Acrylic Nails Tutorial | Watch Me Do My Nails | Glitter Fill In

Acrylic Nails Tutorial | Watch Me Do My Nails | Glitter Fill In

The nails used to come in three colors. Red, red, and red. Oh, and let’s not forget the French tips. However, in recent years, nail art has exploded and become a full-fledged industry within the fashion world, subject to seasonal trends such as dress silhouettes and heel shapes. From the corny to the bizarre, nails have become another area where we can explore our personal style and (unfortunately) try our hand at something we think is too “out there” for a complete look.

While the latest designs and hot prints used to be limited to the runway or the handbag, now it’s just as cool to have them painted within reach. Increasingly, nail art has become a thrifty and creative way to pay tribute to your favorite designers by taking inspiration from their most visually famous pieces and translating them into brushes and nail polish. Leopard spots, Aztec-inspired prints, even the galaxy, thanks to Christopher Kane, are no longer beyond the reach of those of us who want a little more authenticity than a quick fashion imitation.

Wah Nails has had the greatest influence on the way nail art has taken off in the UK. Although the Hawaiian craze in Asia has been going on for years, it didn’t happen in London until 2009, when Sharmadean Reid opened the doors of her nail salon and opened people’s eyes to the possibilities that nail polish can offer. Born from a hip-hop community with feminist values at its core, Wah Nails revolutionized the way the fashion world thought about nails, forcing them to recognize their potential and the creativity that can be nurtured within them.

Now the company has a branch in Topshop’s flagship store on Oxford Street, and its influence is visible everywhere from the runway to celebrities like Katy Perry and Lady Gaga, and to the products that companies like Barry M and Model’s Own now make. New technologies are being explored, such as the splinter effect and marbled nail polish; matte colors are becoming increasingly popular, as opposed to the classic gloss. It’s also becoming easier to learn how to create the effects yourself, with online tutorials where we learn how to use everyday elements such as cocktail sticks and sponges to achieve this couture look.

Where once red pointy claws were de rigueur, the world is now your oyster (although as we speak, pointy claws are making a terrifying comeback – see Amber Rose and Rihanna). It can seem intimidating and difficult at first, so just get started. Try a naked or “grayish” tone that goes with most outfits. If you’re feeling a little more daring, choose pastel or light tones and remember to always use the base and topcoat to prevent fading and to protect your paint from chipping and scratching from everyday use – remember, nail art is all about fun!

Items needed to do a full set of acrylic nails


Dust collector:

Soak-Off Gel Polish

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Nail drill:

1) cuticle pusher
Satin Edge Rubber Grip Cuticle Pusher and Spoon Nail Cleaner, 8 Ounce

2) nail file
MAKARTT Professional Nail Files 100 180 Grit Double Sided Black Washable 10 Nail File, F-01

3) nail clipper
Tweezerman Professional Stainless Steel Toenail Clipper 5011-p,

4) nail glue
5 pcs KDS Nail Tip Glue – Adhesive Super Bond For Acrylic Nails Tips – 0.07 oz for each glue

5) nail tips

6) tip cutter
Yueton Color Coated Stainless Steel False Nail Tip Clipper Cutter Trimmer Manicure Pedicure Nail Art Tool (Purple)

7) dust brush
eBoot 2 Pieces Soft Nail Art Dust Remover Powder Brush Cleaner for Acrylic and Makeup Powder Blush Brushes (Pink, Purple)

8) primer
Mia Secret No Burn Acid Free Primer Xtra Bond Acrylic Uv Gel 0.5 Fl oz

9) acrylic system
MIA SECRET 4 oz LIQUID MONOMER + Acrylic Powder 2 oz Pink, Clear, White & Multibalance – Made in USA

10) acrylic brush

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11) paper towel

12) dampen dish
Onwon 2 Nail Art Acrylic Liquid Powder Dappen Dish Glass Crystal Cup Glassware Tools

13) nail drill
Makartt JD700 Professional 30000RPM Nail Drill Machine 100V-110V Electric E File Acrylic Gel Nail Grinder Tool Bits Set Low Heat Low Noise Low Vibration

14) dill bits
Makartt 7Pcs New Gold Carbide Nail Drill Bit Set Professional Bits Tools 3/32″

15) buffer
Onwon 10 PCS Sanding Buffing Nail Polisher 4 Way Polish Buffer Buffing Block Nail Files Art Pedicure Manicure File(Black Red)

16) nail polish

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17) cuticle oil Cuccio Revitalize Cuticle Oil, Milk and Honey, 2.5 Ounce