Thursday, 5 June 2014

Mani using Nail Art Foils

Slowly, slowly I expand my stash of nail art goodies. Nail Art Foils always had sort of a mesmerizing impact on me and would have tried them earlier if application would not have implied using nail art glue which I am hesitant to apply given my talent for messing up this sort of fiddle-de-diddledy jobs badly. Surfing Harlow & Co some time back I discovered that their Nail Art Foil did not recommend any of such sophisticated talents like applying tiny amounts of glue on a small space and place another tiny piece of delicate foil on prepared spot but only dabbing it over nearly dry polish - SCORE!!!



I applied two coats of A England Camelot over my regular Base Coat. The foil is stored in a container and is one long ribbon that you cut in pieces according to your needs. I cut off about 2,5 cm which I could use for about 1 1/2 nails.


  • I let the first coat of polish dry completely. 
  • Then (given my rookie status), I painted one nail at the time, waited until the polish was nearly dry (lightly pressing my finger on it left a soft print) and then dabbed (medium pressure) on the foil with the colorful, shiny side on top until I was pleased with the amount of foil transferred to the nail. Admittedly, this process was very time consuming and if I would be more practiced, I could have worked one full hand at the time, but looking at the result, I was glad, I took the time. 
  • To finish the look I first sealed the foil onto the nail with Glisten&Glow HK Girl and then mattified it using Mentality Polish Matte Top Coat.
Final thoughts: I totally loved this mani and I got lots of compliments for it!!! And in case you wonder: some more foil is on the way to me ;-)

I ordered the Nail Art Foil with Harlow & Co.

I look forward to reading your comments - thanks for dropping in!!!
Christine <3

9 comments:

  1. This is amazing and the colours are wonderful! Lol your ring fingers looks like such a pretty flower :-)

    I've got one of the Ciate foils kits, still to use it. One day lol.

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    1. Thank you Ananka!! You will have so much fun with your Ciates I am sure :-)! I loved the pattern on my ring finger too - maybe with some practise the patterns will become less random and more controlled - but then I like the haphazard results too....

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  2. I adore this look!! I have never heard of it!? Guess I need to come out from under that rock every so often. :P This looks like you got all Renoir on us. How long from start to finish did one hand take? Oh, and "fiddle-de-diddledy jobs"...my LOL moment of the day. :D

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    1. Thank you Melissa - am still recovering from being mentioned in one sentence with Renoir.... Timewise? Hmmm the whole thing took about 1 1/2 hours - the tedious thing is waiting for those second coats to nearly dry, the dabbing should happen none too slow to prevent letting the polish dry completely. From applying the second coat to sealing with Top Coat I'd say about 8 min. Have a lovely Friday <3

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  3. Ooh, it somehow reminds me of butterfly wings. Lovely!

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  4. Hi pet! I really must try this! I got some foil when I won the Nail Art Sunday Competition but I've been to scared to try it. This looks amazing! Like a rainbow-y modern art! Love it! Well done my dear!!!! Give Nell a long cuddle from me! Viele K├╝sschen!! xxx

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  5. WOW, sis, these look amazing and your first paragraph resonates SO MUCH with me, it's not even funny! I could totally get into these.

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  6. Oh, nail art foils!! I love how it turned out!

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  7. Wow Christine, this is absolutely amazing! The end result looks like little pieces of art! Your beautiful nails inspire me to try more nail art. :)

    ~ Yun

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