Sunday, February 8, 2015

Nail Technology: Week 2

Hi everyone!  My second week of school was awesome!!  This week, I worked on tip inlays and blended tips.  
Tip inlays are done by applying a fake tip onto the end of the nail, trimming it down, and then laying acrylic over the top - so, basically what is know as a "full set".  
Blended tips were something I'd honestly never heard of before.  A blended tip is very similar to a tip inlay, except no acrylic is laid over it.  Yeah, I said that.  The tip is filed and buffed until it is flush against the nail, and then polished.  I was really pleased to see how well my first attempt turned out!

Here's some of my practice work on Sally (my mannequin hand) from this week:

This is my first try at tip inlays.  

I added a french mani style gradient with OPI Coney Island Cotton Candy and OPI Alpine Snow.

Here is my first try at blended tips.  

You can see the faint tip line without polish, but it was really smooth.  I added two coats of OPI A Grape Affair.

The nail artist in me got a little twitchy, so I had to go a little funky with this set of tip inlays!  I went with China Glaze BFF and Cirque Colors Memento Mori.

I wanted to start to play around with length and shapes, so I added some stilettos here.

I jazzed it up with OPI Miami Beet, topped with Dance Legend Top Sahara.

And finally, I did some interlocking dots over blended tips with China Glaze At Vase Value and Cirque Colors Carpe Diem.

We're having a nail art contest next week, so you know I am just chomping at the bit for that!  I'll update you on week three next Sunday!
I hope you enjoyed!  Happy Painting!


  1. Looked like you learned a lot this week. Some pretty nails you created too. Love seeing those.

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