Hello nail art lovers!

By now you have probably got that I am a huge fan of nail polish effects. Polishes with added effect such as glitter, sand, etc. are fast and easy to use and give your manicure that extra something without taking too much time. One of my favorite nail polish effect is the one you get with magnetic nail polish. In this post I will give you some tips how to get the most of magnetic nail polishes.

What is magnetic nail polish?
Basically, magnetic nail polish is a nail color mixed with fine metal shavings. These polishes usually come with a magnetic cap. When placed over the freshly applied color, the magnet causes metal shavings to react and form a pattern. The pattern itself is the result we are aiming to get :)

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

Magnetic nail polish snake skin manicure

This is a design I achieved with Essie Repstyle magnetic color collection. My color is called Sssssexy. I love the result  and would recommend the line :)

Once you get used to it, it is fairly simple to use magnetic nail polishes. I will give you the general steps + some extra advice that will give you the best result, I promise!

First, apply a thin coat of the formula on your bare nails.
The first coat you apply should be thin and neat. Take some time to be precise with this step, the outcome depends on the application of your first coat. Tip! Do not use a base coat to prep your nails for magnetic polish as this may make your pattern look patchy.

Second, form the pattern with the magnet.
You should form the pattern one nail at a time! Apply a thick coat on the nail and immediately place the magnet over it. You should stay one mm away from the nail so the magnet won’t touch it and ruin the freshly applied polish. Wait for 10 seconds and Voila! now you have a beautiful patterned design!

Here are some additional tips to get the most out of magnetic formulas:
TIP 1: Shake well before use. Metal shavings are heavier than the nail polish formula and tend to gather at the bottom of the polish bottle. Shaking it up will distribute the metal evenly and get you a better result.
TIP 2: Play with the magnet until you get your favorite outcome. You will notice how changing the magnet position over your nail will give you a different design. Take some time to see what works best for your nails length, shape or your mood.
TIP 3: Do not load on polish formula. When you add your second coat, make it thick but clean. It should not float around your nail. Loaded nail polish may smudge the pattern and will surely take longer to dry.
TIP 4: Start over if you ruin a nail. It will be neater and quicker to start over that try to add more and more polish. Adding polish will lead to a mess rather than a design.
TIP 5: Add a top coat. To create a beautiful design with metallic nail polish you need only two coats of the formula. But after you use the magnet and it causes the metal shavings to gather at one place, this will leave certain areas with even less than two coats of polish. This will make your design to fade and chip easily. So, add your favorite top coat on top to get the maximum impact.

Thanks for reading, I hope that was useful!.

Hello dear nail addicts!

If you share my love for vintage comic books then keep reading to see how to create this gorgeous pop art nails.

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Comic book nail how to

Comic book nail art

Pop art nail design

Pop art nail design

First, paint some of your nails raspberry red and some of them yellow.
It does not matter which finger will be what color as the beauty of this nail art is in its complexity, not in the single nail.

Step by step polka dots tutorial by stylecaster.com

Step by step polka dots tutorial by stylecaster.com

Second, dot it!
Add black and yellow dots to the red nails and white dots to your yellow ones. To make the dots I used a toothpick but you can choose your tool as per your preference – for sure a pin, a cuticle pusher tip or a dotting tool will do the trick. This is a great tutorial for making dots with a pin head:

Then, add the cartoon.
Simply blob some white onto the nails you have chosen for the cartooned part. Do not worry if your white has rough edges or if it covers any of the dots you made before. It is perfectly OK as you will use some black to outline the edges of the white and add a short phrase that comic books are famous for. I left POW for you ;)

Last, finish off with a clear top coat
Top coat will seal your design and smooth out nail surface which may have turned a little bumpy with so many dots and blobs. Honestly, I did not put any top coat on because my black color seems to smudge…

Products used:
Raspberry: Bourjois 10 days nail polish collection, number 11
Yellow: S.HE stylezone, number 297
Black: Golden Rose Painting brush collection, number 106
White: Miss Sporty Et Voila – nail tip whitener

Inspiration:

I hope you enjoyed!

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