I am completely obsessed with chrome nails and how cool and different they look, so I knew I needed to figure out how to do this one at home myself! If you’ve already mastered gel nails at home, chrome is a little more high maintenance of a DIY project, but definitely possible when you know a few tricks.
You can visit my full, comprehensive post on doing gel nails at home for more general information, but in this post I’m walking you guys through the particularities of applying the chrome powder and how to do it as cleanly as possible.
First of all, you will need to purchase the chrome powder, which is available in a number of colors. I went with this silver chrome color, which I found on Amazon for about $10.00 (!). The gel polishes you will need are the base coat, a black color, and a topcoat. You will also need a UV lamp like mine here.
First, apply the base coat and cure in the lamp for 60 seconds for each hand.
Next apply one coat of your black color to the entire nail and cure again for 60 seconds. Follow up with your clear coat, and cure again for 60 seconds. Be sure in each of these steps that you are covering all the tiny crevices of the nail.
It’s necessary that all these steps be completed prior to applying the powder, or it won’t stick or last well. After you apply the top coat, you are ready for the chrome powder and you will need an eyeshadow applicator to apply it. All you do is dip the applicator in the powder to pack some on, and start from the top of the nail, rubbing side to side or in small circles until the powder starts to blend in. Move down the nail making sure to cover all side areas and the tip of each nail. Anything that you don’t cover thoroughly in powder will show through as the black color beneath. (I made many messy mistakes before discovering this.)
Now, note that this glitter gets absolutely everywhere. It’s definitely a mess, but it washes off your skin after. Just make sure you don’t cram it into the cuticle to the point where you can’t see where the line is because you will need to seal it all in with another coat of top coat and you don’t want to go over the line and make a mess. After you rub in the powder, take a fluffy brush and just brush over each nail lightly to get excess glitter off. You don’t want it clumping under the top coat.
Apply a thin layer of top coat and be sure to cover all of your nail. Cure in the lamp for 60 seconds.
Wipe over each nail with a cotton ball soaked in alcohol and voila!
I think I may have to experiment with other chrome colors now… what do you guys think of this look??