Maybe it’s just because I’m a child of the 80s, but I looove all things holographic. The last time I got a manicure, my salon girl was telling me about the new foils that had just got in, and as it was a new thing to me, I was kind of fascinated with how they work.
Of course being a DIY-minded girl, I wanted to find out how to use foils myself, and it turns out that it’s pretty easy!
Cut and trim your nails to desired shape and apply a few coats of whichever base coat you would prefer. I chose to use a white polish so the pink foil would clearly stand out against it.
Cut some straight and long but thin strips of foil as well if you want to do little stripes next to your triangle pieces.
Brush a thin but even coat of foil adhesive over your nails and let them dry (I would do one hand at a time). The glue should turn clear when dry, but you really don’t want it to be too wet or the foil won’t stick.
So, I would wait about 15-20 minutes to make sure it’s dry enough. It should be a little tacky, but not wet.
When the glue is dry enough, place a piece of your foil where you want to apply it to your nail and use your orange stick to rub the foil onto the nail so the pattern will transfer to the tacky glue beneath.
You’ll want to rub pretty hard to get it to stay, but you can always lift up a bit on the end that’s hanging over the edge of your nail to see what’s sticking and what’s not.
Once your foil is fully rubbed onto the nail, peel the rest of the transfer strip off the nail and it should leave the foil design behind!
Seal your foil with a quick coat of top coat (they recommended not doing multiple passes if you can help it to keep the foil in tact), and once your top coat is dry, you’re good to go!
You are technically supposed to be able to cover your entire nail with the foil so it is your nail polish, buuuut I can’t quite get that method down yet and the edges always look kind of wonky. Maybe some more practice on that one? xo. Laura
P.S. Here are 10 Easy Nail Art Tutorials (Step-by-Step) if you’re looking for more ideas!