Weekly Mani: Vintage Metal

Hello dear readers,


It’s been a while since I posted anything new…I kept my quilted mani on for 2 1/2 weeks and then the mani I did next wasn’t anything special, I really just needed to get something on my nails and I wasn’t very inspired so I didn’t post it but I’m very excited to share this week’s mani with you all!

To say I’m slightly obsessed with the tone on tone distressed metallic look coming out of Europe is a huge understatement. Especially the work of Barbara Ujvari, I would so fly to Budapest to get my nails done by this artist….her work is truly some of the best I’ve ever seen. Here are just a few examples.


After seeing these, I just had to figure out a way to get a similar look. I’ve seen where they have used a chrome gel polish and foiled the design over the chrome but I do not have any chrome gel polish but I do have gold alcohol ink so I played a bit and come up with a pretty good alternative.

This is the sample I did: without top coat

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And here is my mani.

I started with a coat of Gelish base, cured and wiped the sticky layer and then applied 1 coat of L’Oreal Don’t Hate Me Cuz, a light gold chrome regular polish. I let that dry completely and then I used ReformA gel paint Bitter Coffee and a fine detail brush to draw the frame and the flourishes (for more of a 3D look, apply a second layer) and cured. ReformA gel paints don’t have a sticky layer but if you use one that does you’ll need to remove it before continuing to the next step.
L’Oreal Don’t Hate Me Cuz
dont hate me cuz

ReformA gel paint- Bitter Coffee

Proclaim Hair Glue (Liquid Latex)


Adirondack Alcohol Ink- Gold


I then masked off my skin with some liquid latex (Proclaim Hair Glue) and then I took my gold metallic alcohol ink and with a bit of makeup sponge applied the gold over the frame and and design, you don’t need much, it covers quite nicely. Let dry, this should only take a few minutes. Now we need to distress it a bit. I used some black acrylic paint, watered down to create a wash and then applied it to create the shadowing. I let this dry for a few minutes and then with a fine detail brush I applied more gold alcohol ink to the raised design to highlight more. I then topped with 2 coats of Pink Gellac No Wipe Top Coat, making very sure to seal the edges.


Pink Gellac No Wipe Top Coat


For the accent nails I applied 1 coat of the chrome polish, drew the frame with the gel paint, sponged on the gold alcohol ink, let dry and then stamped with Sally Hansen Black Heart a net image from Messy Mansion plate MM44. I distressed the stamp with the black acrylic paint wash and let dry. I covered the excess stamp on the frame with more gold alcohol ink and let dry. I applied 2 coats top coat and done!
Messy Mansion MM44
messy mansion

Sally Hansen Black Heart


This is the first time using the alcohol inks over the entire nail so I’m waiting to see how this wears. I already have a tiny bit that has worn off on the corners at the tips but so far no lifting.


I hope you like the design and stay tuned for the follow-up video in the next day or two.


Products used: just click on the link for purchase.

Gelish Foundation
Loreal Don’t Hate Me Cuz
ReformA Gel Paint Bitter Coffee
Adirondack Alcohol Ink Gold Metallic Mixative
Black acrylic paint
Pink Gellac No-Wipe Top Coat
Messy Mansion MM44 stamping plate
Sally Hansen Black Heart
Proclaim Hair Glue(liquid latex)


14 comments on “Weekly Mani: Vintage Metal

  1. Manisha

    This looks stunning. Loved the vintage look

    1. Kim

      Thank you very much!

  2. LaMonica

    Love it. Sounds like a complicated process.

    1. Kim

      Thanks…yeah, there’s a lot of steps but it’s worth it!

    1. Kim

      Thanks so much!

  3. Laura

    You’re blowing my mind again, Kim! Looks like it’s beyond my skills. :)

  4. Nas Sarry

    Will there be a youtube tutorial for this design?

    1. Kim

      Yes, in a day or two.

  5. Cari Johansen

    Beautiful, I absolutely love it!

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  7. Weesie

    This is so different. My mind is thinking of so many cool colors to do this with. Very very awesome. Can’t wait for the tutorial.

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