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CLASSIC CHROME NAILS
The most popular common
and effective method for
“chroming” on clean nails
involves applying a silver
pigment-powder over dry
gel or shellac.
Maria explains the
method, which is
almost the same
as a manicure but
with one extra
“I prefer using
gel or shellac when I
do chrome nails as they set glossier and last
longer,” she says.
“ Start by applying a gel base coat as
normal then cure them under the lamp
according to the specific manufacturer’s
instructions of your chosen brand.
“ When choosing a gel base coat it’s best
to find a product that fills in the ridges of
the nail for a smooth application of colour.
You should also try and choose a base that
doesn’t leave a sticky residue once dried.
“Once the base is one hundred per cent
dry, apply a coat of gel colour from the
same brand in black or a very dark shade, as
you would in a normal manicure then cure
it under the light as per normal.
“Next take dab your finger or an
eyeshadow sponge into the silver pigment
powder and quickly rub the colour onto the
nail (it’s more hygienic and professional to
use a sponge, but I find you can sometimes
get a better coverage using your finger).
“A fter you have the silver pigment on
the nail, you need to seal it with a top coat.
Choose a product with a high-gloss finish,
and then after application, dry the nails as
“Ensure you choose a topcoat that is the
same brand as the base and colour so you
know their specific formulas are designed
to be used together.”
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Creating classic chrome manicures means
using a pigment powder, so we spoke with
Maria about how to source them.
“ Some nail technicians order pigments
overseas as they’re
China. It’s not always
possible to k now
what chemicals are
in these, so this is
why some prefer to
use makeup powder
“Using the high quality makeup
pigments from Inglot is a great hack to try –
if you choose a metallic silver, the effect will
be quite similar to classic chroming.
“Another benefit of choosing a reputable
brand of pigment (even if it wasn’t initially
designed for nails) you know exactly what’s in
it and you can let your clients know it’s safe.”
Aside from opting for a
chemically safe colour
pigment, there are other
tips for adapting the
chrome trend for eco-
conscious. clients. Brands
like Jessica Cosmetics
cater for health conscious
clients and label their
formula as 7-free. This
indicates the number of
chemicals have been left
out of the formula.
All products from the
brand are free of chemicals such as ethyl
tosylamide, which can irritate the skin, and
x ylene, believed by some to have adverse
effects on the endocrine system.
These, coupled with non-toxic makeup
pigment, make excellent choices for even the
most chemically concerned chrome- seeker.
Indeed, the 3 step Phenom system from
the brand boasts a super shiny finish and
equally glossy top coat, so they are perfect
for creating the look.
CHROME WITHOUT GEL
If a client is opposed to using long-lasting,
UV or LED light-cured gel nail finishes,
don’t turn them away, says Maria.
While there’s a lot to love about durable
gel nail solutions that can remain perfect
for longer than a week, some clients worry
about using such formulas damaging nails.
“ When faced with this contraindication,
you can use regular nail lacquer,”
Maria explains. “It won’t last as
long, and the finish will be slightly
different but you can achieve
stunning metallic nails all the
same,” she advises.
“Each layer, from base to colour
to topcoat, needs to be totally dry
or it won’t work.”
“Apply a ridge filling base
coat, wait for it to dry, then
apply your colour. Make
sure it is totally dry, then
apply the powder pigment
and then use a high shine
“The secret to making
the method work with
regular polish is making
sure each layer is 100 per
cent dry, otherwise, it
Silver is the colour most associated with
chrome nail fashion. However, as the trend
evolves on social media, it’s plain to see people
are experimenting with colour finishes.
“Instead of using black or a dark colour
as your base coat, you can try something
else – blue, pink or green," says Maria.
“Once the silver pigment and topcoat is
applied, the overall colour will have a
“ Try all kinds of metallic pigment
powders,” she advises.
“They may not result in a traditional
`mirrored' chrome look, but they can
look ver y beautiful and some may have a
chameleon effect, or a holographic look.”
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Shadow The Star In You
OPI Ridge Filler
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