Stereoscopic nail art has been popular in Japan since the mid-90s and the style is increasing in popularity in the US and other parts of the world too now.
This isn’t your staid French manicure on a sports-length acrylic nail either. We’re talking one to two inches of nail extending past the tip of the finger.
In Japanese nail art, nail artists use hand-painting or airbrush techniques on on acrylic nail chips that are then attached to the real nail underneath. The artwork work can also be done directly on the hand.
While most of the two-dimensional art is designed to give some depth and the impression of three dimensions, actual 3-dimensional nail art is practiced as well – using sculpture powder and the addition of charms and small bits of jewelry.
Japanese Nail Art
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