7 Nail Art Tips for your Holiday Looksfeaturing OPI
Tip #1: Make sure to dry prep before applying gel to eliminate any extra oils or moisture on the nail plate, and add OPI N.A.S 99 to remove debris or moisture. Finish with OPI Bond Aid to balance the pH of the nail plate and to help with proper adhesion.
Tip #2: To achieve the perfect smoky, blooming marble: apply OPI Stay Shiny Top Coat first, then instead of curing, do the nail art on the wet top coat. Here, Samantha used Snow Holding Back from OPI’s Jewel Be Bold collection to establish the first lines of “marble,” then retraced these lines with OPI Alpine Snow, holding the brush on its side and lightly dragging it through the original line. She finished by applying Alpine Snow with a detail brush to add some thin exterior lines.
Tip #3: Use an OPI Expert Touch Nail Wipe as a makeshift palette! Bonus: spritz with N.A.S 99 and use to remove any extra gel color from brush bristles.
Two-toned French Ombré
Tip #4: To get a nice, tight C-curve, load up your brush bristles, then drag off any excess color. Starting at the free edge, draw a thin line straight across as a guide. Then go on a diagonal toward each side wall. Fill in the space, then connect both sides, and voilà! A minimal, modern C-curve.
Tip #5: To achieve a perfectly-blended glitter ombré, start about halfway up the nail and apply your ombré base color (Samantha used OPI’s I Pink It’s Snowing). Using a piece of a makeup sponge, dab lightly along the edge of the ombré, which picks up excess polish and leaves behind the glitter pieces. After curing, apply a second coat only a quarter of the way up the nail, then dab with your sponge again.
Festive Holiday Swirls
Tip #6: When doing super detailed and thin lines, prevent the lines from slipping by using an Expert Touch Nail Wipe to wipe the inhibition layer before application.
Tip #7: To create the perfect “swoop,” start by picking up your color on a detail brush like the IBD Gel Art Striper Brush in a bead. Starting at the free edge, drag to create your swoop, bringing any excess color up to the cuticle area. The real key here, says Samantha, is to practice! For added interest, repeat with more colors next to your original line. Here, Samantha used OPI’s Big Apple Red as her base, and Rhinestone Red-y, Tealing Festive and Alpine Snow for her swoops.
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