora Pearl, cure. Then apply Matte-On. 2: Using a detail brush and Options Blue Moon, paint on lines to resemble a sash style scarf. 3: Create a jeweled embellishment by mixing Gel Art Powder with Gel Play Paint in Brown, and sculpt a broach. Cover with Black-On, cure, and apply Gel Play Pearlescent Gold Powder. Make it sparkle with a dollop of Options Aurora Pearl in the center, and cure. 4: Draw on a few more detail lines using Gel Play Paint in White, cure. 5: Apply Shine-On, but ONLY to the "sash" design and broach, cure.  

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1: Mix a small amount of Shine-On with Gel Play White on a step and repeat mat to create a more shear white, and apply to the nail, cure. Apply Gel Play Pearlescent Silver Powder to the nail. Coat with Matte-On and cure. 2: Paint roses with Gel Play White, cure. 3: Paint a thin border with Gel Play in Black around entire nail, and a small line at the cuticle with Gel Pay in Red. 4: Top entire nail with Matte-On, and cure. 5: Mix Gel Play Red with Gel Art  Powder and then create a ruffle at the cuticle area. Using more Gel Art Powder and Options Aurora Pearl, finish off the look with a small sparkled bead, and place a small amount of Shine-on on the bead.

1: Mix a small amount of Shine-On with Gel Play White on a step and repeat mat to create a more shear white, and apply to the nail, cure. Apply Gel Play Pearlescent Silver Powder to the nail. Coat with Matte-On and cure. 2: Paint roses with Gel Play White, cure. 3: Paint a thin border with Gel Play in Black around entire nail, and a small line at the cuticle with Gel Pay in Red. 4: Top entire nail with Matte-On, and cure. 5: Mix Gel Play Red with Gel Art Powder and then create a ruffle at the cuticle area. Using more Gel Art Powder and Options Aurora Pearl, finish off the look with a small sparkled bead, and place a small amount of Shine-on on the bead.  

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1: On a step and repeat mat, mix a little bit of Shine-On with Gel Play in Black to create a sheer appearance, and paint 2/3 of the nail, cure. 2: Using Gel Play Black and a detail brush of choice, paint a criss cross pattern on the sheer black and cure. 3: Use a gel brush to paint Gel Play Black at the top 1/3 of the nail, cure. 4: Apply Matte-On to the criss cross portion of the nail, cure, and then wipe tacky surface with IPA. Add a layer of Black-On to the top 1/3 of the nail, cure. Using a makeup sponge, carefully apply Gel Play Pearlescent Silver Powder to the top 1/3 of the nail, and coat with Shine-On. 5: Use a detail brush to apply Gel Play Glitter Silver as an outline around the

1: On a step and repeat mat, mix a little bit of Shine-On with Gel Play in Black to create a sheer appearance, and paint 2/3 of the nail, cure. 2: Using Gel Play Black and a detail brush of choice, paint a criss cross pattern on the sheer black and cure. 3: Use a gel brush to paint Gel Play Black at the top 1/3 of the nail, cure. 4: Apply Matte-On to the criss cross portion of the nail, cure, and then wipe tacky surface with IPA. Add a layer of Black-On to the top 1/3 of the nail, cure. Using a makeup sponge, carefully apply Gel Play Pearlescent Silver Powder to the top 1/3 of the nail, and coat with Shine-On. 5: Use a detail brush to apply Gel Play Glitter Silver as an outline around the "chromed" area. Using a dotting tool, apply the Glitter Silver also on down the middle of the criss cross sheer portion, and then cure. Apply Shine-On to the top 1/3 of the nail and on the dots ONLY on the sheer portion, and cure.  

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1: Take a look at your overall design and see if you need any finishing touches! 2: Add some more 3D ball embellishments, made with the beautiful Options Aurora Pearl mixed with Gel Art Powder, as made in Step 3, and finish them with a dollop of Shine-On.

1: Take a look at your overall design and see if you need any finishing touches! 2: Add some more 3D ball embellishments, made with the beautiful Options Aurora Pearl mixed with Gel Art Powder, as made in Step 3, and finish them with a dollop of Shine-On.  

 
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Toniperiatt - Commented 10 months ago
Stunning work as always. I love the clean feel of the designs you have chosen. Great flow from nail to nail.The detail of each nail having a tone to compliment the one before. Well Done! Looking forward to the next challenge submission by you!
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leezahh - Commented 10 months ago
Love!

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