Glitter Toe or Rock Star Toe Application- UV cured
If you are a practicing nail tech or cosmo and haven't heard of glitter toes, rock star toes, sparkle toes or gel toes (oh, the many names) you are probably living on another planet! They are quick to apply, taking 20-30 minutes, and cost you around five to seven dollars a set. This enhancement has gotten me more referral business than any other! Your clients become your advertisement - their toes catch everyone's eye with their sparkle. I'm telling you, as soon as someone sees glitter toes for the first time they HAVE TO HAVE THEM. If no one else in your area is offering these you are in luck... prepare to be swamped!
Application is easy no matter what line of gel you use. There are two application methods I will outline in this hub. I prefer the "sprinke on" method because you always get a solid color and and I feel I can offer more colors without wasting gel. But the "mix in" method is quicker to apply (especially if you premix the gel and glitter) and you may find that some product lines work better this way. I personally use Young Nails gel and Art Club glitter (check it out at artglitter.com or Roberts Crafts, they have a million colors). Just like any gel will work, any ultrafine glitter will too. Keep in mind while one foot is curing you are working on the other foot.
Sprinkle On Method
- Prep the nails. Remove all that shine with 180 grit file, cleanse, and dehydrate.
- Apply primer. This product will vary based on the line of gel you are using.
- Apply base gel and cure 2 minutes. Some product lines don't have a base gel. If yours doesn't just skip this step.
- Apply builder gel. Brush it on like you would polish- no need to float it in place on this step. You don't want this layer to be thick and use caution not to get it on the skin or cuticle.
- Sprinkle glitter over entire nail then gently shake the foot to get any loose glitter off.
- Cure 2-4 minutes. The cure time will vary depending on the strength of your UV lamp.
- Using a manicure brush, brush off any loose glitter. Check for coverage at this point. Some colors you may need to repeat steps 4-6 to achieve a solid color.
- Apply builder gel and cure 2-3 minutes. This time you may need to float it on... this layer needs to be smooth and even.
- File any major imperfections. If you do feel you need to file make sure you remove the tacky layer first. Don't sweat this step too much, though. Toes are much more forgiving than fingers!
- Apply sealer gel and cure 2-3 minutes. This gel varies by line but it should be a high shine top coat.
Mix In Method
- Stir glitter into builder gel with birchwood stick. You need enough glitter that one layer of this will achieve a solid color but keep in mind the gel still has to cure. A good rule is 1/3 glitter to 2/3 gel.
- Prep the nail. Remove the shine with a file, cleanse and dehydrate.
- Apply primer. This product may vary depending on the line of gel you are using.
- Apply base gel and cure 2-3 minutes. Some product lines don't have a base gel. If you don't, just skip this step.
- Apply builder gel containing glitter and cure 2-4 minutes. You will need to float it on so you achieve a layer that is smooth and thick enough to give the enhancement strength.
- File any major imperfections. If you do need to file make sure you remove the tacky layer first.
- Apply sealer and cure 2-3 minutes. This product varies by brand but it needs to be a high shine top coat.
There are a lot of different products out there! If you have any questions about how to make these steps work with your gel line let me know, I'm more than happy to help!
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