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Simple Chrome Nail Art in 4 Steps: 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.


Of all of the current trends in nail polish (holographics, Pantone-approved greens, “liquid sand”), I have to admit: I’m crazy about chrome. These polishes aren’t just ordinary metallic foils. With a glossy, mirror-like finish, a chrome manicure is like coating each nail with liquid silver. Here’s one of my favorite ways to wear the trend for spring in four super-simple steps.

Step 1: Begin by painting each nail with chrome polish. I’m using Color Club On The Rock. I also love Essie No Place Like Chrome and China Glaze Millennium. Apply a quick-dry top coat and allow your nails to dry completely (this is important!). Your nails should be 100% dry before moving on.

Step 2: Working one nail at a time, cut a thin strip of Scotch Tape and press it down the center of your nail. Use a fingernail from the other hand to really seal it down onto your nail so polish can’t seep underneath. 

Step 3: Choose a bright, spring-y shade as your accent color. I’m using OPI My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours, a saturated orange. Paint over your full nail, covering the tape. 

Step 4: While the orange polish is still wet, slowly and carefully peel off the strip of tape to reveal your finished design underneath. Once your nails have dried, apply a glossy top coat for even more shine and protection.

Experiment with chrome triangles, stripes, and squares—all easily achievable with a few strategically-placed strips of tape. I love the jewelry-like accent of this eye-catching polish, especially paired with a pop of color for spring.

Would you try chrome nail polish? 

For more mani-spiration from Anna, check out the rest of her Mani Monday column.

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