Metallic manicure has become widely popular in recent years. You have probably seen more than once photographs of the works of nail service masters, on which marigolds flaunt with a metal jacket or pattern. Few people know that such a manicure is created quite simply and is quite doable at home.
To create such a fashionable nail design, you need a special manicure foil, which is available in a wide range in specialized stores.
Today we will talk about the types of such foil and how to decorate nails with it.
Immediately, we note that a special manicure foil is needed for nail design. You may not even try to create with the help of regular food, it still won’t work. Foil for nails differs from food in much smaller thickness, greater flexibility and composition. There are two types of manicure foil:
- detachable (or non-translatable).
The tear-off foil is thicker and comes in the form of stickers. It is attached to the marigold by heat or with the help of special glue. You can decorate with such a foil both the entire marigold and its individual sections in the form of patterns, the remnants are removed with a nail file.
Transfer foil is produced in rolls and is slightly cheaper than tear-off foil. Transfer it to the nails using special glue or gel polish. The transfer foil is much easier to transfer to the nails, and therefore it is recommended for use by beginners in the field of nail art.
Technique for creating a manicure using transfer foil
To create metallic beauty on your nails, you will need:
- manicure tools (manicure set);
- colored varnish;
- glue for foil;
- directly the foil itself.
Try to choose a colored varnish in accordance with the color of the foil.
To begin with, we traditionally tidy up our pens by means of a classic or European manicure. We will not describe in detail the technique of their implementation here, since a sufficient number of materials are devoted to these topics on our page. It is important to perform the basic manipulations very carefully, because foil, like everything shiny, can highlight the slightest flaws.
We cover the marigolds with a base coat, which can be used as a strengthening enamel. Apply one layer of base color varnish on top and dry it.
On top of the decorative colored layer, we apply a special foil glue, which will help us transfer the pattern to the nail plate. Let it dry slightly until it becomes transparent. Instead of glue, you can use bases for glitter varnishes, which will also do this job well.
The transfer foil has two sides – bright colored and matte. Apply a matte side to the nail. If you are in doubt as to whether you have correctly identified the sides of the foil, try scratching it. The side that you can scratch will be applied to the nail.
We apply the manicure foil to the nail plate covered with glue and smooth it well. Try not to leave wrinkles or air bubbles between the foil and the surface of the nail.
Wait a little for the foil to fully adhere to the nail. Try not to rush, otherwise part of the pattern will remain on the foil and will not be transferred to the nail.
We take the foil by the free end and tear it off with a sharp movement of the hand. A metallic pattern should remain on the nail plate. We repeat the manipulations with each nail.
If the pattern is not completely printed, you can reapply the foil and tear it off again sharply. In this case, it is important not to apply the decor to an already printed design, otherwise the foil may crack.
Wait a couple of minutes and cover the nails with a top coat. It is important not to apply the finishing coat immediately after transferring the pattern, otherwise micro-cracks may form. And don’t press too hard with the brush.
Manicure foil may tarnish from some fixers, but this property of the top cannot be predicted in advance. Tops from Vera Advanced will definitely not tarnish.
There are many options for creating a metal manicure. With the help of foil, you can design your nails with a cast effect. Some ideas are presented in the photo below.