Friday, 3 January 2014

Sparkly Glitter Nails

I've done several tutorials on DIY nail patches in the past but the application I did for new years was by-far the most successful experiment I've done so far.

Firstly, head over to the original DIY nail patches tutorial to get an idea of how it works. Then follow these steps for some special nails:

  1. Paint a mid-grey nail polish in two coats for each nail patch, making sure to pay specific attention to the rounded, cuticle edge of the patch, keeping the side borders straight. Remember, this is done on the oven paper, not on your nails!
  2. Let the nail polish dry slightly, maybe a few minutes, and then sprinkle fine silver glitter, like you'd find in a craft shop all over the nail patches.
  3. Shake off the excess glitter onto a folded A4 paper to facilitate putting the extra back in the bottle.
  4. Let dry 1 hour.
  5. Coat glitter nails with 1 thick coat, or 2 thin coats of clear nail polish until smooth and sealed.
  6. Let dry 2 hours
  7. Paint a thin coat of the same mid-grey nail colour on one nail at a time.
  8. Before the nail polish dries, peel the corresponding nail patch off of your oven paper and apply it to your wet nail, pressing down firmly and making sure to press the edges.
  9. Continue with the rest of your nails
  10. Use a fine nail file to file off the excess nail patches at the tips
  11. You're ready to party!  Make sure to wait about 20 minutes before submerging your hands in water or doing any hand-heavy activities. You don't have to be as cautious as with a traditional manicure, but it's best not to start constructing anything with wood or preparing chicken for a tiny while.
VoilĂ !

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