Rubbing for nails
From chrome and holographic nails to mermaid manicures, high-impact pigment powders completely change the way we think about coverage, transforming a base color into a trendy manicure. Therefore, our topic today is rubbing for nails.
Gel polish has become a wonderful base for many nail designs, but nail polish deserves special attention. I suggest you figure out what exactly needs to be “rubbed”, and how to do it correctly in order to achieve the best result. :)
Rubbing for nails is a special powder, thanks to which you can turn an ordinary basic manicure into a work of art in a matter of minutes. Such powders are applied according to the same principle, but their composition is different. The main ingredient of the rub is pigment.
Pigments have long been an unspoken ingredient in nail polish and paints and varnishes - these are intensely colored powders obtained from various organic and inorganic sources. By mixing pigments with a base, you can create your own shades of varnishes.
With the help of a variety of pigments, you can achieve different effects on the nails. Some of them give the effect of chrome, with the help of some you can make pearl nails and some are responsible for a stunning holographic manicure.
For chrome nails, powder is used, which is made of glass, metal and pigment. As you already understood, despite the promising name, there is no chrome in it. And this is for the best, because chromium is a heavy metal, and its use for such purposes would be fraught with health.
Chrome nails are also known as "mirror nails". And just like a real mirror, a reflective effect is created when the metal is sandwiched between a base coat and a clear protective layer on top (clear, glossy chrome nail polish acts just like mirror glass).
A holographic manicure (also sometimes called a mermaid manicure ) is made using extremely small particles of holographic polyester. This design can also be made using thin polyester film. However, powdered polyester is much more convenient to use, because it can be rubbed into nails in the same way as chrome.
Let's figure out how to use rubbing for nails, using the example of a chrome manicure.
- Prepare the nail plate for applying gel polish. Start by shaping your nails and trimming your cuticles. If you decide to do a manicure yourself, but do not cut the cuticle, but gently push it back.
- Lightly sand your nails to remove shine.
- Clean the nail to remove any potential contaminants that may interfere with the application process.
- Apply a thin base coat and cure nails in LED lamp for 30 seconds.
- Then cover your nails with a thin layer of black gel polish, and dry the coating in the lamp for about 30 seconds. Repeat the process and apply a second layer.
- To create a chrome manicure, you will need to use a top coat without a sticky layer. The no-wipe top coat provides a non-tacky surface on which the chrome pigment will best adhere.
- Using a sponge-tipped applicator or silicone brush, gently pick up a small amount of chrome pigment. It's time for the magic! :) Using firm pressure, start applying the powder directly onto the cured top coat, working from the cuticle to the free edge of the nail, and along the sidewalls to evenly distribute the pigment and achieve a mirror effect. Make sure you rub the pigment well into the nail (do it better in a circular motion) for better wear resistance.
- Finish your manicure by applying another thin layer of top coat and dry your nails in the LED lamp for 30 seconds.
- Do not clean coatings after curing, as you are accustomed to doing with a sticky layer, as this will dull the mirror effect.
As you can see, with the help of rubbing for nails, you can achieve an amazing effect, and using it is quite simple. I hope my information was useful to you. Be healthy and beautiful! :)