The X Factor finale is so close we can almost hear the winner’s song. Not only have the contestants been particularly talented this year, they’ve been talon-ted (sorry not sorry). So, we’ve taken a look back over some of the winning nail looks created by nail technician Karen Louise. Check out the products that added a little X-tra to the contestant’s fingertips…
5. Apply a thin coat of Gel Effect by Nina Ultra Pro All About Autumn Collection in Moonstone, starting from the little finger and making your way across to the other hand.
6. Apply a second coat, again starting at the little finger and working across to the other hand. As you would have polished over acrylic, you do not want to be able to see the clear line of the nail, so it’s important to seal the edges.
7. Allow the nail polish to dry until it’s tacky, and then very carefully place the foil on the nail.
8. Apply Nails Inc Top Coat to secure the foils and to finish the look with a high-gloss effect.
6. Apply a second coat, again starting with the little finger and working across to the other hand. As you would have polished over acrylic, you do not want to be able to see the clear line of the nail, so it’s important to seal the edges.
6. Apply a second coat to the same four fingers, and cure for another 30 seconds.
Repeat the previous two steps on the other four fingers and the two thumbs.
7. Once all the nails are cured and still tacky, use your fingertip to add So Easy Glitter in White Powder (you can use a small brush but this creates more mess and your fingertip allows you to push the glitter into the sticky gel layer). Repeat on all ten fingers, ensuring the glitter is pushed into the sticky later to create a smoother finish.
8. Using a soft dust brush, brush off the excess glitter dust.
5. Dip a small stripping brush into Nails Inc Pro Long Wear Gel Look in Buckingham Lane and start to create different designs on each nail. Make sure you have a very steady hand to create the straight lines of your block design. Repeat this on all 10 nails, but remember to change the position of the block on each nail.