Category: Nail Art

HOW TO DO CHROME NAILS

HOW TO DO CHROME NAILS

CHROME MIRROR NAILS WITH UV GEL

If you’ve ever thought of trying out chrome nails, but thought it was too difficult… Think again, here is an easy to follow step-by-step guide on how to create the mirror chrome look at home using normal UV gel polish.

ITEMS THAT YOU WILL NEED:
  • Nail prep tools (nail file, buff, cuticle pusher/clipper and primer)
  • UV Gel Base Coat
  • Black (or other very dark) UV Gel Polish
  • Chrome Powder
  • Eyeshadow applicator (new or cleaned and dry)
  • UV Gel Top Coat (must be a non-wipe top coat)
  • UV Nail Lamp
  • Fan brush (or similar soft make up brush)
STEPS TO DO CHROME NAILS:
  • Prep the nail as usual for applying a gel polish manicure.
  • Apply the gel base coat and cure as normal (time as indicated for your strength of lamp).
  • Apply the gel polish color, curing in-between each coat as normal (for a dark color, thin coats and a slightly longer curing time is suggested – dark colors can take a bit longer to cure that light colors).
  • Apply the gel top coat, but cure for the minimal time only (slightly less than usual time, the top coat should still be slightly stick to the touch).
  • Now it’s time to do the chrome powder application.
  • Dip the one side of the applicator into the chrome powder and rub it onto the nail. Make sure you use generous amount of powder to coat the full nail.
  • Once you have covered the full nail evenly with the chrome powder, turn over the applicator and use the clean side to buff/polish the nail. Buffing with the applicator will give the nail an even shiny look.
  • Wipe away any excess powder from cuticle area with a fan brush (or something similar).
  • End with a layer of gel top coat and cure for the normal time.
  • Your are now finished and should have smooth, shiny chrome looking nails.

Why isn’t the chrome powder sticking to my nails?

You may have over cured your top coat before applying the chrome powder, cure it for less next time. Before applying the chrome powder it is recommended to cure your non-wipe top coat the lowest number (shortest time) that your lamp has, usually around 20-30 seconds on average.

Can I use a lighter color if I don’t have black or a dark color gel?

You will need to use either black (or a very dark colour) to show off the chrome’s shade and effect the best. Lighter colors can be used if you are using holographic or mermaid powder, using the same application method as for chrome powder.

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HOW TO APPLY FOILS

HOW TO APPLY FOILS

FOIL NAILS WITH UV GEL

Using nail foils is the easiest way to create stunning and detailed nail art without any artist skills. There are so many different patterns and styles available, it’s easy to find a few that suit your style!

ITEMS THAT YOU WILL NEED:
  • Nail prep tools (nail file, buff, cuticle pusher/clipper and primer)
  • UV Base Coat
  • UV Gel Polish (any color that complements your chosen foils)
  • Gel Residue Wipe Off Solution (or a non-acetone nail polish remover)
  • Lint-free nail wipes
  • Sticky / Transfer Foil Gel
  • Nail Foil in your chosen pattern
  • UV Top Coat
  • UV Nail Lamp
STEPS TO APPLY NAIL FOILS:
  • Prep the nail as usual for applying a gel polish manicure.
  • Apply the base coat and cure as normal (time as indicated for your strength of lamp).
  • Apply 1 coat of gel polish (in any color complementing your chosen nail foil) and cure for the normal time.
  • After curing, the colour will be a bit sticky to the touch.
  • Wipe off the sticky gel layer using lint-free nail wipes soaked in gel residue wipe off solution. If you do not have gel residue wipe off solution, you can use an non-acetone nail polish remover instead.
  • Now apply the Sticky Gel / Transfer Gel and cure under your lamp for the usual time.
  • Before continuing, allow nail to cool down for at least 30 seconds after curing
  • Place the foil (silver/shiny side down) onto the cured and cooled sticky gel, pressing down firmly to make sure the foil comes into contact with the entire nail surface. Using a hoofstick can be handy for this step, as it will reach the edges of the nail right up to the cuticle.
  • Once you are satisfied that the foil has made contact with the whole surface you want covered by foil, gently peel the foil off from the nail. The transfer layer will stick onto gel surface if all has been done correctly.
  • Apply a single layer of base coat and cure (if you miss this step, your top coat will start peeling off after a day or 2)
  • Seal with top coat and cure.

Purchase Nail Foils and Foil Sticky Gel here

GLITTER ON GEL NAILS

GLITTER ON GEL NAILS

GLITTER NAILS WITH UV GEL

If you don’t have a bottle of glittered gel, you can still have glitter nails using loose glitter. There are a few different ways to apply loose nail glitter during a gel manicure. Here are 2 of the most popular (and easiest) ways to do it.

ITEMS THAT YOU WILL NEED:
  • Nail prep tools (nail file, buff, cuticle pusher/clipper and primer)
  • UV Base Coat
  • UV Gel Polish (any color that complements your chosen glitter)
  • Loose Glitter
  • Firm flat gel brush (or similar firm make up brush)
  • Fan brush (or similar soft make up brush)
  • UV Top Coat
  • UV Nail Lamp
STEPS TO APPLY LOOSE GLITTER:

DIP (OR SPRINKLE) METHOD

Fine glitter needs to be used for this application method

  • Prep the nail as usual for applying a gel polish manicure.
  • Apply the base coat and cure as normal (time as indicated for your strength of lamp).
  • Apply two coats of any colour, curing as normal between each layer (choose a color that compliments your glitter).
  • After curing, the gel colour polish will be a bit sticky to the touch.
  • Put your finger into the bowl of glitter, or sprinkle the glitter over the nail, depending on how much glitter you want on the nail. The glitter will stick to the sticky cured gel polish color.

Note – Be gentle if dipping your nail into the glitter, don’t bump the nail as this could cause an uneven look. Sprinkling the glitter onto the nail until you have the desired amount/coverage is probably the better option… although this can get a bit messy, so keep a paper towel under your hand to catch the falling glitter.

  • Gently press the glitter into the gel polish on the nail using the small flat brush. This is to ensure the glitter is placed well to give you a flat nail surface, and to ensure the cuticle area is neat.
  • Tap of the excess glitter and remove any left over glitter with a fan brush (or similar soft brush that you have available).
  • Apply 2 coats of top coat, curing each layer and capping the free edges – this will ensure the glitter stays in place. 

CREATE YOUR OWN PRE-MIXED GLITTER GEL:

Any glitter or nail sequins can be used for this method

  • Pour out a little clear gel into a mixing pallet or small container – I find an old jar cap works very well, as in the photo below this post.
  • Add the desired amount of glitter (or sequins) and mix well.
  • Using a gel brush, apply your new glitter gel as mentioned below:

If the clear gel you use is a Base Coat – You must first apply an non-glittered base coat to your prepped/primed nails, before continuing with the glittered base coat – sealing with a top coat. This will give you a clear nail with glitter, so you can use any color glitter you want.

If the clear gel you use is a Top Coat – You would apply your normal base coat and color gel layers, curing in between each layer as usual. Then apply and cure your glittered top coat, but also seal with an non-glittered top coat. This will give you a colored nail with glitter on top. Here you have to consider which colors you use, as you don’t want the nail color and the glitter color to clash.

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