August 26, 2014

Foil Fantasy

Teal Foil Nail Art

Foils are extremely iridescent and easy to apply.  Here, I paired teal glitter polish with a purple/blue gradient foil.  The foil naturally ripples over the uneven glitter surface, giving it a molten look.

Nail It! Magazine Contest
The third and final round of Nail It! Magazine's #tinicontest is inspired by Fiery Beetles and Iridescent Fashion.  The contest ends August 30th, so you still have time to participate.  See the link above for the entry requirements. 

For my first entry of this round, this is my interpretation of Iridescent Fashion.  Next I'll try some beetles, so stay tuned for that!

Nail Polish
Polish Used:
  • Icing - Marine Blue
  • Sinful Colors - Nail Junkie
  • Maybelline Color Show - Emerald City
Other Supplies:
  • Nail foil
  • (optional) Nail foil transfer top coat sealant
  • ScraPerfect Best Glue Ever
  • Toothpick
  • Base and top coats (slow and quick dry)
I've had mixed experiences with foil.  If you use a quick dry top coat over the foil, the top coat dulls the shine of the foil and wrinkles it a lot.  I've had better results using a nail foil sealant, followed by one coat of a slow dry top coat, and then a quick dry.  To create this look:
  1. Apply a teal base color.
    Teal Base Color
  2. Apply a couple coats of Emerald City.  The polish is a mix of teal glitter and silver holo diamond pieces.
    Teal Glitter Nail
  3. Add one coat of Nail Junkie.  This is more iridescent teal glitter.
    Teal Glitter Nail
  4. Using a toothpick, add four vertical stripes on glue on each nail.  Let the glue dry a few minutes before applying the foil. The glue should feel tacky, but not wet.
  5. Press a piece of foil over the glue, rub a little, and carefully peel off.
    Nail Foil
Foil Fantasy

Foil Fantasy


  1. Thanks for sharing your foil experience. I have wanted to try foiling on my nails and now I certainly will. So this glue is the best and you recommend slow dry top coat. I'd seen foil in gold and silver, silver being my favorite. I'll share when im finished.

    1. Before I tried foil, this was the glue a lot of people said was good. I like it because it stays tacky for a long time, so you don't have to worry about it drying out. It is not a good glue for gluing crystal and studs on your nails though because it tends to stay gummy. Definitely use a slow dry top coat! The chemicals in fast dry top coats don't react well to the foil. Please share your creations...I'd love to see them :)


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