There are many women who love to get creative when it comes to their nails. They like to have different colors, patterns and designs. But, there is something about having a metallic nail polish on your nails that makes you feel so elegant. It is not only a fashion statement; it can also be a great way to add some spice to your personality. And, it is easy to apply. So, if you are interested in this, then keep reading. I am going to give you step-by-step instructions on how to apply metallic nail polish like a pro.
6 Easy Steps To Apply Metallic Nail Polish
Metallic nail polish is a new trend that just might catch on. Some people swear by it, while others think it’s a total disaster. Regardless of your personal feelings on the subject, there’s no disputing the fact that metallic polishes can add sparkle and luster to your nails without the use of traditional artificial nail polish. How does this benefit you? Well, since it’s a relatively new product, there aren’t many (any) reviews of the stuff online. That means you can get a sneak peek at what the “hype” is about before you spend any money.
2. Tools & Materials
You must prepare your tools and materials before you start to apply metallic nail polish. This will ensure that you don’t get any on your clothing, your furniture or on the floor. The first thing you need to do is put on a pair of latex gloves. Then, using a clean, dry paint brush, begin brushing away the dust and dirt from the surface to be painted. Next, mix a small amount of acetone (about 1/4 cup) with about 8 cups of water. Dip the brush into the solution, then begin painting the surface. Use long, even strokes and allow the solution to work its magic.
Keep adding more acetone and water until the paint just starts to soften up. Now you can use the brush to apply a very thin layer of metallic polish. Once this first coat is dry, apply a second and final coat. Let it dry and then remove the gloves. If you have done everything correctly, the paint will have adhered to the latex gloves. Now you can remove the gloves and continue with your day.
3. Preparing the Surface
What would happen if you applied metallic nail polish without any preparation? It would look terrible. Much worse than the average person would guess. That’s because metallic nail polish has to be applied under what’s called a “base coat” which provides the necessary surface to which the metallic pigment will adhere. Without the base coat, the metallic appearance would be very poor and quite different from what the viewer would expect.
4. Metallic Nail Polish Application
When you apply metallic nail polish to one of your nails and then look at it from different angles, you will see the reflected color move around. That’s called chromatic aberration and is caused by the fact that each type of material reflects light of a different color.
Metallic nail polish has a color that is called its “base color”. When you apply the metallic nail polish to your nail, some of the metallic particles are mixed into the base color. However, most of the metallic particles remain separate from the base color. The ones that do get mixed into the base color cause what is called “interference patterns”.
These interference patterns create the color shifting you see when you look at your painted fingernail from different angles. The interference patterns are very small and hard to see with the naked eye. That’s why you need to use a loupe or a magnifying glass to look at your fingernails carefully. You should examine all your fingernails, not just one. This will help you to see the interference patterns in all of them.
Next, you need to apply a clear top coat to your nails. This will protect them from the metallic polish and give your nails a nice shine. After that, apply a couple more coats of metallic nail polish and then let each coat dry completely before you put on the next one. Do this until your nails are covered with a nice, shiny coating of metallic nail polish.
How long does it take to do this? Well, it takes me about five minutes to do all of my nails and then I have to do the drying time for each coat which is about another five minutes. That’s ten minutes total. Let’s say it takes you one minute per nail to do all of this. That means it will take you 20 minutes to do all of your nails.
6. Cleaning Up
One of the keys to nail polish success is being able to recognize and admit when you’ve made a mistake. If you don’t clean up your messes promptly, the customer will lose trust in you and stop doing business with you. In other words, cleaning up implies you are honest about your mistakes and willing to correct them.
In conclusion, I’ve shared the most profitable secrets I know about metallic nail polish with you. These secrets are valid whether you’re a beginner or an advanced user. They can be applied to any type of polish, including regular non-metallic, and will dramatically improve your application skills.
If you want to use these secrets, it’s easy. All you have to do is read and follow the simple instructions. And, if you don’t think the improved application skills will be worth the 10-minutes or so it will take to read this e-book, then maybe you shouldn’t be using nail polish at all. Because, after all, who wants to waste 10-minutes learning how to do something that’s already easy and fun?