Tracy P. is the makeup artist to Toronto’s Breakfast Television and Cityline. She is a popular beauty guest expert on Canada’s longest running lifestyle TV show Cityline, teaching the latest makeup tips and tricks. Tracy’s also the creator of her own makeup iPhone app called Makeup iQ. For more tips, follow Tracy on Twitter & Instagram at: @TracypMakeup
Nail art has exploded in the past few years. Not only nail art, but the type of polish, from regular polish to shellac. Which one do you choose? Well, I found the answer to your nail prayers, and it’s called Bio Seaweed Gel!!!
Bio Seaweed Gel is a gel polish that can be applied to natural nails, artificial nails or even acrylic nails. It dries instantly from 30secs to 2mins under a UV/LED light, so no more waiting for it to dry, and it lasts 2-3wks with no chipping or cracking.
So, what’s the difference between Bio Seaweed Gel or any other gel? Bio Seaweed Gel is the healthier gel! It doesn’t stain, weaken or dehydrate the natural nails, because it’s free of harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, BHA & solvents that damage and dry out the nails, like other gels. Also, Bio Seaweed Gel goes directly on dry, clean nails, so NO need to ruin your nails with excessive filing and buffing before the application to get that rough surface. You remove it like any other gel, with a pure acetone 5min soak.
Bio Seaweed Gel Base Coat
Bio Seaweed Gel (Color or colors of your choice)
Bio Seaweed Gel Top Coat
UV/LED Light (You can buy them for home use in your local beauty supplier)
Jenn Tran, is the amazing nail artist who has created fun nail designs for me in the past, and my nails for this piece. I met Jenn a few weeks back when I went into the Showroom & Education nail salon in downtown Toronto for the first time to get the Bio Seaweed Gel done.
Make sure your hands are clean, with the cuticles pushed back, and wipe your nails with 70% or 99% alcohol. Let it dry and you’re ready to start. Jenn says, “The key to helping gels or ANY nail polish stay on, is to clean the oils from your nails”.
Apply Bio Seaweed Gel’s No Sanding Base Coat, and then put your fingers under a LED light for 45secs.
Applied Bio Seaweed Gel color “Snow White” (2 coats) with 45secs under the LED light in between coats. “With ANY polish you should always do 2 coats, because the real color doesn’t settle in until the 2nd coat,” says Jenn.
Time to start the design. Jenn, used Bio Seaweed Gel’s “Black Magic” to draw the design. She used a long bristled brush that’s meant for drawing designs. Any nail design kit, you can buy in a drug store has that brush. Be sure to remove any color off the brush with pure acetone, before dipping it into another color, to avoid mixing colors. Once you’ve drawn your design, it’s back under the LED light for 45secs.
Then Jenn filled in the design, with the “Black Magic” and back under the LED light for another 45secs.
Then Jenn drew in beautiful gold lines, with a Bio Seaweed Gel polish called, “Bahama Mama”. And she also added fun little dots, giving my nails an almost tuxedo look with cute little buttons, using the tip of a wooden orange stick or Jenn says, you can also use a toothpick as an alternative. Then under the LED light for…you got it…45secs!
The final step is Jenn added Bio Seaweed Gel’s Top Coat, and then for the last time, 45secs in the LED light. And you’re DONE for 2-3weeks!!!
THE RULES ARE, THERE ARE NO RULES
Now I know what you’re thinking, “Easy for you to wear funky nails Tracy…you’re a makeup artist, you’re job allows you to be creative in your attire”. But don’t despair, if you work in a bank or do a job that calls for a more conservative look. Jenn explains, “Some people look at the trends and think they can’t wear it at work. Yes you can! You just use colors you’re comfortable with”. She goes on to suggest, if you’re more conservative, try a clear polish all over the nails and then accent the nails with a soft bubble bath pink on the tips. Put your own spin on it. Jenn says, “The trend is, there are no rules. Your nails are an accessory, like a necklace. It used to be women just got manicures, it needed to be clean with one color. Now it’s a fashion statement with all this nail art. So go with what you’re comfortable with.”
A LOOK AHEAD
I asked Jenn what she sees coming up for nail trends, “Simple graphic lines, and the colors aren’t as loud with the designs as far as color combinations. It’s more subtle and neutral.
So, you heard it here…The rules are, there are no rules!!! Nail art is a phenomenon and there’s no reason why you too shouldn’t join in on the craze. Remember, it’s meant to be fun, so try something new and see what the hype is all about. I know I’m hooked!!!
For more information on how to get your hands on some Bio Seaweed Gel polishes and salon locations in your area for application, check out their website at: www.bioseaweedgel.com