Sunday, February 1, 2015

Nail Technology: Week 1

Hi everyone!  As most of you know, I recently started attending school for nail technology.  My first week was so much fun!  On my first day, I received my OPI Nail Tech Kit.  The kit is so large that it was a little overwhelming, but super exciting!

I spent my first week practicing filing nail shapes, applying silk wraps, and forming full nail acrylics.  The nail shaping was something I was definitely already familiar with, but it was a lot of fun to get to play around the shaping, since I always keep my own nails squared off.  The silk wraps were new to me though.  I really enjoyed doing them, and am looking forward to being able to repair nail cracks this way.  I was a little nervous about trying my hand at acrylics for the first time, but it came much more easily that I thought it might.

I am really looking forward to next week's lessons.  I am so happy to be in school for something I already love so much!  I'll keep you updated weekly!

Above is my first set of full nail acrylics.  

Of course, I had to add a little polish, so I applied two coats of OPI Cajun Shrimp and a light gradient with China Glaze Fairy Dust.

I went a little squoval with this set, and added Color Club The Sweet Life, and some random dots with China Glaze 2Nite and Cirque Colors Memento Mori.

I was curious how the acrylic would look with a negative space design, so I did a bubble gradient with Cirque Colors Memento Mori and Carpe Diem.

I did some sharper ovals and topped them with Zoya Cole and polka dotted with Cirque Colors Carpe Diem.

I was looking through the classroom polish supply, and the very last bottle on the shelf made me freak out a little bit ... the super holo version of OPI My Private Jet.  You know there was no way I couldn't use that one!  I paired it with these vampy edge points.


  1. Sounds like it was an exciting first week. Love seeing all the manicures you created too.

  2. That's awesome! You did a great job

  3. Thanks so much for sharing your adventures in nail school!

  4. I'd be begging your tutor to let you take MPJ home!

  5. How exciting! Congratulations on getting in to nail school. your manis are all fantastic.

  6. I am so jealous. I would love to go to nail school. Your work is so beautiful--very creative.

  7. For someone who hates acrylic, you're a natural at it. Now lets get you converted to gel :p

  8. Nail clean hues extending from light pinks to sweet purples all prove to be useful this season.
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