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Foil Nails How To: You Can’t Foil This Up!

Foil Nails How To: You Can’t Foil This Up!

03.08.13

By Elma

Blogger Judy Rusk from BeautyJudy shares a tutorial for creating one of her favorite nail trends – foil nail art!

Foil comes in such a wide variety of colors and designs. You can do a whole nail with foil, but my favorite foil nail look is like graffiti – random patches of different color foil all over each nail. And it’s really easy to do!

  • What you’ll need:

    •Base Coat
    •Base nail polish color
    •Top coat
    •Foil adhesive
    •Foil(s)

    Before you start your mani, ration out the foil. I like having my supplies ready to go! If you are using small sheets, don’t worry about it, but if you’re using rolls, like I did, cut 1 to 2 inch lengths off each color you’re using at the time.

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  • Step 1

    Step 1:  Apply your base coat, and then paint your nails with a base color of your choice. I chose one of my most opaque blacks, Cult Nails Nevermore.

    Apply a fast-dry top coat and let your mani dry. If it’s tacky, using the foil will mess it all up!

    SLIDE 2 OF 5
  • Step 2

    Step 2:  Take the foil adhesive, which has pearly, iridescent shade to it, and apply randomly to your nail bed. Don’t cover the whole nail, but the majority of it.

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  • Step 3

    Step 3:  Wait for the adhesive to dry a bit. Some of that pearly color should disappear before you start; if you apply the foil too soon, the adhesive is too wet and the foil will slide and not stick.

    Once the adhesive is a bit tacky, take a piece of the foil, and apply it to a random part of your nail. Make sure it’s the non-decorative side you’re adhering to your nail. Press it down, then lift it off. Some of the foil is left behind! Keep repeating this process with all the foils you wish to use – either multiple foils on the same nail, which I did, or the same color on different parts of your nail. Do this for all the nails you wish to foil.

    SLIDE 4 OF 5
  • Step 4

    Step 4: Once I’ve foiled my nails, I add another layer of top coat and let it dry. Then, I stare at my nails - I love the finished mani! It takes no more time than stamping, really, and it looks like I walked out of a salon.

    Foil is easy to find and can be inexpensive; I purchased mine from DollarNailArt.com. The sets I bought came with the adhesive, but you can buy the adhesive separate if you only want a couple foils. You can also find foil on eBay and Amazon.com.

    Have you tried a foil mani yet? What do you think of the foil trend? Judy Rusk, BeautyJudy

    [Images courtesy of Judy Rusk/BeautyJudy]

    SLIDE 5 OF 5
  • What you’ll need:

    •Base Coat
    •Base nail polish color
    •Top coat
    •Foil adhesive
    •Foil(s)

    Before you start your mani, ration out the foil. I like having my supplies ready to go! If you are using small sheets, don’t worry about it, but if you’re using rolls, like I did, cut 1 to 2 inch lengths off each color you’re using at the time.

  • Step 1

    Step 1:  Apply your base coat, and then paint your nails with a base color of your choice. I chose one of my most opaque blacks, Cult Nails Nevermore.

    Apply a fast-dry top coat and let your mani dry. If it’s tacky, using the foil will mess it all up!

  • Step 2

    Step 2:  Take the foil adhesive, which has pearly, iridescent shade to it, and apply randomly to your nail bed. Don’t cover the whole nail, but the majority of it.

  • Step 3

    Step 3:  Wait for the adhesive to dry a bit. Some of that pearly color should disappear before you start; if you apply the foil too soon, the adhesive is too wet and the foil will slide and not stick.

    Once the adhesive is a bit tacky, take a piece of the foil, and apply it to a random part of your nail. Make sure it’s the non-decorative side you’re adhering to your nail. Press it down, then lift it off. Some of the foil is left behind! Keep repeating this process with all the foils you wish to use – either multiple foils on the same nail, which I did, or the same color on different parts of your nail. Do this for all the nails you wish to foil.

  • Step 4

    Step 4: Once I’ve foiled my nails, I add another layer of top coat and let it dry. Then, I stare at my nails - I love the finished mani! It takes no more time than stamping, really, and it looks like I walked out of a salon.

    Foil is easy to find and can be inexpensive; I purchased mine from DollarNailArt.com. The sets I bought came with the adhesive, but you can buy the adhesive separate if you only want a couple foils. You can also find foil on eBay and Amazon.com.

    Have you tried a foil mani yet? What do you think of the foil trend? Judy Rusk, BeautyJudy

    [Images courtesy of Judy Rusk/BeautyJudy]

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