Chrome nails, also known as mirror nails, are one of the latest and most spectacular nail designs with an amazing optical effect. Well-groomed hands with beautifully shaped nails speak for themselves. Every woman tries to give her manicure an effective and vivid appearance, using juicy shades, unusual textures and original methods of decoration. Chrome nail art appeared on the podiums and glamorous celebrity parties and quickly became widely popular. The effect of a mirror on the nail plate, also called metal nails, is a good choice for those who want to be noticed, to attract attention, since their manicure will shine under the lights. This is also the perfect nail design for a New Year’s Eve party and any other festive occasion or event when you want to look irresistible and could afford a bit of extravagance!
How to do chrome nails at home?
There are different techniques and ways to do chrome nails at home. Obviously, you could go to a nail technician, but those of you who prefer DIY nail designs can choose which of the methods to use and give it a try.
The easiest way to create the mirror effect is to use chrome nail polish. It comes in different color and you apply it just like any other nail polish. The beauty shops offer chrome nail polish in almost any shade – from silver and gold to green, red, blue and anything in between so you can have a striking manicure with a modern sheen quickly and easily.
How to do chrome nails with metallic nail wraps?
You can create a mirror effect using chrome nail foil. However, working with foil is more difficult and requires the purchase of special materials as well as some experience. You can find chrome nail foil on-line or in beauty shops and when you have selected the color and have all the necessary items, you are ready to go.
Step 1 – Prepare your nails
File the nails in the desired shape, remove the cuticles, degrease the nail plate and polish. The surface of the nail should be perfectly even.
Step 2 – Apply a base
Apply a base but be careful for the color. It is important that the chosen color does not shine through the foil, but on the contrary, saturate it.
Step 3 – Apply the foil
You can cut the foil into pieces according to the size of the nail plate or cut the foil after it is stuck. Apply a layer of glue on the nail plate. Make sure it is not too thick. Press down the foil and smooth it carefully. You need to be careful and work slowly.
Step 4 – Remove the foil base
Remove the foil base and enjoy the mirror effect on your nails.
How to do mirror nails with chrome powder?
There are two main methods to create a shiny mirror effect by using chrome powder. Usually, the powder is applied over UV gel nail polish, but you could apply it over non UV gel nail polish and it is possible to apply it over regular nail polish as well. Here are step by step instructions:
Step 1 – Prepare your nails
Take time and cut, file and shape your nails. Trim the cuticles. If you plan to use UV gel nail polish you need to use a buffer and buff the nails so that the gel sticks to the plate. Clean nail dust with a soft brush.
Step 2 – Apply nail polish
If you have applied regular nail polish, wait until it dries slightly and becomes sticky. If using a gel-varnish, first apply a primer, let it dry and then apply two thin layers of gel and cure each layer under the lamp.
Step 3 – Apply the chrome powder
Use a small applicator and gently rub chrome powder on the nail plate until the mirror shine appears. Make sure that the nail polish is covered completely.
Step 4- Apply a top coat
Clean excess chrome powder from your fingers and apply a top coat to protect your nail design. Enjoy your beautiful and fashionable chrome nails!