Hello dear readers,
I have a new video using a different technique for applying pigments onto a gel mani. Angela Zeleny from Social Claws, creator of SUGAR/ice nano caviar, did a post several years ago showing how to use a no-wipe topcoat, pigments and a flat chisel silicone tool to burnish the pigment onto the cured no-wipe top coat. Since pigment chrome nails seem to be all the rage right now I finally picked up a silicone tool to give it a try and I must say, the results are fantastic! Be sure to check out Angela’s Social Claws site for her awesome Chromageddon real silver powder to use with her technique!
You’ll need 3 things:
#2 flat chisel silicone tool No-wipe gel top coat
Duo chrome/ Multi chrome pigments
This clever technique uses the natural static charge from burnishing into a smooth hard surface to get the micro particles to cling to the nail. With this method you will only need a tiny amount of pigment, you’ll use much, much less than if you were applying into a sticky layer. The key to the smoothest, clingiest, most metallic finish is the gel no-wipe topcoat. A top with a sticky layer really won’t give you same results, even with a thorough cleansing the surface is just not glass-like slick enough. Trust me on this, I’ve experimented a lot and the no-wipe is a must. The silicone tool is also essential, brushes and sponge applicators will not give you the smoothest finish, again, trust me on this :D. Keep in mind that microfine powders work best…pigments with larger pieces of glitter, flake, mica, etc will not give you the same result.
And this is the result I was able to get!
In the nail on the left (bottom part) you can see the lettering on my shirt reflected!
You can see the color shift compared to the photo above :D.
Check out the video for the demo and links to all the products I used are in the info section under the video: