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November 15, 2016

How-To: Crushed Velvet

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The holiday season is the time to embrace opulence and luxury, and this nail look from CND delivers just that. It uses a stamping plate to create a pattern on the nail, but it’s totally doable if you just freehand the pattern, too! Check out how to get this crushed velvet look!

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This look uses one of the newest shades in the CND SHELLAC® range from the Starstruck Collection! The dazzling jewel tones embody the elegance of Hollywood (plus, they are pretty perfect for the holiday season)!


1. Prep the nails. CND recommends using the P.E.P. Technique to ensure SHELLAC® adheres properly to the natural nail plate. P.E.P. stands for Perform a Manicure, Eliminate Surface Contaminants and Purify Nail Plate Layers.



2. Apply a thin layer of SHELLAC® Brand Base Coat. Cure for 10 seconds in the CND LED Lamp.

3. Apply two thin layers of SHELLAC® Garnet Glamour. Cure each layer for one minute.

4. Apply a thin layer of SHELLAC® Brand XPRESS5™ Top Coat. Cure for one minute.

5. Wipe with 99 percent isopropyl alcohol to remove the top film.

6. Apply SHELLAC® Black Pool to the pattern in a stamping plate. Use the stamping scraper to remove excess color, roll the stamper over the pattern and apply to the nail.

7. Use a detail brush to apply Black Pool over the pattern to create a raised effect. Do not cure.

8. Use a spatula to sprinkle RETENTION+® Sculpting Powder Clear over the pattern. Allow the powder to absorb in the uncured Black Pool and repeat until there is no longer any shine. Cure for one minute.

9. Wipe with 99 percent rubbing alcohol to remove residue.


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