Tuesday, June 11, 2019

My First Fluid Nail Art!

Guys!!! I am so excited to show you my very first fluid nail art!

xoxoJen's swatch of Fluid Nail Art with KBShimmer Summer Neons

I'm wearing this in a full mani, and below is my other hand (a rare site!). I didn't plan out the dominant colors for each hand, it just happened this way!

xoxoJen's swatch of Fluid Nail Art with KBShimmer Summer Neons

I used three of the KBShimmer Seas The Day pastel neon creams: Pink or Swim, Lime All Right, Harbor A Crush, and Eclipse (black cream).

They're so pretty, I had to!

xoxoJen's swatch of Fluid Nail Art with KBShimmer Summer Neons

Those tiny cells tho!
The cells are made by using a DIY spotted polish (shoutout to OPI for the original!).
I added silicone based hair serum (1/4 polish bottle) to clear polish (3/4 polish bottle) and shook it up well. I chose clear so that I could use it with alllllllllllll the polishes! I found the best method to get cells was to dot my mat with creams, add two dots of the clear silicone polish on top and then fold the mat once or twice. After they dried, I applied them like decals.

I learned the polish mixing method from Jenny Jones's facebook comment and the technique of folding the mat from Kyong.

To apply the decals, I sponged on some base coat so that it's kind of sticky, then smoothed the decal on over it. I use a tool like a cuticle pusher to cut the decal around the edge of the nail. It takes some patience and care, but it works. You can also melt away the edges with a brush dipped in pure acetone. The acetone can be fairly messy, just wipe the brush once over the edge, clean the brush on paper towel, redip in acetone and repeat. If you keep a clean brush it'll be less messy on the skin. After that's all done, I topcoated it to seal everything in.

I have found that my silicone polish needs to be shaken well right before use because it tends to separate. Results will vary depending on what you decide to use, I ended up using an old bottle of Wet n Wild Clear Nail Protector with Garnier Fructis Sleek & Shine hair serum. I've heard of fluid art artists using tread mill/bike oil, OGX Coconut Milk hair serum, and a few others. Just make sure it has Dimethiconol in it.

What nail art are you planning with your Summer Neons?!
Comment below and tell me your ideas!
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