Pretty in Pink Acrylic Ballet Slipper Nail with 3D bow

This video shows how to make an extreme ballet slipper shape design using acrylic to make a 3D bow.

Part 1 -

Hi, I'm Kirsty Meakin from naio nails, I'm going to do a design for you today using acrylic to create a 3D bow. So for this design you'll need frantic fuchsia, pink flamingo and cotton candy, we're going to use the natural beige shimmer for the nail bed and then we've got the clear as well, clear powder. Also we've got acrylic paints, which is, we've got a rose colour and the white. So it's a sculpted design, we've already prepped the nail, so you've got your shimmery natural beige there, acrylic liquid, first of all we're going to extend this nail bed out to around about here, going to go to this first line, we're going to start here and come round, same both sides. Just going to bleed that out, so i want this pigment really strong because it's so glittery, I want it quite dense in glitter. So I'm starting half way down this natural nail, make sure your wings are the same both sides, so your high points here are the same, now we're going to go this back part. Don't need to bleed this bead out, it'll help it to flow which will help you to blend that nice and easy, check that, check the curves, everything's fine, just want a tiny bit through the center here. Get your colours and we're going to work from the darkest colour to the palest colour here, the reason we're going to do that is because we want the darker colour to really exaggerate the smile line. If we put pale on pale it won't look as sharp. So start with your darkest pink, straight up
onto that smile line, sneak it round all the way and up to the other side, then we're going
to go into sort of your medium pink and this is going to fade it out. See i haven't put it on too dry because i just want it to be quite thin and i want to tap this edge here so it blends. Then we're going to go into this pink which is your paler colour. Now you can do this design in any shape that you want to really but we're going to do a ballet slipper shape. So take your clear, you want a nice big bead this, not too dry but not too wet. A medium ratio. You want to get it all encapsulated at the same time, don't do two or three beads, do it in one. While that sets a little bit, going to pop the sculpting form on to the next finger. Right, we're ready to pinch this now, just give that a little test with my fingers, now i can put the pinching tool on, put it on, let it pinch itself, don't press on first of all, let it do its thing, then you can add a little bit more pressure if you like. We're going to leave that on and come to this nail. Now this nail we're going to do a full fade on it, before i do it I'm just going to put, if I'm going to a full fade like this i like to put a little bit of acrylic, clear acrylic, on that stress area. Then while I'm doing that I'm still checking on this nail , checking if it needs
to be pinched with the fingers, so I'm just going down the nail gently. We can release
this now, just ease it off the form, undo the back. So with this one I'm going to put
the dark colour at the tip, fade up to the pale colour pink, so it's the opposite of what we've just done, so I'm going to start here with the pale colour at the cuticle, next colour, and then draw this back over, so it overlaps a little bit and fade that down. Checking your sides. Then your darker pink, right on the end, just bled that bead out, i don't want it to run away, i don't really want it to move much because it's going right on the end. I just want to fade this a little bit more so I've just added a little tiny bit of the other pink just to fade that over that dark pink. Now we're going to encapsulate this with clear, so cap all that colour. Starting just shy of the top, pointing that finger down so it's not going to flood anywhere, so you're patting from side to side and then dragging down, it'll chase the product down the nail. While that sets a little bit i can start to file this nail. So the same routine as i always do, so they all look the same. Side walls, then the cuticle area. Just going to check this, i reckon we can start to pinch this now. Just going to let that do its thing. Just going to go back to check on this, take that form off, bring it down, away from the hyponychium. Carry on filing this while, cos' this nail is not completely set, however this one is so we can still continue with this filing. I don't want to file a nail until it's set. If you want to check the shape make sure you dust off so you can check that everything's fine, if you don't take the dust off it can interfere with the shape that you're actually looking at. This one is great to file now, fine. Same routine, side walls first, then going up to the cuticle area, making that nice and flush so it blends perfectly into the nail, you don't want a step at the back, so we're going to buff both nails, this is going to remove any grooves, any demarkations in the nails. Make it nice and smooth. So you've got two different ways of doing a fade there, if i was doing a full set of these i would do some of them full colour like this and some of them with a smile line just to change it up a bit. Make it look a little
bit more funky, a little bit more different, unique. So that structures already there for the art work to go on top. Now I'm going to wipe over with some acetone, so I've dusted off, wiping over with acetone just to remove any other dust particles and also smooth over
the top surface of the nail which will get melted very slightly. So now we're going to
top coat it with the sealer gel. Starting right from the top, spreading the brush out so it matches the curve of the cuticle, bring it all the way down, same again. Then we're
going to cure those for two minutes. While those are curing we can start with the 3D

Part 2 -

Going to take your frantic fuchsia and a sculpting form, 3D brush, what you can do to help you with sizing is use the back of the form to draw out the size of the bow that you would like to make, get it spot on, you can do that and then if you look from this side now you can see this indentation and you can work with that shape. The only thing that you need to do different is you need to mirror this shape here. So that may be the size of the bow you want but you're going to mirror the shape of that and all of this section and this section will be acrylic and then you basically fold it over. Pick up your bead, i like to do it as dry as i can because i want to do it quick, so imagine if a dicky bow was open, those two bulbous shapes that you see that run along that tie, that's the kind of shape that you're looking for. You want to do it thin, the thinner it is, the easier it will move when you come to folding
and shaping, if it's too thick it won't fold and shape very well. Test if you can pick it up just by rubbing the 3D brush underneath and you can release it from the paper and you're going to gently fold it over. If you wet the contact area it will stick a little bit easier. You can also get a pair of tweezers, into your powder and give it  a little pinch it will create some folds so it will look more realistic, going into your powder is going to stop you from sticking
to that bow. So you need to look at your shape and think yeah, that's going to fold in half,
is it going to look similar to that when it's folded in half. Sweep underneath just to release
it from the backing paper. Now we need to connect them together. Take one off, get a
little bead the same colour, meet them up, now we want a little space in the middle, don't bunch them too close because next we're going to make the ribbon that sort of ties them together that comes over the top, you could just leave it like that but we're going to make it look even more realistic, you could put a stone in here, if you want to put some stones. So we've got a bead, first of all spread it out and bring it in. By bringing it in you force the bulk of the product to the sides so what you want is thin in the middle and then you want bulk product here. It doesn't need to be really long but it needs to be longer than it is wide. Just wetting the middle of that just to help it stick. Pick that up, fold it over, push it under. Because i wet the acrylic with the brush, wet it with some acrylic liquid, it will stick to it nicely. Just going to let that dry now. So now this is dry we're going to attach some chain. So we're going to take it off and turn it over, so we've got the flat side to us. Get your chain, we're going to cut two different lengths, use some old cuticle nippers, have one about yey big and then we're going to have one slight smaller. So they're going to fall like this, you're going to put that one in the middle and this one is going to go round the outside of that one. So that's why we need two different lengths. You want clear acrylic on one side, i do admit, this is pretty tricky, get one side of your smaller chain and then the side of your longer chain, your longer chain is going on the outside, shorter one is going on the inside and I'm just going to put a little bead on top just to seal those in. Same again on the other side, it's not too wet this bead isn't, it's going to set quicker than you might think, shorter chain on the inside, longer chain on the outside. Then we're going to seal that in. Now some of you might think this is unwearable but it is really wearable, loads of my clients wear them all the time. I'm going to show you how to make it wearable. So you've got a bead there, this is purely acting as, like a little bit of glue, popping that straight
on there. If you just left it like that you would probably lose it. So we're going to make it a little bit more wearable now, you're going to turn it to the side and this part here, we're going to put acrylic into it, so it supports it , you don't want it touching the skin, you just want it sweeping up onto that bow. And the other side. So straight in here. By doing this you're stopping it being caught because there was a big gap down there before and you know, you could have caught things in it and now we've filled that in, it's hidden so it doesn't look a mess but it's giving loads of support. So if i look down the barrel of this nail now i can see that I've got this support all here underneath. One other thing you can do is you can drop a bead underneath the loops right in the middle, don't let it interfere with the outer part, just let it fall into the loops. Now if you think, argh it's still too big, i couldn't wear that, it's too dramatic then you can always make an itsy bitsy teeny weeny one. So with this bow we did exactly the same, we made the same shape, we folded it over but instead of making the ribbon fold over the middle like this one we just added a little stone to it and it's really quite cute. Now you could leave it like that or you could then add a little bit of paint onto your bows, which is what I'm going to do. So I've got a bit of foil here, bit of silver foil, just going to get a little bit of white acrylic paint, bit of pink, dotting tool. Start with the pink, little polka-dots, just do the same on this little tiny one. Then we're going
to get the white and do tiny dots inside the pink polka-dots. Now to keep that paint on
we're not going to put a gel sealer on or anything like that, we're just going to brush
over with some brush on glue, you need to make sure that the paint is bone dry before
you do this, if you start to brush the glue on to the paint without it being dry it's
just going to smear everywhere and then really ruin the bow. So I've gave that about a minute to dry, if you were doing a full set the paint would be dry by the time you've finished but i just wanted to make sure that was completely dry before i put the brush on glue on. So this will act as a barrier so it doesn't get washed off, you're not putting top coat on
because i don't want the gel sealer to take away the detail of it, what it can do is it
can fill in little recesses and things like that and it will just make it look too flat and too plastic and that's not what i want, i want it to look like it has been made out of acrylic, because it has. So once that's dry we're going to pop some passion fruit cuticle oil on, replenish that skin and there you are, you've got two different levels there, you've got a more difficult bow and then you've got a little bit easier bow on that one and and an easy fade, so that's your 3D bow, have a go.