Monday, October 19, 2009

Nail Art Encapsulation

Nail Art Encapsulation is the latest trend - done with UV Gel or Acrylic, the choice is yours.

UV Gel Encapsulation - Prepare nails as usual.  Apply a thin coat of UV Gel to the nail.  The tacky layer of gel will allow you to place nail art items without the use of glue or topcoat.  Once nail art is in place, cure under lamp for 30 seconds, just to "hold" the nail art in place.  Next, apply UV Gel over the entire nail, thus "encapsulating" the nail art design and cure the required time for the UV Gel brand you are using.  For chunkier nail art, more UV Gel layers may be needed.  Apply as many layers of UV Gel as you need until the nail art items are entirely encapsulated and you have created a smooth nail surface.  Finally, remove the tacky layer with UV Gel Finishing Wipe & Cleanser to reveal your encapsulated nail art designs with an instant glossy finish that UV Gel provides.

Acrylic Encapsulation - Prepare nails as usual.  Using glue or topcoat, apply the nail art as desired.  Using a large acrylic brush, pick up one ball of clear acrylic and cover the entire nail, thus encapsulating the nail art onto the nail.  Apply another layer if needed.  Finally buff and shape the nail as needed.  Apply topcoat to finalize a glossy finish.

Nail Art Application Technique - Whether you are doing UV Gel Encapsulation or Acrylic Encapsulation the nail art application can be interchanged.  Depending on the nail design desired you may want to be more deliberate of it's application.  For example, if you want the nail art items to be in a specific location or position on the nail, you will need to pick up each nail art item with a birchwood stick and one by one place the nail art on the nail (either the tacky UV Gel layer or with glue/topcoat if you are using acrylic).  However, for abstract designs, it is easier and faster without sacrificing the results.  Using the methods indicated above for either UV Gel or Acrylic prepare the nails for nail art items (UV Gel tacky layer or for acrylic, using glue or topcoat), simply dip each nail into your desired nail art medium, for example Disco Ball Mirror Pieces.  Using a birchwood stick or tip of your finer, simply pat nail art items into place - flatten any pieces that are sticking up too much or any nail art that extends over the free edge.  Finally, encapsulate as usual.  Many times, this technique is used to create a "canvas" or background for the nail art design.  See details on the creation of the below nail art design and the use of an encapsulated nail art "canvas"

Experimenting with this new nail art technique is fun and durable - no more lifting or fading of nail art designs.  When a client returns for a fill, depending on the conditions of the nails, you may keep the nail art on and just do a fill as usual to the grown out area of the nail bed.  However, most clients are eager for a new nail art design, therefore remove the nails and prepare for a new set.  The removal of UV Gel has come a long way and is now faster and easier with Soak-Off UV Gel systems available.  Our line of Perfectionist Soak-Off UV Gel is easy to remove using only acetone - just file away the shine from each nail and soak in pure acetone.  Using birchwood stick, assist with the removal of the gel and simply "peel" away UV Gel from the nail.

The design above was created with Sheba Nails Cracked Egg Shells - Prism encapsulated in UV Gel to create a nail art "canvas" if you will for the design. Using Sheba Nails Flat Nail Art Paints, images of Hello Kitty and flowers were painted on to add dimension.  The use of a dotting tool allowed for the creation of the tri-colored dots randomly placed on the nails also using Flat Nail Art Paints.  The design was enhanced with rhinestones in a complimentary color to the center of each flower.  At the next nail appointment, the painted designs and rhinestones are eaily removed since they are not encapsulated.  Then you would do the fill as usualy on the growth portion of the nail, thus keeping the "canvas" of Cracked Egg Shell encapsulation for a new nail art design if desired.  Of course, if a brand new design is desired, remove all the nails and start with a fresh "canvas" or set of nails!


  1. Wow... those nail art are fabulous. uv gel nail is so cute.

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