I’ve been trying to push the limits of weird nail art by getting into acrylic recently. I don’t recommend it because it stinks to high heaven and can be very frustrating, but it allows for some really funky 3-D stuff that’s not possible otherwise. But…the smell. That stuff absolutely cannot be good for you.
So, I present…The Evil Eye! It’s not actually an evil eye that shoots out bad vibes, it’s supposed to ward off other people’s evil eye towards you. Maybe it was a mis-translation. I see them in often in Turkish restaurants and was inspired to make my own manicure version. I guess it shouldn’t technically have glitter in it, but glitter seems to sneak into everything somehow…
The base blue is a very old OPI that I actually forgot the name of..I think it’s from that Canadian collection from ages back. It was really sheer- not sure if that’s due to the advanced age of the polish or not.
This is acrylic art on a plastic base.
Acrylic is a great tool for 3-D sculpture, but whole acrylic nails can be very damaging due to the amount of filing the salon does before applying the nails. Be extremely careful of any salon that uses an electric drill or sander on the nails. It’s easy to over-file with those and it can leave natural nails very thin and weak. Hand-filing allows much better control but takes longer.
Here’s a little factiod for you:
Acrylic is made of a liquid (monomer) and a powder that combine to form a hard substance. There is a kind of liquid called MMA that should only be used in dental work because it makes the acrylic so hard. If it’s used on artificial nails and the nail gets slammed or traumatized, it will take off your natural nail with it. That’s why it’s against the law to use MMA monomer in nail applications in most US states. It’s great for teeth but too hard for nails. But, in the interest of cutting costs, some salons do use it because it’s way cheaper than the legal stuff. It has a sweet, kind of sharp smell. Who knew the world of nail art was so dangerous?
Moral of the story: Stay away from el-cheapo acrylics.