When it comes to manicures, no two clients want the same thing. Some will ask for a simple manicure with one nail shade, while others want elaborate freehand designs. Occasionally, a client will want to take their manicure to the next level with 3D embellishments that add depth and height to an otherwise straightforward look.

Because creative 3D nail art is becoming increasingly more popular, every nail professional should be ready to create stunning, dimensional looks with these 3D nail art supplies.

1. Stones

Nail art stones and jewels instantly add a touch of elegance to any manicure. From diamonds to crystals, these stones come in all shapes and sizes and can be used to spice up any look. Luckily, you’ll only need a safe and strong nail glue to adhere these to nails, but be sure to seal the final masterpiece with a topcoat for long-lasting glamour.

2. Paint

Sometimes the best way to create a 3D look is through illusion. Add depth to a one-dimensional design by shading the edges of graphic images, or create mind-blowing watercolor designs that look like you could dip your hand straight into the art. For the best 3D results, combine sharp, contrasting colors, and use dark colors and a thin, angled brush to cast shadows.

3. Acrylic

Acrylic powder is a must have for any nail salon. With a liquid and powder system, you can create unique, one-of-a-kind embossed designs, such as intricate flowers or delicate bows, that perfectly match your client’s nail shape and shade. You can also use acrylic to mold fabulous designs on a separate work station, then use nail glue or acrylic powder to apply your sculpture to the nail. Whether you emboss or sculpt, this medium will let you create incredible designs your clients will love.

4. Stickers

Nail stickers are a quick and easy way to transform your client’s nails into something gorgeous. Nail stickers come in a wide variety of designs, like lace, crosshatching, plaid, houndstooth or polka dots. All you need to make stunning 3D nail art with stickers is a solid topcoat.

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There are countless ways to make your client’s manicure 3D, and countless 3D nail art supplies that can help. Whether you’re creating minimal dimension by sugaring glitter for a textured look or taking it to the max by gluing beads, pearls, studs or sequins to the nails, you’re sure to make heads turn with your 3D nail art.