Normally I would employ somebody to be a model for this but we have a blizzard going on and nobody will come out of their house except for me. Also I would like to say that you don't have to be really great at acrylics to create this type. Although you should have some general knowledge and have already played around with acrylics at home to achieve optimal results.
1. white buffing block
2. 180/100 grit file
3. nail glue
4. clear tips
5. acrylic powder (clear ) acrylic liquid and primer if needed .
6. acrylic brush
7. glass holder for liquid
8. pst or paper towel
10. cuticle pusher and nail clippers
11. top coat
12. nail oil or lotion
13. a lot of patience
also I assume no responsibility for anything ever ;)
Step 1: Naked Nails Nail Prep
Step 2: Applying a Tip
Applying the tip, I chose to use clear tips for my glitter acrylics. Its important to make sure when applying you use the correct size it should fit literally like a glove. Check both sides to make sure the tip doesn't go over the natural nail sides . Sorry that I couldnt provide pictures for this but like I stated earlier I was by myself. It also important to make sure that it is not too tight creating un necessary pressure that could later cause the nailtip to move away from the natural nail.
This is a fast-drying glue but one that I recommend and should be available at any beauty supply store even ones open to the public. When applying the glue make sure that you put a small bead in the well or divit on the underside of the tip. Use your glue tip to move the glue from one side to the other. This ensures even coverage when placing the tip on the nail. When applying tips the correct place to apply pressure is where the well meet the edge of the natural nail.
You should only have to apply pressure for a few seconds and you will see the glue spreading evenly over the nail. This is an indicator of a good bond.
Because I'm a nailtech I have access to nail clippers for tipsat reasonable cost...:/ . You can use those but I've noticed they are pretty pricey in beauty supply stores open to the public. A good pair of nail clippers will do the job clip one side to the middle and then the other. In a pinch you can use scissors but you may bend and stress the tip so be careful when doing that.
Clip to your desired length although depending on how long your natural nail bed is when applying a new full set length: should be proportional 2 ensure les breakage in the future.
At this point I choose to square off and around the sharp corners of the tip . I don't like the sharp corners catching me well I continue the full set. This can be done at the end of the service.
I also lightly buff where the tip meet the natural nail. This helps reduce the possibility the tip will show through the pink area and also remove any glue from the natural nail that could cause lifting.
Step 3: Let's Talk Product and Brushes
Pictured here is different types of monomer (the liquid )and polymer I think ... it's been years since I went to school, we all just call it powder. For these nails you will need a clear powder. Any system will work the beauty stores sell many types of acrylic system. Be sure to check and see if your system requires primer. If you require primer you should apply the primer and typically wait until it's slightly chalky. Some primers do not dry chalky this will be up to you to figure out. If you have to use a primer I suggest" no lift nails"primer. I am using CND retention and it does not require primer. I know that you can probably not get this at a local beauty supply store open to the public. I have found that placedis like Amazon and eBay do carry this line. It's slightly expensive but I believe the best in the industry.
Step 4: Application
Next you'll want to take your brush and submerge it in monomer you want to be able to push it to the bottom and swish to remove any air trapped in your bristles. As you pull the brush out of your container wipe on the side .
The secret to getting a good consistency between liquid and powder is using your brush as you wipe up the side to decide how much liquid will stay in it. For example if you are doing a pinky you want to use a small amount of liquid to place your bead so you would almost drained all the liquid out of your brush. If you are experiencing a very runny beads try taking the back of your brush after picking up powder and placing it against a paper towel. This reduces the amount of liquid in the bead before place on the nail and allows for better handling of the acrylic.
Next you want to take the bead and place it near where the tip and natural nail come together. It should stay but not be so dry there is loose powder. It should appear glossy and slightly wet. The idea behind using this technique is that you are placing your smile line backwards rather than carving it out you are creating an edge to push against. Smile lines can be created either way and I can do both but choose this method when doing my own nails. It always turns out clean especially with glitter .
Continue to do this with the rest of your nails always check down the barrel of the nail in the middle and on both sides to ensure that there is even coverage of acrylic so down the barrel check from the left check from the right and the top. Once you've completed this on the last nail the first nail should be dry. Here's where you want to take your hundred eighty /hundred grit file and file around the smile line this cleans it up. You can also go over the top if you have lumps in your clear try not to over file as this can cause lifting later if you look from the side you should have a nice c curve. Make sure when placing your bead that you're staying away from the new area of nail where you pushed your cuticle back from. After filing all of your smile lines it's now time to mix your glitter and clear acrylic.