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I wanted to share a product I am absolutely in love with. It's called nail flakies and if you haven't tried them yet, you need to get some! They're so easy to apply, and the jars came so full that you'll be able to get multiple uses before having to order more. I did find them a little messy though so make sure the surface you're working on is covered with a paper towel. I used gel polish for this design but you can also use regular polish. Black is the best base colour as I tried white and did not get the same effect. Follow along below for a quick tutorial for a stunning mani that will get you tons of compliments.
Start by painting two coats of black polish curing in between each coat (30sec/LED- 2 min/UV). I used UR Sugar gel. It goes on smoothly, and I also love it for hand painting lines and dotting.
Paint the first coat of black polish, and wait for it to completely dry. Now apply the second coat and wait till the polish is almost dry (still a little sticky) and then move on to the next step.
TIP: Paint your coats a little thinner than you normally would, so that when you rub the flakies on, it won't smudge the polish undreneath.
Now for the magic. The nail flakies come in several colours. Pictured above is the yellow/purple and the purple/blue combinations. For this tutorial, I will be using the purple/blue flakies. Click here to check out all the colours. You will need an eye shadow applicator to transfer the flakies onto the nails.
I have seen a few people online suggesting to use a non-wipe gel top coat to adhere the flakies, but I've found that step is not necessary as the flakies will stick right to the sticky layer of the gel polish.
Press the eye shadow applicator into the flakies to pick them up.
Now pat the flakies onto the nail. After you have covered the entire nail, use the eye shadow applicator to rub the flakies into the nail to smooth out the surface. Add a top coat and you're done! Or are you? Keep reading to see how I finished this look as pictured at the top of this post.
I used striping tape to cover the area I wanted to remain black. I also used scotch tape on the other nail in case you don't have striping tape. Tip: don't wipe off the tacky layer before applying the tape. You need a sticky surface for the nail flakies to adhere to.
Apply the nail flakies to the ares of the nail not covered by the tape. For the middle finger, I just randomly dabbed flakies on the nail so that the black was still visible. Apply a top coat to the flakies, then remove the tape and cure. Now add top coat to the entire nail and cure. When you're done, It will look like this.
Now let's add some spider gel to make these nails pop.
I love spider gel. It is so much easier to get those super straight lines (compared to using a striper brush). One thing I will say is that it can get messy. I recommend using a practice finger until you get the hang of it.
Dip a toothpick into the spider gel. The deeper you dip, the thicker the line will be. Pull the toothpick out of the spider gel so a long strand of gel is visible. Lay the strand over the nail from cuticle to edge for a vertical line. There will be excess gel hanging off of the tip so just twirl the toothpick until the gel breaks off. For the thumb nail, I just laid the spider gel in a zigzag motion.
Gorgeous nails in your own home for way less than a salon. I love these nail flakies and highly recommend them. They are inexpensive, easy to use and the colours are stunning. Which nail is your favourite? Comment below!
Any tutorial requests? Contact me or comment on this post. I'd love to hear from you!
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