Digital Nail Art

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Digital Nail Art

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This startling and impressive piece of new technology was something I have never seen before – a table-top machine which spray paints the design of your choice onto individual nails.

I have to say that it is a time consuming process, as it involves a series of procedures which start with a traditional manicure. The nails which are going to be sprayed are painted white, so the colours of your design will show up clearly, then painted again with a plasticky substance which helps to hold the ink.

Next, a specially shaped piece of dark blue rubbery adhesive sheet is stuck carefully over your finger around the nail. This is to keep the ink off your skin. Your finger is then clipped into a thick plastic wedge which holds it in place and at the right height inside the machine.

There’s an entire book of possible designs, literally thousands with a choice ranging from lace and flowers to cartoons and vivid abstracts. I chose a couple of underwater scenes with colourful fish, because they made me laugh, and the codes for these were duly entered into the machine.

It is all very clever, with a series of controls which allow you to flip the design over, change the size and move the pattern around until it covers the nail exactly the way you want. You can even see your hand inside the machine on a central screen, and watch as the colours build up into your design.

Of course, you have to keep your hand perfectly still whilst this is going on, but although it is slightly disconcerting to place your hand inside a machine with moving parts, the whole thing is painless and reasonable quick. Top coats, polish hardeners and a fair amount of time with your hands under a dryer complete the process, although it is wise to take care for a couple of hours longer before the polish is properly set. The end result, however, is worth it – I was delighted with my fish!

This was a rare treat, and I really do mean treat, as with some complicated combination of purchase and loyalty points, it came as a bonus addition to a free manicure at Etude House in Singapore. Regular customers pay S$10 per 2 nails on top of the manicure price.

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(Many thanks to daughter #2 who – for obvious reasons – took most of these photos)