Kirsty: Hi everybody, I’m Kirsty Meakin from Naio Nails. In this video, we are gonna do a Star Design. We’re gonna use a bit of acrylic but we’re also going to use Gel Polish to create the stars. So, first of all, I’m gonna show you how to create the actual structure of the nail and I love this because it’s really easy to do. It’s something that somebody can change their design very easily as well, because I think this colour will go with anything because it’s not too in-your-face. In your face, man! This is quite iridescent. Gonna do a stiletto shape, which I think will suit the star design as well because of all those sharp edges of a star. Sculpting Form on. Gonna dehydrate with the Nail Prep Dehydrator and then we’re gonna use the Ultra Bond Acid Primer. I’ve already prepped the nail. So, I’ve removed the surface shine, push the cuticles back. I’m gonna using a lot of Clear. I love working with Clear because it sets quite quick and I just find it really easy to work with. When you add pigments to acrylic, they are a little bit more difficult, not a lot but a little bit different to work with. So, with Clear, I find it easiest acrylic to work with. I’ve got some stars and these are from this little collection here and we’re also going to use these Mylars. They look very strong in colour in the pot, but when they’re actually individual pieces, they’re actually very slight, they’re very slight colours. It’s like when the light catches them, you see the colour. I’ve got High Speed Liquid, I’m gonna work quite quick. Also using Clear because I want it to have a transparent look to the nail. I’m gonna start with a bead to create the length, then I’m just gonna sweep that up onto that natural nail. And I’m pulling this really thin. Give it a wipe with your brush, it’ll keep it sticky. And then, this is when we can pick some pieces up. Oh, I don’t like that one. It’s too big. A bit of the pink. So, you can see now they’re not really intense with colour, they just add a little bit of colour. I’m gonna pick a little bead up, touch the stars and I can move them around where I want them. Now, we’re gonna move the nail, a nice thin layer while that’s wet and still sticky. This is where you’re gonna press your Mylar into it. Can see how that one curls the other way, so I’m gonna flip over because that’ll curl the shape of the nail. Put a few on my pinky here so I can just pick those up easily. And then, I’m gonna pick some stars up again and spread those around. It’s quite easy, this design because you can just move these around. There’s no like, perfect placement of the stars or the Mylar. Now, we’re gonna encapsulate, so you want quite a big bead and I’m gonna tip the finger down and start to bring that bead down the nail, encasing everything inside forever. So, if you’ve got a client that likes to change their design a lot, using something like an Iridescent Glitter Mylar, whatever, that iridescent tone will pretty much go with anything. So, if somebody likes to change their design, I think it’s quite a nice base to use because we could put a bit of one stroke on this, we could put some love hearts. You could even just have it like this with a bit of bling. I’m gonna let that set up a little bit. So, as it starts to lose its shine, it starts to go matte, this is the point where you can start to test-pinch. So, as I squeeze this nail, I am looking to see if the product is being pushed up or down or if the actual nail is just contouring and pinching in, and once it gets to that stage, that’s when you can put your Pinching Tool on, let the Pinching Tool give the nail a little bit of a pinch. Take that form off now. I’m gonna use my electric file. We’re just gonna skip round and we’re just gonna remove any bulk. Gonna file the the nail now, filing my sidewalls first. Get them nice and level. I’m gonna get a 240-grit file and go around the cuticle, just so it’s a bit soft around Andrea’s cuticle area. Always using that rounded part of the file, that curved section because it’ll skip away from the skin. And then, we’re gonna contour. So, I’ve buffed that nail now, I’m gonna clean all the nail. So, we’ve repeated this on all these nails. Not this one, this one’s from another video. Have you seen this video? This is done a little bit different. I like to give you a few different options of doing designs because you know, it’s nice to Kirsty: …have different ways of doing it…
Andrea: you’re on the thing. Kirsty: Oh!
Andrea: You’re sticking your tissue. Kirsty: It’s nice to have different ways of doing things because sometimes, a different way might be better for you. Cleaning underneath as well because I want them to be nice and transparent, all that dust under there. What I’m gonna do first of all, is I’m gonna topcoat underneath. Just gonna get that out the way. Alright! Pop that in the lamp. So, pop them in like that, upside down. Upside down, inside out. Alright! So, I’ve got, from the Luminous Collection, all these colours… Hazardous, this one’s called Hazardous, which is the yellow. And then we’ve got Outrageous Orange, Ice Bli…sorry, Icy Blizzard, Octoplasma. No, not plasma, Octopla… Adam: Ectoplasm. Kirsty: Ectoplasma.
Adam: You’ve never seen Ghostbusters? Kirsty: Oh God, yeah!
Andrea: Yeah. Kirsty: Piggy in the Middle. So, we’ll start with Piggy in the Middle. Seems as that tickles your fancy. What I’m gonna do is, use the gel polish as an art medium to create stars. So, I’ll do the sort of outside legs, those points first and then fill that center. Pop me that in the lamp. I’m gonna do another coat just to really make that colour pop. It’s a lot easier doing your second coat of colour. And you can also adjust it a bit, if you think, oh, you wanted that point a bit longer or thicker, you can adjust that at this point as well. Pop me that in the lamp. Right! So, we’re gonna use…what’s this called again, Adam? Adam: Hazardous!
Kirsty: Hazardous. Andrea: It looks it actually.
Kirsty: Yeah, it makes a bit like, toxic. Andrea: Yeah.
Kirsty: I like this colour that much, I’m gonna do a full star. Kirsty: Pop that in the lamp for me. I’m gonna do a second coat. Right! So, we’ve got Icy Blizzard and I’m sure some of you are going, oh how do I even do a star. Right! So, I’ll show you how to do a star. So, it’s all about the straight lines. So, first of all, you’re going to do like a V shape. Can you see that V? Then you’re gonna go from this corner, halfway between this line…there. Okay! And then you’re gonna go from this corner here, halfway between this line…there. So, it’s far out of this, the dot goes halfway between. And you can pull from that dot down to this bottom corner. And now, we look like we’re doing a…what’s it called? Like a witches Adam: Pentacle. Kirsty: Yeah.
Andrea: Or also, the Jewish have isn’t it? Adam: The Star of David. Andrea: The star of David.
Kirsty: Ah, yes! Andrea: Hmm! Kirsty: So, if you struggle to sort of lay out your star, that’s a good starting point and then you can fill it in and adjust anything. So, these little legs, I like to call them, you can adjust them to…so, you can adjust as you go just to perfect them. Pop me that in the lamp. So, I’m gonna do a few more in the different colours. Ectoplas…Ecto what? No! Octo… no. Kirsty: Oh my God! What’s it say?
Adam: Ectoplasm. Kirsty: Ectoplasm! Kirsty: Yes, we’ll do a bit of that and then we’ll also do Outrageous Orange as well. Kirsty: So now, I’m gonna topcoat. And that’ll really show that transparent look. I’m gonna buff these now because I am gonna put a little bit of white paint on. Just gonna use acrylic paint. So, I’m buffing them so the paint actually adheres really well, and I’m also buffing to smooth the surface. So obviously, with gel polish, everything becomes slightly raised where your artwork is. So, I’m just gonna wipe over with the Gel Residue Wipe-off Solution just to clean those up, then, I’m gonna use a Detailer Brush. A little bit of white paint mixed in with a little bit of water, just so it’s smooth when it’s goes on. It’s nice and smooth. I’m just gonna add little flashes of white. So, I’m not going to completely outline the stars because that will take a long time and I want this to be something easy, that you can do in the salon. So, I think that definitely enhances the stars. It’s not too difficult. They’re just, you know, they’re not perfect lines. I think that’s the cool thing about them. They’re not too difficult because they’re not completely perfect stars. And the lines aren’t. Don’t need to be completely perfect around the edge, they’re just little bits of highlight. So, I’m topcoating now to smooth the nail and also seal in the white paint, and it’s gonna make it nice and shiny. Gonna finish with some Cuticle Oil. Because what we need to get is the Glow-in-the-Dark. The Glow-in-the-Dark. You’re gonna have so much fun tonight. Andrea: And when they keep waking me up, I’m gonna phone you… Kirsty: And go, “Kirsty!”
Andrea: And I’m gonna FaceTime you, and I’m going, “look at these!” Kirsty: There you are, guys. Don’t forget, check us out on Facebook and Instagram. Everything that I’ve used today will be listed below. I’d love to see you do… I would love to see you guys recreate these. Hashtag us. Don’t forget. See you later. Bye-bye! Alright! Adam: Well, I can’t be perfect at everything can I?