Some might think that turquoise stone nails are only for summer. To me, autumn and winter are the time for dark shades and jewelled effect designs. The truth be known, I wanted to come up with an idea to use my CND Additive in Black as if I'm honest as it's the one I neglect.
Having watched various techniques over the summer which involved a sponge, cellotape, water, nail polishes and hairspray, I wanted to find a quicker method to get a similar result but more practical for a busy salon.
So, I shall tell you what I did!!
- Apply a base coat and cure.
- Apply a colour coat and cure (I used CND Shellac in Cerulean Sea.)
- Apply a second colour coat but do not cure.
- I then took a dotting tool, I dipped it into the pot of CND Additive in Black and then I flicked it onto the uncured Shellac to create a random speckled effect.
- I took a piece of the backing from a sculpting form and I patted it into the nail a few times which spread the Additive out.
- I finally cured the colour coat, applying the top coat, curing and removing the sticky layer.
I'm so pleased with the result, it was a quick but beautiful effect that would be great with black nails or perhaps purple nails. You could also use this method to create other interesting designs with different colours but I highly recommend you stick with CND Additives that are actual pigments as the more sheer shades and glitters aren't quite as effective.
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