By Dawn Foreman. Winter Nail. Published at Thursday, October 01st, 2020 - 20:14:22 PM.
In Japan 3D manicure nail art has really taken the world by storm. In this technique actual charms are fastened to the nail and sculpture powder is used to produce a unique 3D look. From opaque polish to pearls funky geometric shapes and comic book art anything goes in this art form. Manicure Nail Art Goes Digital While many nail technicians can create sophisticated masterpieces with a free-hand technique using sharp brushes or by employing a stencil a new digitized method in nail art application has been introduced. The nails are cleaned and trimmed just as they would be for a normal manicure and a base coat is laid on and left to dry. Thereafter a special polish is applied to allow the nail design to adhere properly. While it sets a design can be selected by the client. Next the clients hand is placed in a cradle under a machine that sprays the design from the printer onto the nails. The printer is set to stop the process should the client accidentally move their hand. Although most machines have a wide selection of nail art designs to choose from it is also possible for the client to create their own motif and have it scanned into the machine.
Orange sticks are also useful for pushing back cuticles if you are careful as this has a flat edge at one end. The other end is pointed so this can be used for cleaning underneath the nails but for hygiene its best to throw them away after each use. One of the most important pieces of equipment is a good nail file. Now these come in many different materials. Most people use an emery board which is made from sandpaper but the grit wears quickly or falls off so these dont last that long. The glass nail file is a relatively new type that is now on the market. This type has been guaranteed never to wear out. This type has a bonus too. Research shows that with regular correct use your own nails will actually strengthen and it also helps reduce chipping and splitting.
After trying loads of different brands Ive found that its so important to invest in good quality nail polish. These are more expensive but theyre worth it cos they last longer dry faster and dont get lumpy. Ive had such bad experiences with cheap nail polish that now Im just sticking to brands that Ive used before (and like) and reputable brands. Orly OPI China Glaze Sally Hansen and Essie are some of the good ones. Its also a good idea to test out polish from a brand youve not tried before buying it.
History of Nail Art The practice of nail decoration has existed for the last 5000 years and can be traced to the people of India who embellished their nails with henna. Now fast forward to 1932 when the French company Revlon released its first nail polish. It was available in a wide variety of shades and used pigments instead of dyes. Since the 1930s nail art as come a long way. The technique of airbrushing nails is still relatively new. It includes an airbrushing machine designed to perform manicure nail art which works with a compressor to create innovative and elegant patterns and designs on the nails.
HOW TO USE: Find a plastic sheet and drop a few blobs of nail polish onto it. I like to use name cards that are hard and feel a bit plasticky for this cos theyre small and disposable. Dip the round nib of your dotter into the polish. Try doing a few dots on the sheet/name card till you get the right size and consistency that you want. Do the same onto the surface of your nail. Be careful not to use too much pressure that may cause the dots to look deformed. Remember to clean them after use and dry thoroughly. These tools are made of metal and susceptible to rusting.
Kits: Nail art kits are useful for beginners as they give you everything you need to get started. They will usually contain the top and base coats polish and colours special brushes or dotting tools different patterns stickers and pins for the designs and possibly sometimes stones jewels or glitter depending on the kit. You may even want to get a kit with nail art pens that allow for you to draw directly onto the nail getting a totally unique design of your own.
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