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Old October 4th, 2012, 08:24 AM   #1
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Hi everyone, I was wondering if anyone had any tips for me. I have good nails naturally, long & strong, but don't usually do anything with them. I was given some little nail art 'gems', stars, hearts, that sorta thing, which I thought I would play with today to take my mind off my accursed infected wisdom tooth
So, I put a clear base coat on, dropped a little purple star onto it while wet, allowed to dry, then applied 3 more clear coats on top (allowing to dry in between). But, the edges of the stars are still catching on everything & generally annoying me. How do you 'seal' these things on? Just more top coats? Or is this just what they do? They look really cute but I don't want them catching on my clothes, hair, pets, or anything else they come into contact with!!
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Old October 4th, 2012, 03:04 PM   #2
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Beats me! This is why I haven't tried them out yet
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I always had that problem too
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depends on hat kind you buy. I dont do them often but i buy the ones which thin out and have a rounded curve to the edges which helps a little. My nails take alot of abuse so i mostly do them on my toes. Some do better than others but i do what you do except i do bare nails since i buy the sticky kind and then 2 coats on top. Maybe next time try the tape and glitter thing. Punch out tape apply to bare nails brush clear coat over cut outs and quckly sprinkle ith extra fine cosmetic glitter. Take off the tape when wet let dry then seal it.
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What did you use for top coat? Some are thicker and better at being used in this way.
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depends on hat kind you buy. I dont do them often but i buy the ones which thin out and have a rounded curve to the edges which helps a little. My nails take alot of abuse so i mostly do them on my toes. Some do better than others but i do what you do except i do bare nails since i buy the sticky kind and then 2 coats on top. Maybe next time try the tape and glitter thing. Punch out tape apply to bare nails brush clear coat over cut outs and quckly sprinkle ith extra fine cosmetic glitter. Take off the tape when wet let dry then seal it.

Aahh, I probably have some cheapie ones then, as they are quite thick at the edges, 4 coats over them & they are still catching on things!
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Old October 5th, 2012, 01:14 AM   #7
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What did you use for top coat? Some are thicker and better at being used in this way.

I used my Nails Inc tope coat from a French mani set, it is the thickest I have. Actually, most of my nail varnishes are ancient & crappy, I should invest in some shiny new ones!
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I used my Nails Inc tope coat from a French mani set, it is the thickest I have. Actually, most of my nail varnishes are ancient & crappy, I should invest in some shiny new ones!

Well, the only Nails Inc. polishes I have are excellent, and I'd have thought an ancient (i.e., thickened) polish might well work okay for this type of application. Not sure what else to suggest. Hmmm ... .
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After applying each layer of top coat, wait for it to dry, then go over it with a nail buffer before applying the next layer. It'll remove the polish build up from the raised parts, making it smoother, without damaging the decoration.

You can do all the buffing at the end, but I find I accidentally take off too much and damage the decoration when I try to do it that way.
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Thanks, Kaydana, that makes sense! I knew there must be a trick to it
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