Spring Salon Nail Design in just 3 easy steps
With this gorgeous spring weather, colours are changing on my clinets nails.
We are moving away from dark colours, and giving space for lighter shades, like yellow and colour of the year 2022.
What's tranding in your salon?
Alison (my client) wanted something nice, pretty and glittery nails with a design but NO flowers.
So i have come up with this full glitter, glitter fade and butterfly idea.
For the background, I have created some full glitter nails and glitter fade. If you are struggling with your loose glitter application, have a look on my latest ONLINE Class here.
So let's have a look on the steps.
Step 1: create your background
Because my client wanted to have yellow and light purple nails, I decided to do two of her nails with the combination of these colours. I applied yellow on one side and purple on the other with a bit of fading into each other in the middle.
Step 2: choosing your design
I am lucky because I have got several stamping plates from Moyra in my salon. They are all kept in my stamping plate holder, nice and neat so it did not take me forever to find a plate with butterflies on. Actually there are two different on this one: a full butterfly and another one, like a half butterfly. Both are good to be used for me as one of them looking to the right, the other one looking to the left. So i can use both of them on the same hand as well.
Step 3: use gel
Originally stamping was designed to be used with nail varnishes. I used to use the special stamping nail varnishes from Moyra actually, because they were a lot higher in pigments than just an ordinary nail varnish. So if you have some of those, go ahead.
However, i do like to experiment with the products I have in my drawers, so I thought, I would try the same technique with Mosaic one stroke art gels. Why? Because they are very high in pigmentation and i do not have to worry about timing. They will not cure by the air unlike my Moyra nail varnishes.
Applied a small drop on my scraper. Note: Only use a small amount as this will go along.
I tried with black and white colours too. Both works absolutely fine. In the future steps, I will show you what can you do with this design if you use white art gel.
Step 4: scrape
Scrape the gel into the butterfly. I know you can do this step the other way around when you apply the nail varnish / gel on the plate and scrape it from there but I like to try different things and figure out which works better for me.
Step 5: pick up your design
I prefer to use a clear stamper so at least I can see the design. And yes, most of the times I pick up not just the design but other unwanted gel or design too.
You can use cleanser to get rid of them or I prefer to use a lint roller for clothes. It just helps me better to clean my jelly stamper.
Step 6: stamp
And stamp. Here with black.
Here with white (same steps before just use white art gel instead).
I like giving my personal touch to pre made designs. Hence, I tried the method with black and white colours. If you use black, your design is more or less ready. I could imagine adding some dots with white but that's about it. However for me, that's not enough. Stamping with white art gel gives me a bit more freedom and creativity.
As gel needs to be cured in UV / LED lamps, don't forget that step before the next.
Step 7: adding some lines with black
This is my personal touch to this design. Adding some fine lines with a liner brush and black mosaic art gel.
Step 8: top gel
When you are happy with your design, don't forget to use top coat on it. This is the time when your glittery background comes back to life again and shines through the wings of your butterfly. Cure.
Step 9: add some dots
With a dotting tool or with your brush, add some white dots to your butterfly's wing and your design is ready. Cure.
Step 10: finish picture
What do you think? Easy enough to recreate in your salon? Let me know how did you get on!
Watch me doing this design on my TikTok channel.
@susansnails Spring SALON Nails Design with glitters and butterflies 🦋 #susansnails #nailvideo #nailarttutorial #glitternails #butterflynailsart ♬ original sound - SusansNails