I’ve done a few chrome powder manis by now, so for today’s mani I thought I’d combine the powder with nail vinyls. Out of the powders I’ve tried I have to say that the powders from Whats up nails are by far the best, they are super easy to apply and they look amazing!!
A couple of weeks ago I got some pr samples from Whats up nails, and the Alchemy powder was one of the things I got (along with stamping plates, vinyls and water decals). After trying it I just had to get another chrome powder, so I recently bought the Fairy powder.
As a mentioned before I decided to use the powder together with vinyls. I had no idea how it would turn out, so I decided to make one accent nail with the vinyl. To be honest it actually turned out better than I thought.
Here’s how I made this chrome mani using regular polish:
1. Apply a base coat. I used a Ridge filling from Essie to get a smooth surface.
2. Paint your nails with one coat of a black polish, I used Lady in black from OPI.
3. Apply liquid latex around your nails and cuticles to make the cleanup easier.
4. Apply a second coat of the black polish.
5. After letting the second coat dry for approximately 2-3 minutes (just so it’s dry to the touch) I started applying the powder using my finger tip.
6. Gently buff the powder on your nails. The more you buff, the better it looks, so give it some time. Have in mind that a little goes a long way, you don’t need to use much product at all.
7. When you’re happy with the result take a fan brush and gently sweep it over the nails to remove any leftover powder.
8. Time to top coat! I used the Secret top/base coat from Little Ondine which is a water based top coat, because regular top coats will ruin the chrome finish. After letting the top coat dry for about 30 minutes I applied a regular (non quick dry) top coat from OPI over it to make the mani last longer.
For the accent nail I applied two coats of black polish and then a quick dry top coat (Liquid Macro from Superchic Lacquer). After letting that dry completely (about 20 minutes) I placed the Lizard stencil on the nail and painted a coat of black polish over it. I let the polish dry just so it’s dry to the touch and then applied the Fairy powder over it. What happened was that the powder stuck to the whole nail, and I was just expecting the powder to stick to the tacky polish, not the completely dry polish. I don’t know if it was the top coat that I used that made it stick, but I’m happy that it did, I think it turned out really cool!
Hope you like this mani! I made a tutorial for this design which you can see on my Instagram by clicking here.
So, what do you think of these chrome powders, yay or nay?