Foiling is an easy way to create an impressive look with little effort. I've gotten a few questions about my technique so I prepared a quick tutorial. I choose this design because I thought it was unique, but foils can also be used for a more conservative look.
Before beginning, apply your basecoat + polish and allow to dry completely. If your nails are not strong (like mine), I recommend at least 2 layers of polish to provide stability. Foils are paper thin and will not provide support as nail polish does.
Products you'll need: foil glue, foil and cotton swab:
Select your favorite foil and cut into squares, then follow the steps below.
1. Apply a thin layer of glue and allow it to dry, about 2 minutes. The glue will turn clear.
2. While holding the foil, straighten it with your fingers so that its flat and not curved. Apply it to the nail. (Straightening the foil will help alleviate wrinkles and allow for a better application). Aim for the middle of the nail, it will serve as the base of the design.
3. Using a cotton swab, smooth the foil in the middle from the base to the tip. Smooth the right side, then left (or vice versa). Continue to smooth until the entire nail is covered.
4. Eventually the foil will lift on its own. Be careful not to smooth too roughly or the foil could fall off. Its important for the foil to stay in the correct place or the design could overlap or color go into the wrong section. If you have to, you can hold one corner in place with the adjacent finger (this may take some practice). Slowly lift the foil to reveal the design. Don't abruptly remove it. If you see any missed spots while lifting, simply push it back down and keep smoothing. Continue to smooth and lift until you have the results you want.
Apply your favorite topcoat and you’re done! Clean leftover foil with acetone or remover.
-Foils are very thin and are not durable. A daily topcoat will help maintain your mani.
-Foil glue attracts cotton. Avoid leaving cotton on the nails from cotton balls/pads. Nails sponges are best.
-Non-metallic foils are easier to work with and require less precision.
-Nail polish can also be used to hide missed spots (although it may be difficult to match).
-Polish color can affect the final result, especially if the foil is transparent. Selecting a color close to the foil is best to help hide imperfections.
That's all I can think of for now. I hope you found this helpful and not confusing. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Disclaimer: The products in this tutorial were purchased by me. The opinions expressed are my own and not the manufacturer(s) of the above products. If you have any questions please contact me at Enamelgirl@gmail.com
The foil was purchased from http://foilsonline.com/ and the glue was purchased from http://dollarnailart.com, I am not affiliated with either company.