Gradients and Foils

Gradients and Foil Nails

Feels like forever since I’ve done gradient nails! Nubar’s POP! Spring 2015 collection is full of fun pastels, and two of the shades looked so great together for a gradient.

I started off with two coats of Fan Club and let it dry. For the gradient, I painted a corner of a makeup sponge with Prima Donna and sponged it on the nails. The trick to a perfect gradient is to sponge on in layers making it more opaque near the edge. To blend better, I went back in with Fan Club.

For my ring finger I used nail foils! If you’ve never used/heard of them before its time to start! I purchase mine from a local nail art store but many people get them from You will need foil glue to start along with the foils.

I painted an even coat on my whole nail with foil glue. It goes on purple and when its clear you can apply the foil. I pressed the silver transfer foil flat on my whole nail making sure to get it in the edges, then you lift it off. Unfortunately applying top coat over nail foils dulls and wrinkles them (but gel is ok!) so you will want to skip top coat over the nail foil.

Have you tried nail foils before?



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  • Millie S February 18, 2015 07.29 pm

    These are really pretty! I just recently worked out a way to (kinda) top coat the foils without ruining them! What I did was apply the foil like normal, then top with TWO coats of Elmer’s glue (mixed with a tiny bit of water). When it’s dry, apply top coat like normal! It diminishes the holo effect of foils just a tiny but, but at least it doesn’t completely wrinkle/shred them! I hope this helps πŸ™‚

    • Chelsea King February 20, 2015 10.20 am

      Wow that’s interesting! I’ll have to give it a try! Thanks for the tip πŸ™‚

  • Hamirah February 28, 2015 08.59 am

    You can try Picture Polish as a topcoat. They make Revolution, glitter base. Many have said it works as a topcoat for foil!


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