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3D Nail Art in Black and White by ProlificMuse 3D Nail Art in Black and White by ProlificMuse
This is my birthday present to myself, an outrageous set of acrylic nails!

If you like my nail art, come check out more on my blog: [link]
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:iconreneeallenportillo23:
I have some Bows and could they attach and stay to natural nail
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AntonellaDAmato Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Very original *__*
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:iconprolificmuse:
Thanks! =)
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BooIet Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
amazing! how did u stick on the chain/charm on your first finger?
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:iconprolificmuse:
Thanks! I used the nail glue that came with the acrylics that is usually used to adhere them to the natural nail. I wasn't going to glue them on with it because I only wanted to wear them for a little while and I didn't want to damage my natural nail. I used two lengths of chain, gluing the first one down on the nail and linking the second one to it in the middle, then I linked the charm on the end of it. I used needle nosed/jewelry pliers to do it.
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BooIet Feb 1, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ahh right. i might buy some of them! they look cool! any recommendations of what brand? :3
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:iconprolificmuse:
I don't do much with acrylics honestly, so I can't tell you a specific brand. I basically looked for some that could stand up to a bit of filing because I have rounded cuticles and all the long ones (and I wanted the long ones for this specific purpose!) were squared. I think sizing will have the biggest impact on the brand you choose. As a sort of follow up to my previous comment, I do recommend not gluing them down for various reasons but instead finding adhesive tabs. I found some at Walmart just called Nailene Ultra Tabs and they held pretty well in the short time I wore them. I tried to type while I was uploading my photos and the problem I had wasn't with the tabs but with the stuff I had glued to the nail =P The thing I liked about the tabs though was the removal. I didn't want to damage my natural nail because I do a lot of blogging with them. The tabs slid off with a little firm pressure and only left a tiny bit of residue. That came off with a bit of regular polish remover!

I hope some of that is helpful! Good luck to you!
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BooIet Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
ok thank you for all that advice!! sorry i guess i buggin you now, but do you have any tips of how to keep you nails strong and long? even when i dont put on nail varnish and all that, they still see to be thin and can break very easily. also, i have these wierd ridges on my nails, and im not sure why. could ou maybe tell how i could get rid of them? thanks once again!
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No problem =) And you're not bugging me at all! This is one of the reasons why I started blogging, to share my obsession with nails and polish with others =D

Nail health really starts with how you grow them! It can depend on you eat or don't eat vitamin wise. I take a multi-vitamin every day for starters. Aside from that, your nails get a lot healthier when you take care of your cuticles because that is where the nail grows from. I moisturize my cuticles twice a day at least because I live in a cold climate and I use a lot of chemicals on them. Basically, I take cuticle cream or hand lotion and massage it into my cuticles in a C motion, following the base of the nail, and spend at least 30 seconds on each finger. I tend to do it when I am reading something on the computer or watching a movie. You could try finding a strengthening base coat to put down before you polish and I am a huge fan of Orly's products for this. Ridges can be caused by several things, so I can't tell you exactly what is causing yours, but it could be from vitamin deficiency or it could be from rough treatment. When I was a teen, I used to pick my cuticles when I was nervous (Ugh!) and I'd have terrible ridges on my thumb nails. Making the changes I've suggested as to vitamins and moisturizing could get rid of them, though it might not, you'll just have to try it. As to getting rid of them immediately, I normally suggest buffing carefully, but since you have thin nails, I wouldn't recommend it. I can suggest, once again, a base coat, but this time one that is also a ridge filler. Orly makes a good one of these too!

Whew, sorry if that's a bit long-winded! I hope that it's helpful and wish you good luck with your nails!
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BooIet Feb 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
okay thank you so much for all your help! i hope your tips work!!!! okay just one very last thing and i need like a 1 sentence answer no need to write an essay :P
i bought this cuticle pen thing ans this is what it looks like:[link]
but the thing is, i dont really know how regularly to use it, and if i rub it in or what.
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