When it comes to nails, there are so many different ways to have them look great. You can go for a full Mani/Pedi, get a simple French manicure, or try out some cool new trends like chrome nails.
If you want to try out chrome nails but don’t have the time to go see a professional, we’ve got an easy way to do them at home. All you’ll need is some metallic nail powder, semi-cured gel nail strips, and a bit of patience!
What Are Chrome Nails?
This is a type of manicure that uses different methods, such as nail polish or powder, to create a metallic, mirror-like finish. The chrome nail trend has been around for a few years but has been gaining more popularity recently. This is partly because of celebrity Hailey Bieber, who has been seen sporting the nails on several occasions.
The chrome finish is a popular request at nail salons nowadays, largely due to Beiber. However, it has been around for a while, and it’s mostly popular because it can add dimension to both neutral and vivid tones. It’s an upgrade from your favorite metallic lacquers, with a soft, dainty sheen that looks like molten metal.
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If you want to achieve chrome nails at home, we recommend using our Chrome Pigment Powder. This product is really easy to use, and it will give you salon-quality results.
There are several ways to apply this:
Application Instructions For Semi-Cured Gel
Step 1: Prep Your Nails
Before you start, make sure your nails are clean and free of any oils or residue. We recommend using acetone or alcohol to clean your nails and remove any oils.
Step 2: Adhere semi-cured gel strip to nails
Find the strip that fits your nails. Place the strip on your nail and press down to secure it. Usually, you’ll need to cure your nails during this step, but for this mani, we won’t be doing that.
Step 3: Rub Chrome Pigment Powder onto nails
Apply the chrome powder to your nails using the provided pens. Make sure to get an even coat and that there are no bald spots. You can also use a cotton swab to apply the powder if you prefer.
Step 4: Remove Excess Powder
Using a clean brush, remove any excess powder from your nails. You can also use a lint-free cloth to wipe away any powder that is left on your nails.
Step 3: Cure nails under a UV lamp
Now it’s time to cure your nails! Place your hand under a UV lamp for 60 seconds or until the gel has hardened.
Step 4: Apply Top Coat
Apply a top coat of gel and cure it under the UV lamp. This will help seal in the chrome powder and give your nails a high-shine finish.
Application Instructions For Wet Gel Polish
Step 1: Apply Base Gel and Cure
Apply a base coat of gel polish to your nails and cure it under the UV lamp.
Step 2: Apply Chrome Gel or Clear Top Gel
Apply chrome gel or a clear top coat of gel to your entire nail. We recommend using a chrome gel because it will help the powder to adhere better and give you a more even finish.
Cure the gel for 10 seconds after applying it (with a 48-watt light for a few seconds longer with a 6-watt lamp). You don’t want your gel to be fully cured at this point.
If you cure the gel completely, the Chrome pigment will not stick to the nails equally.
Step 3: Rub Chrome Pigment Powder on to nails
Now it’s time to apply the chrome powder! Apply the powder to your nails using the provided pens. And as with the previous application method, make sure to get an even coat and that there are no bald spots. You can also use a cotton swab to apply the powder if you prefer. Also, remove excess powder with a clean brush as before.
Step 4: Cure under a UV lamp, Apply A Top Coat And Cure Again
Place your hand under a UV lamp for 60 seconds or until the gel has hardened. Then apply a top coat of gel and cure it under the UV lamp. This will help to seal in the chrome powder and give your nails a high-shine finish.
And there you have it! Now you know how to achieve the perfect chrome nails look at home.
Tips And Tricks
Here are some things we thought you should know:
1. If your chrome powder is not applying evenly to your nails when using wet gel, play around with the cure time.
2. The chrome powder may become streaky or will not stick to nail if the base gel is over-cured.
And when your nails are under-cured, the chrome powder will not be glossy and smooth. Instead, it will appear granular.
3. If your chrome nails are not as shiny as you would like, try applying a second layer of top coat.
4. If you want to add some extra sparkle to your mani, try mixing in some glitter with the chrome powder before applying it to your nails.
5. To avoid staining your nails when removing your mani, soak a cotton ball in acetone and press it onto your nails for a few minutes before gently rubbing the polish off.
2022 Chrome Nails Trends
Below, we list the top chrome nail trends for 2022:
1. Black Chrome Nails
When you can’t make a decision on a color or design for your nails, a classic black manicure is always a safe bet. And why not add a unique touch to your manicure, like a chrome finish, if your regular choice is black nails? This look may be suggested by your nail salon or even done at home DIY style.
2. Blue Purple Holographic Nails
This popular chrome nail design can be used to spruce up your current manicure. It is inspired by recent fashion trends such as iridescent shoes, handbags, and even jewelry items. This trend has taken the world by storm, so why not put it on display on your new set of nails? Get creative and quirky with this one-of-a-kind chrome design by displaying it on square or almond-shaped nails, and watch the magic happen; all eyes will be on you.
3. Mermaid Chrome Nails
As the name suggests, this unique nail art design is inspired by the mythical creatures of the sea. It involves using a blue or green powder to achieve that perfect holographic look with your nails. The process is simple; you start with any base color and then add your desired chrome powder. You can use this design on both long and short nails.
4. Glittery Gold Chrome Nails
This unique take on classic chrome nails will make you stand out from the crowd. It includes adding a layer of glitter to your already shiny nails for an even more dazzling effect. You can use any color combination you want for this design; however, we recommend going for a gold and black combo to give off those luxurious vibes.
5. Chrome Leopard Print Nails
The beautiful and classic leopard pattern is not only fashionable in clothing, but now it has made its way to nails! This design will compliment any look you have, whether you have almond-shaped nails or mountain peak shaped.
You can achieve the chrome style with stick-on nails or get your nail artist to draw spots on top of gold-painted nails. With this stunning new nail style, you will be receiving compliments from all angles!
6. Pink Chrome Nails
This rosy shade is perfect for the spring and summer months. It can brighten up any outfit and put you in a good mood. This color is also very versatile; you can go for a more subtle look by using a baby pink powder or go full-on glam with a hot pink hue. You can’t go wrong with this timeless classic.
7. Rose Gold Chrome Nails
This unique color is perfect for those who want to add a touch of luxury to their nails. Rose gold has been trending in the jewelry and fashion world for quite some time now, so it was only a matter of time before it made its way to nails. This design looks best on square or oval-shaped nails.
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