A while back, I talked about how to get true metallic nails. Currently, there is no really mirror-like metallic polish on the market. There are some foily shiny polishes, but nothing truly reflective. Maybe in a few years, but nothing at the moment and I haven’t heard of any new polish breakthroughs on that front.
So the best way is to use nail foils. They are thin sheets of foil, almost like a Mylar balloon, that are applied over a layer of sticky nail glue. The foil comes off the backing and sticks to the glue. This manicure is not very long-lasting and will come off when the glue dissolves. It’s best for a party or event, as the foil won’t survive more than a couple hand-washings.
I got my foil from Transdesign, an online nail goods supplier.
Some readers asked for a step-by-step tutorial on the foil, so here goes:
Clean your nails and paint on the glue as you would a normal nail polish. It will be white in color and then turn totally transparent when it is dry.
Let the glue dry completely and do not touch it.
Cut the foil to fit each nail.
Then, lay it on the nail, shiny side up, and press down to smooth it out. You cannot reposition it.
Try to avoid wrinkles, but it will be difficult!
Use a flat-edged tool to smooth down the foil. You can use a credit card or piece of stiff plastic.
Peel off the foil slowly from the bottom.
Then, clean up any mess on your cuticles and fill in any gaps in the foil by placing a fresh foil sheet over the blank area.
I heard from a reader that the special topcoat sold by Transdesign was no good. The foil will flake and sort of crack if any topcoat is added. I tried everything I had and the foil sort of broke up and became dull. I decided to add some Konad to this one to cover the imperfections. The foil is loads of fun, but will show any imperfections in your nails like crazy, since it is so reflective. So give them a buff first, and try to use a patterned foil since they are a little easier to manage than the mirror ones. You can also add some foil accents to nails over polish.
Here’s what I got when I added Konad:
To remove, use nail polish remover or soak in warm soapy water- the glue is very water soluable, so it will come off easily. Have fun!