Posts Tagged ‘nail trends’

HOLOGRAM + CHROME NAILS

 

Ohhhhh. Guess who got in REAL early on that hologram mani… ✨☄ #hologramnails {giving you every little detail, photos and footage tomorrow on @thebeautydept}

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Okayyyy, these nails are absurd in the best way and I am so into them. I mean, what even is this stuff? Car paint? I follow this nail salon on Instagram called Gloss Nail Spa, which is here in LA, Silverlake to be exact, and I originally saw this look on one of their posts. I took a 2 year hiatus from the nail art game and have been sticking to the classics (aka: being boring af) for the last couple years. But this is giving me major flashbacks to my love of nail art and I’m feeling like maybe I should be revisiting that subject. Anyway, the point: When I started seeing these hologram nails I was like, HOW?? I deep creeped on the www and found that it’s done with an impossibly fine powder. There are tons of “hologram” nail polishes out there but this is referred to in the nail world as “hologram chrome powder” or “hologram mirror powder” and it’s not a regular polish. Here’s how mine were done…

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Right now I have some length added onto natural my nails. I realized afterward, I kinda liked this look better on shorter nails, personally. I’ll probably do hologram again on my natural nail at some point (see how cute they are at the bottom!).

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So, my nail polish was removed first. and gel polish was applied. You have to pick a base of some kind. I chose the palest pink they had because I didn’t want these to be about the color underneath. You can see down below how the base color effects the final look.

 

Time to get your hologram polish on, people! Post is up along with all the fun details on this shiny situation ☄✨{post by @kristin_ess, clickable link up top}

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Next they add the powder. It’s applied with a sponge at this place but while looking on the internets I found that some people do it with those tiny old school eyeshadow sponge wands. (By the way, if you’re a pro or you are just an unofficial nail expert who knows how to do gels, here is the link to the HOLOGRAM CHROME POWDER.)

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Last, the clear coat of gel is added over the top.

Here you can see a little more of their handiwork with various base colors…

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This first one was done with a pale purple/lavender underneath.

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This one had white underneath.

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These ones have pink underneath.

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These have an orange/coral color underneath. I think these might be my favorite.

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These have a darker purple underneath.

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And these were mine with the pale pink.

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By the way, this is the same process using the “chrome” instead of the “hologram chrome”, just for your mental records!

COPPER LEAF STARBURST MANI

PHOTOGRAPHY/POST/GRAPHIC DESIGN: KRISTIN ESS

What’s better than our gold leaf mani? A copper leaf mani! It actually looks like rose gold in person and gives off SO much shine. We had to find a way to incorporate it into nail art so this is what we dreamed up!

I’ve tried so many gold leafing brands and nothing is easier than this one from Blick art supplies. Try to get one that has a backing on it. If you’ve ever worked with gold or copper leafing, you know how much easier it is to work with one that you stick on then peel the backing off. Ok, here’s how it’s done… (**We should mention that we pre-gamed by painting the nails black and letting them dry for a while.)

  1. Cut a small square or rectangle from your gold leaf sheet. Fold the sheet in half to cut out a symmetric burst shape.
  2. I used nail scissors to cut the leafing because they’re tiny and help with accuracy.
  3. Once you have the shapes you want, paint a thin layer of clear coat on the nail you’re applying the leafing to.
  4. Once it’s about 50% dry, stick your star on. You can use tweezers for this or your fingers if you’re really careful.
  5. Let it dry a little more then peel the backing off to reveal a VERY shiny burst of copper.
  6. Do it on the next one. You can do this to as many nails as you want. Here I did two and changed the direction of the burst (which I recommend!)
  7. Once your starbursts are in place and the first coat of clear is dry, apply another layer of clear on top. I used this one from Walgreens which worked really well and didn’t mess with the leafing at all.

Show us your copper starbursts on Insta! @thebeautydept