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Quick and Easy Foil Nails: Mani Monday

As much as we love nail art, we’re better at admiring designs than coming up with them ourselves. That’s why we’ve enlisted Anna Norman, the smarty pants behind Glitter, She Wrote, to be a regular contributor. Every Monday, she’ll be sharing her latest lacquer inspiration—you won’t be satisfied with plain ol’ polish again.


A lot of the latest nail art products on the market are fun and flashy, but pretty impractical for everyday wear. Caviar, sequin, and velvet manis at the office or the gym? I don’t think so. But Ciaté’s ColorFoil kit is a little different…and I’m head over heels for it.

Unlike regular foil flakes that take precision and time, this kit is quick and virtually fool-proof. The results? Colorful metallic nails that will last just as long as an ordinary manicure. Here’s how to get the look:

1. Begin by applying the nail polish of your choice. I’m using the polish that came with the kit—a soft grey called Cream Soda. I’d love to experiment with black polish, neons, or a sheer neutral. Let this polish dry completely before moving on.

2. Apply dots of the Foil Fix Glue (a white sticky polish) in the spots you’d like the foil to appear. Don’t worry about perfection here–you’re not going to get perfect dots or lines, so just dab it here and there and the results will turn out well. Allow the glue to dry for about a minute.

3. Now comes the fun part. Choose one or several foil sheets (they come in basic metallic colors, plus brights like pink and green, and a gorgeous holographic gold). Shiny side up, place the foil over your nail, press it down, and then rip it off as if you’re taking off a band-aid. Ta-da! Foil flakes without all the trouble of the loose stuff.


4. Apply as many colors as you’d like, and once you’re happy with the results, apply a clear top coat for shine and protection.

The look is edgy and unexpected, and takes just a matter of minutes to complete. A bonus: it’s perfect for those of us with shaky hands.

Would you try this nail art technique? 

Don’t miss even more mani-spiration from Anna Norman—check out the rest of her column, Mani Monday.

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