I posted about it on the NbKS Facebook page, but for anyone who doesn't already know, I'm now a fully certified nail technician! I did my final day last Monday and then I took a little time off for myself to just relax and prepare for the opening of my in-home salon. It was nice to have a few days away, not just from blogging but really from the internet in general. But I'm so glad to be back now!
For the last day of my course, we were all required to be wearing gel nails ourselves. Of course, I had to add some art to my gel mani, so today I'm showing you the design I did!
The brand I use is called Entity 1 and for this mani in particular, I used the soak-off gel polish line called Color Couture. If you're not familiar with this brand, Colour Couture is similar to CND Shellac, Gelish, or any of the other soak-off gel systems that are now readily available. The Colour Couture line offers a huge variety of soak-ff gel shades, so I'm really glad that I trained with this company and have no need to go searching other brands for a particular colour.
After the necessary prep stages for gel nails, I applied two coats of Entity 1 Midnight Runway, a deep purple shade, to all of my nails. After that had cured in my UV light, I used a very small amount of Zoya Julie and a medium sized nail art brush to create the basic rose shapes. Then, using Entity 1 Spotlight, an opaque white, I used a smaller nail art brush to create the leaves, the finer details on the roses, as well as some dots. I cured that, added the Color Couture top coat, cured that as well, and then voila!
I love how protected my nails feel with gel on them! They're less prone to breakage because of the hard gel on them, which is one of my absolute favourite things about soak-off gel manis. But because I like to change my manis so often, gel nails are more of a special occasion thing for me. On top of that, I do a lot of swatching for this blog, so gel manis aren't particularly practical for me.
If you're interested in learning how to do this design, I posted a video tutorial for it not too long ago (sans the dots). Check it out here. And while you're there, don't forget to subscribe to my channel. :)
Oh and for anyone wondering more about my in-home salon, I'm currently working on a separate blog where I'll have all the information available for that. This blog is all about nail polish, and I really want to keep it that way. I'll post all of my clients manicures on the other blog, as well as all the info about the services I offer, pricing, etc. So if you're interested in following that blog, I'll post a link to it as soon as it's up and ready.
Thanks for looking!