I’ll have the combo, please

From time to time, I have the client who comes in for a combo– both hands & feet. These days, it’s not a huge deal to have to match your finger nails with your toe nails. I don’t usually rock the same pedi design as my gel nails. In fact, usually they are completely different. But, sometimes, I like to have a common theme.

My clients who ask for a mani-pedi combo generally try to match, whether in color or print, there is usually a connective concept. But sometimes. This can be hard because people are more open to have funky colors and designs on their toes, but stick to something more subtle and subdued on their hands. Otherwise, they are such wild and adventurous people, they can’t decide which single design they want to commit to.

That’s where I come in. The client will pick either a mani, gel nails, or pedi design, and I will have to work around it to make a cohesive combo design. Sometimes this is hard for me, because…well…I tend to have nail art ADD. Whoops! Luckily, I have always been able to find the perfect design for every client. (I just am a born talker. I can ask numerous open-ended questions and make descriptions to get to the image in our minds out).

Here are a few combo designs:

20120921-044501.jpg My own nails. When I was still learning how to do gel nails. This is a natural nail overlay using CalGel. Bow is a charm I bought online.

20120921-044508.jpg My own feet. Just polish.

20120921-044516.jpg This is actually a regular manicure using polish and holograms. We created a gradation look using black glitter polish and black & silver holograms.

20120921-044526.jpg We stayed with the silver & black color theme. This pedicure is done with just polish, and I painted on the zebra stripes with acrylic paint.

20120921-044534.jpg Natural nail overlay done using CalGel. One of my first gel clients. This is a safari type design– giraffe print with turquoise stones.

20120921-044548.jpg Skipped the giraffe print, but same gel color and stones. This pedi is a foot gel.

20120921-044602.jpg She wanted something simple and elegant for her wedding rehearsal. CalGel natural nail overlay in magenta pink with Swarovski stones.

20120921-044616.jpg Kept in sync with the Swarovski stones and elegant simple one color look. Instead of magenta, she opted for a soft nudish, beige-pink. This pedi is a foot gel.

20120921-044622.jpg My own nails I did. Natural nail overlay using CalGel and Eriko holograms. It is a heart design with polkadots. The bow is an acrylic charm piece purchased online.

20120921-044630.jpg My feet! This is personally one of my favorite pedicures I did for myself. I love the colors and the print. See, I told you my hands & feet don’t match, the only similarity in this combo is that they are both colorful. I used regular polish. China Glaze polishes and I painted on the spots with acrylic paint.

20120921-044641.jpg Another natural nail overlay gel nails. This is Trump Gel. The holograms are Eriko and the stars are stickers.

20120921-044647.jpg We didn’t do corals & pinks with silver for the pedi. Instead we went with a monochrome with a pop color & gold colors. The colors are alternated just like the hands. And we used the same star stickers to tie them in together. This design was done using polish.

I hope this have you guys some insight on the different combo approaches you can take. You don’t always have to match perfectly– or at all for that matter. Even the smallest details can tie together a mani and pedi.

Thanks for visiting, and remember to keep your claws modish!