Every now and then, I like to give myself a manicure. No, I’m not the best at it, and I’m definitely not a professional. I simply cannot fathom spending $25 and up for polish on my nails. Not to mention, the process they use at the salon to apply gel nails messes up my natural nails. It takes forever to grow them back out! 😦
So off to Wal-Mart I went, and I began doing my own nails.
Not bad for a “lefty”! A simple “French” manicure, with some glitter top coat thrown on for the heck of it 🙂
I’ve also tried the Water-marbling technique:
This was a mess.
So, I was on YouTube a few months ago, watching my new favorite Simply Nailogical ‘s channel and she made a tutorial about using all of the shiny powders on your nails!
I watched the first one and said “OH MY GOD I HAVE TO DO THIS!” Check her out at the link above, she’s got lots of great tutorials (and a love for all things HOLO!)
I did a wee bit of shopping on Amazon…I had to invest in a curing lamp, black gel polish, and a gel top coat. I found a set of 12 powders from Pretty Diva-and I decided to invest in that. I knew from watching all of the videos that it only takes a little bit of powder to make a nail really shine.
I’m *good* on multi-chrome powder. Manicures for years right here.
What I don’t like about this product is that they really don’t give much of a description as to what tone these powders yield. They have numbers on the bottom, and that’s all. (But really, I want to know what tone of multi-chrome #001 is!)
I guess this is why they sent this demo set of fake nails with it:
Since I did my nails last night and didn’t think to take pictures (I know, I’m horrible!), I’m going to show you how it’s done using one of these fake ones. The company also included several applicators in the box. Yeah, they look like eye shadow applicators.
Step 1: Paint and Bake!
Paint one coat on your nail and cure (or bake, just depends on what you call it) for 60 seconds.
For the second coat, the instructions that come with the powder recommend to allow 30-40 seconds for the gel to set before buffing the powder, also known as shiny goodness onto your nail.
Using the applicator, lightly dab the powder on to one side. Using a little bit of pressure, begin to buff the nail. It worked best for me when I used a vertical motion, almost like I was painting it on.
Time for the gel top coat. Then, it goes back in the oven!!! (It’s a UV light)
I tried to get a good picture of the color-changing action…but my camera doesn’t seem to want to catch it. Hmm. I’ll work on that. It flip-flops between green and purple 🙂
I was out and about, running errands earlier today and got several compliments! They were stunned to hear that I did this myself (although it looks rough close up), and after I explained how simple it was I think a couple of them may be trying this at home!
Have you tried this awesome technique yet?! I want to know!
I may try the holographic powder soon, to see if it’s really possible to turn my nails into little mirrors 😛
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