Wowing us with diamond nails and shattered glass nails, Eun Kyung Park, the founder of Unistella Salon in Seoul, South Korea, has done it yet again. But this time the nail art queen left nail artists everywhere spellbound.
Park debuted her latest innovation, wire work nails, earlier this year on Instagram and nail art fanatics went wild. The cutting-edge technique involves using thin gold wire twisted and shaped into 3-D designs on the nail. From hearts and cherries to flamingos and artsy faces, wire nails have become the new "it" nail design.
This edgy, modern look begins with very thin gold wire that is bent and twisted into shapes to form nail art designs and nail extensions. The pioneer of wire nails says her inspiration came from the bendy, interconnected wording of neon sign lettering. Using tweezers, the wire is first twisted and manipulated into tiny designs. The pre-made wire designs are then laid on the nail, topped with a clear gel polish and cured under a UV lamp.
The possibilities are endless with what you can create with wire nail art. Here are some ways to create your own looks.
Wire Work Nail Art Basics
Essentially, a wire manicure is simply a gel manicure with thin, sculpted wire encased in a gel top coat. The challenging part comes in the tediousness of sculpting the wire to make it what you want. Here are the basic steps to creating your wire nail look.
If you want to achieve a cleaner, more minimalist look, apply clear gel only to the nail, and add wire accents like “cuticle cuffs” or outline the nail with the wire. If you really want to jazz up your wire nail look, add studs, beads, and crystals to give it a more artsy appearance.
When it comes to creating wire nail art, remember to practice and be patient. Working with thin wire can be very tedious and challenging. Designing your creations to fit the nail will present some challenges so allow yourself some trial and error time before trying it on clients.
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Tiffani Douglas is an author, speaker, beauty-marketing consultant and licensed nail technician with over 20 years experience in the beauty industry.
A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Tiffani worked her way through college as a manicurist to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism, with a concentration in strategic marketing. After college, she went on to work in corporate America as a marketing and media maven, but ever passionate about the beauty industry, she founded her own mobile spa.
During that time she also began consulting other beauty professionals in the areas of marketing and branding, which sparked an idea to write two e-books, Social Media Marketing: A Guide for Beauty Professionals and Are You a True Beauty Professional– 7 Practical Steps to Being More Professional, Upgrading Your Business and Increasing Your Revenue. She recently released her first published book, Straight Outta Beauty School - 10 Things You Need to Know and Do After You Graduate.
Tiffani resides in Dallas, Texas where she continues to inspire beauty pros young and old by offering them the tools they need to grow personally and professionally.
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