Friday, July 26, 2013

Nail Art Tips & Tricks from Ladies & Gentlemen Salon & Spa

Some of the ladies of Ladies and Gentlemen Salon and Spa visited the Mentor Public Library Thursday to offer some nail arts tips and tricks to our patrons.

Daisy Sahoo paints her daughter Rhea's nails outside of the Mentor Public Library's Read House Thursday.
Here is some of the advice they shared:

1. Always try to use a base coat before polishing your nails. This prevents them from yellowing.

2. Never pull at or tear hangnails. Use nail clippers instead.

3. Are you a nail biter and can't seem to break the habit? Always keep a coat of polish on your nails. That will make you less likely to take a bite.

4. Just like with any other beauty treatment -- so much of nail art is taking care of your body (in this instance, your nails and hands, specifically.) Try to keep your hands moisturized to prevent them from looking dry and cracked.
Tia Silbaugh applies jojoba oil to Amanda Densmore's hands.
5. Along the same lines as Tip 4, keep the underneath of your nails clean to prevent the growth of bacteria and germs.

Additionally, here are instructions on how to do a few of the cool and unique tricks the nail technicians demonstrated Thursday.

Morgan Yancy and Rita Pollock served as models, painting 20 different designs across their four hands.
Polka Dot Nails
1. First, prepare your nails by cleaning them off. Then paint each nail with a base coat and one to two coats of nail polish.

2. Once your nails are dry, take the flat end of a lip gloss applicator (the end without foam) and lightly dip it in the polish. You only need a small amount of polish on the applicator. (If you don't have an applicator, other circular objects can be substituted.)

3. Next, take the applicator and dab it on your nail to create polka dots. Dot as many circles on your nails as you want. (Pretty much everything in nail art comes down to lines and dots. The more you practice both, the better and more elaborate designs you'll be able to create.)

4. Allow your dots to dry.

5. Apply a top coat to your nails to prevent them from chipping.
Morgan and Rita model their newsprint nails.
Newspaper Nails
1. Once again, apply a base coat and one to two coats of polish.

2. Allow the nails to dry. Then, pour some rubbing alcohol into a small cup.

3. Once your nails are dry, dip them into the small cup.

4. Place the newspaper (or comic book, print book or any other type of paper that has ink on it) on to your nail. Be sure that the nail is still wet with alcohol.

5. Lightly press on the nail to make sure that the ink transfers on to it.

6. After about a minute, peel back the corner of the paper to see if the ink is on your nail. If so, you can remove the paper.

7. Finish your nail design with a layer of clear topcoat.

Not all of your nails need to be uniform. It's becoming popular to have an accent nail -- one that's slightly different than the other digits. For example, the nail of the ring finger here is accented with glitter.
Thank you to both Ladies and Gentleman Salon and Spa and all the patrons who came to the program Thursday. For more information on events and programs at the Mentor Public Library, visit

1 comment:

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