Think again if you believe that the chrome nail craze will fade anytime soon. The look for ultra-shiny nails has been seen everywhere, but celebs including Zendaya, Kourtney Kardashian. Gigi Hadid and Dua Lipan, are particularly fond of it. Beginning in 2021, metallic nails began to resurface, and since then, especially among celebrities, they have been one of the largest manicure trends. The brash, opulent aesthetic was prevalent at the Oscars of 2022 and since then has established itself as an A-lister go-to look both on and off of the red carpet.
How Do Chrome Nails Function?
Regular polish is made of polymers that are good at developing solid structures—that have been disperse in solvents. After the polish is applie, the solvents go away, leaving the polymer-base layer. To assist the polish stick to the nail and to make it more flexible, lacquers frequently contain additional resins and plasticizers. When you apply a nail polish remover that often contains acetone or ethyl acetate as a solvent, the lacquer dissolves and can be remove.
That powder is create using pigment, metal and glass for chrome nails. There is not any chrome in it since doing so would be against the law because chrome is a heavy metal and the FDA would be yelling at us about it. More like a mirror nail. The reflect effect is also produce, just like with a genuine mirror, by sandwiching a metal—in this example, silver—between a base layer of paint or polish and a transparent protective sheet on top, such as glass for a mirror; and a clear, glossy polish for the chrome nails. Even though it appears to be a solid, the powder simply fills in the space incredibly effectively and is extremely fine. There are spaces between all of the molecules, but you cannot see them with your eyes because they are too little, unless you are able to magnify them extremely, extremely high.
Different pigments can produce various effects. Like some holographic powders that are pearly and made of mica that has been paint. The holographic look, which is often refer to as “mermaid nails”, is create with incredibly small fragments of holographic polyester. The thin polyester film used to wrap Christmas presents can also be use to generate this look.
How to Apply Chrome/Holographic Rub-On Nail Powder?
Despite what people assume, giving yourself or your love ones a chrome manicure at home is actually very simple. Below are the steps you need to follow to achieve the Kyle Jenner nails at a much cheaper cost!
Step 1. Paint a Base Nail Colour.
Use a dark base cooler if you are using chrome powder. Any hue can be use as a base if you are using holographic powder. You can use either polish, gel, or dip powder for these Kylie Jenner nails. Any solution will do!
STEP 2. Use a No-Wipe Gel Top Coat.
If you apply a gel top coat that must be clean off after curing, your powder will just not rub on. And your attempt to recreate Kylie Jenner nails will definitely fail. Therefore, this step is crucial. Apply a UV/LED light for approximately 15 seconds to cure your top coat. The top coat must cure until it is smooth, although it should still be a bit sticky. The top coat would be consider too shiny to add your powder on if you cure it for an excessively long time. Glossy surfaces will not allow the powder to adhere.
Rub nail polish remover on the nails for a few minutes to “soften” them if you unintentionally cure your no-wipe gel top coat for an excessively extend period of time. Then dry off with a wipe before attempting to apply the powder.
STEP 3. Apply the Chrome/Holo Powder to the Nail Using your Finger, an Eyeshadow Brush, or an Applicator.
This step should be completed fairly quickly to prevent your top coat from fully curing. If you do not want to damage your Kylie Jenner nails, softly yet firmly spread your powder on your core nail color. It should be quick and simple to apply, requiring a little amount of time.
STEP 4. Use your No-Wipe Top Coat to Seal the Chrome/Holo.
This is the final moment! If you apply the powder correctly, you will be able to tell in this step. If you put the top coat on top of the powder and it “smears,” your top coat was overly cured and the powder did not adhere properly. Avoid using excessive force when securing your powder. You should take care not to smear it.
And you are done! When you get a grasp of it, holographic and chrome powder may be used to significantly improve the appearance of your fingernails and just really glam them up.
One of the simplest nail art supplies to utilise is chrome powder! To achieve a chrome manicure like Kylie Jenner nails, all that is required is a No Wipe Top Coat, the prefer Chrome Powder, and an applicator to transform an everyday gel manicure into a head-turner!