5 tips to getting perfect (finger)tips with Magnetic Nail polish
After catching a glimpse of an ad in my Sephora newsletter for a new magnetic nail polish, I immediately watched the instructional video. The Nails, Inc. magnetic nail polish ($16) contains tiny flecks of magnetic particles that become “activated” with a built-in magnet to create unique patterns in the nail polish. Seriously, I thought, I have to try it! I would say that I’m pretty skilled in self-manicures; my weekend routine is spending some time grooming my nails while watching a show or movie on Netflix. So, without bothering to wait for an online order, I got my bottle of Trafalgar Square a.k.a chrome or silver from my local Sephora store and started painting.
After doing a couple of practice nails, and finally finishing the full set, these are my tips for getting the most out of your bottle of Nails, Inc. magnetic polish. You don’t have to be a pro at home manicures, but these pointers will make it easy even for a beginner:
1. Start with clean, bare nails. Sounds like a no-brainer but traces of your hot pink polish, scratchy hangnails, or dirt will make it more difficult to get the end results. I suggest washing hands with soap and warm water, trimming nails, and then swiping acetone on them. Finish off with clear basecoat.
2. Easy on the first coat, heavy on the second. According to the instructional video, you should paint your nails before coming back to do a second coat (the one that the magnet will be applied). One or two strokes over the whole nail is good enough for the first coat. The second coat should be generously applied.
3. Do one nail at a time. Balancing a teeny magnet is hard enough if all your digits having drying polish on them. Take it slow, be precise and you’ll get deep, contrasting swirls.
4. Finish off with a great, fast-drying topcoat. I swear by Seche Vite’s topcoat which consistently dries in under 2 minutes. It also leaves a glossy finish which amplifies the magnetic effect.
5. Love each nail for the unique pattern you get. Because the angle at which you hold the magnet will vary with each nail, the texture will not be exactly for all. Some will have a more wavy look than others or be slightly darker, but that’s the cool part. Each nail is its own work of art, and you are the artist holding the paintbrush (literally).
I hope these tips help! They’re things that I realized after jumping in head-first to try this trendy, new product. I personally love nail trends, especially when they can be done at home I’d rate this product an A for stylishness, a B for ease of use, and a B+ for price tag.