How To Create An Olympic-Inspired Manicure With Shellac

How To Create An Olympic-Inspired Manicure With Shellac

Are you going crazy over the Olympics? We are! We’ve been glued to the TV all weekend long.

To celebrate the 2012 Olympic Games in London, CND designed two custom nail looks: Olympic Spirit and Olympic Gold. And we just love that CND is in London pampering those amazing athletes with Shellac manicures and pedicures. Check our their twitter feed for pics from the Games.

You too can recreate these medal-worthy manicures with our step-by-step guides.

OLYMPIC SPIRIT

What You Will Need:

CND Shellac Base Coat
CND Shellac Cream Puff
CND Shellac Top Coat
CND Additives: Yellow Pigment, Cerulean Blue Pigment Effect, Bright Red Pigment, Black Pigment
CND ProSeries Gel Flat Oval #6 Brush
CND UV Lamp
99% Isopropyl Alcohol
⅛” Rubber Tubing

How To Get The Look:

STEP 1: P.E.P. the natural nail (click here for the natural nail preperation steps).

STEP 2: Apply a thin layer of Shellac Base Coat and cure for 10 seconds in the CND UV Lamp.

STEP 3: Apply two thin layers of Shellac Cream Puff. Cure each layer for two minutes.

STEP 4: Dip the tip of a dry oval brush into Additives Yellow and burnish it into the sticky Shellac on the side of the nail, creating the desired background design. Repeat with red and blue.

STEP 5: Mix Additives with a small amount of Isopropyl Alcohol (to create a watercolor paste) on a mixing tray.

STEP 6: Dip the end of a piece of ⅛” rubber tubing into the Additives Blue paste and stamp a circle onto the nail. Perfect the circle by dipping a detail brush into the Additive paste to fill in the lines as needed. Lock for 10 seconds.

STEP 7: Clean the tubing with IPA, and repeat with the rest of the colors until you create the Olympic ring design. Cure for two minutes.

STEP 8: Apply a thin layer of Shellac Top Coat and cure for two minutes.

STEP 9: Wipe with 99% Isopropyl Alcohol to remove top film.

OLYMPIC GOLD

What You Will Need:
CND Shellac Base Coat
CND Shellac: Iced Cappuccino, Clearly Pink, Decadence
CND Additives: Bright Red Pigment
CND Shellac Top Coat
CND ProSeries Gel Flat Oval #6 Brush
CND UV Lamp
Martha Stewart Gold Glitter
99% Isopropyl Alcohol
⅛” Rubber Tubing

How To Get The Look:

STEP 1: P.E.P. the natural nail (click here for the natural nail preperation steps).

STEP 2: Apply a thin layer of Shellac Base Coat and cure for 10 seconds in the CND UV Lamp.

STEP 3: Apply one thin layer of Shellac Iced Cappuccino. Cure for two minutes.

STEP 4: Dip the tip of a dry gel oval brush lightly moistened with Isopropyl Alcohol into gold glitter and brush a thin layer over the entire nail.

STEP 5: Apply one thin layer of Shellac Clearly Pink and cure for two minutes.

STEP 6: Apply one thin layer of Shellac Decadence to zones two and three creating a smile line. Perfect as needed with a brush lightly moistened with isopropyl alcohol. Cure for two minutes.

STEP 7: Mix Additives Bright Red with a small amount of Isopropyl Alcohol (to create a watercolor paste) on a mixing tray.

STEP 8: Dip the end of a piece of ⅛” rubber tubing into the Additives Red paste and stamp a circle onto the nail. Perfect the circle by dipping a detail brush into the Additive paste to fill in the lines as needed. Lock for 10 seconds.

STEP 9: Clean the tubing with IPA, and repeat Step 8 until the Olympic ring design is complete. Cure for two minutes.

STEP 10: Apply a thin layer of Shellac Top Coat and cure for two minutes.

STEP 11: Wipe with 99% Isopropyl Alcohol to remove top film.

Which of these nail looks is your fave? And will you be recreating these looks?

3 Responses to "How To Create An Olympic-Inspired Manicure With Shellac"

  1. Sue - MakeupMew  Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 7:15 am

    Thanks to you, my nails are all geared up for the Olympics!

  2. Marsee Essington  Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 10:21 am

    Where do I get a rubber tubing?

  3. Lesley Ellen Mirza  Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 1:15 pm

    Marsee, try a craft store like Michaels.

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