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How to Do a Manicure with Sharpie and Mirror Powder
Mirror powder nails are popular, but did you know that you could make them look evenmorecolorful by coloring over them with some Sharpie pens? With some Sharpie pens, rubbing alcohol, and a thin striper brush, you can end up with a beautiful, sparkly, tie dye or galaxy effect on top of your mirror nails. Mirror powder works best on UV gel nail polish, but if you don't have any, or are too afraid to use it, you can use non-UV gel or regular nail polish instead.
Creating the Base
Prep your nails by filing and buffing them.At this point, you can also brush on some liquid latex or white school glue to the cuticle area around your nails. This way, once you are done with your manicure, all you have to do is peel off the liquid latex or glue off, and all of the excess powder, nail polish, and Sharpie will come right with it.
- You can use this Sharpie-on-mirror powder technique on UV gel, non-UV gel, and regular nail polish.
Apply a base coat.This will protect your nails from staining and help the manicure last longer. Some people recommend applying two layers of base coat to further protect your nails from the Sharpie.Use a base coat suitable for the type of nail polish you will be using.
- Gel nail polish can be a hassle to remove. If this bugs you, consider using a peel-off base coat.
Apply 1 to 2 coats of your favorite nail polish color.You can use any color you want, but mirror powder tends to have the most sparkle when layered over dark colors, such as black.
- If you are new to this, or if you are using a non-UV gel (or regular nail polish), consider painting your nails silver. Nail artists find that mirror powder does not stick very well to these types of nail polish, so a silver base will help conceal any "bare" patches.
Let your nail polish dry or cure.If you are using UV gel nail polish, let it cure under a LED lamp, about 30 seconds. If you are using non-UV gel nail polish or regular nail polish, let it dry completely. You can speed up the drying process on regular nail polish by dipping them into icy water—just be sure to dry them off with a tissue afterwards!
Apply a top coat.The type of top coat you use is very important, because it is what allows the mirror powder to stick to your nails. Here are the recommended types of top coat for mirror powder manicures:
- If you are using gel nail polish, apply a no-wipe top coat.
- If you are using regular nail polish, consider using a gel-like top coat or a quick dry top coat. Plan on doing one or two nails at a time.
Let the top coat dry or cure.This step is very important, and you must be careful with the timing. If you don't let the top coat cure or dry long enough, it will be sticky, and you'll get a messy finish. If you wait too long, especially with the non-UV gel and regular top coat, the powder may not stick.
- If you are using UV gel top coat, let it cure under an LED lamp for 30 to 60 seconds.
- If you are using a non-UV gel top coat or a regular top coat, wait until it feels dry to the touch. It needs to feel rubbery, but not tacky or sticky.
Applying the Mirror Powder
Dip the tip of a foam, eyeshadow brush into the mirror powder.Use silver mirror powder, if you can. Sharpies are translucent, so the colors will show up the best against silver mirror powder (as opposed to other colors).
Gently tap the powder onto your nail, starting from the cuticle and working your way to the tip.Manufacturers recommend that you use mirror powder on top of UV gel polish, but it is still possible to use it on top of non-UV and regular polish. It will not stick well at first, and it may smoosh around—just keep tapping it on.
Gently buff the powder in.Your nail polish will still be wet and squishy underneath, so don't use a lot of pressure, or you may create dents. Every once in a while, stroke the powder downward, from the base to the tip of your nail. This will smooth the powder out and help it to lay flat against your nail.
- If you are not using UV gel nail polish, this may take a while.
- If the finish is not sparkly enough, apply one more coat of mirror powder using the same technique as before.
Brush off the excess with a soft, fluffy, eyeshadow brush.Take a fluffy eyeshadow brush, and gently sweep it across your nails, from the cuticle to the tip. This will knock off any excess powder; it will also help further smooth the powder out.
Add a no-wipe or water-based top coat and let it cure or dry.This will help seal in the mirror powder and protect it during the next step. Be careful with what type of top coat you are using, however; the wrong type of top coat can ruin all your hard work!
- If you are using a UV gel nail polish, use a no-wipe top coat.
- If you are using a non-UV or regular nail polish, use a water-based top coat and let it dry. Once it dries, brush on a layer of your usual top coat, and let it dry.
Painting on the Sharpie
Find something to use as a palette.You can use just about anything that is smooth and flat as your palette, such as a: piece of plastic, sheet of wax paper, plastic lid, or a plastic paint tray.
Choose two to three colors of Sharpie.You will be blending these colors together, so pick out colors that will blend well together. Avoid contrasting colors, as they may create a muddy effect. Here are some color samples for you:
- Warm colors, such as: red, orange, yellow
- Cool colors, such as: blue and purple or blue and turquoise
- Analogous colors, such as: pink, blue, and purple.
Draw patches of color on your palette.Keep some space between each color, so that they don't blend together. You will do all blending on the nail itself.
Spray or drop some 91% rubbing alcohol onto the color patches.You do not need a lot of rubbing alcohol. A single spritz or a drop of rubbing alcohol will be plenty.
Use a thin brush the mix the rubbing alcohol into the Sharpie.Again, do not blend the colors together. Simply swirl the brush around in the rubbing alcohol puddle to mix it into the Sharpie color. Think of it as mixing watercolor paints with water.
- Keep a small jar of rubbing alcohol handy. Dip your brush into it to clean it between colors.
Use a thin brush to paint your first color in small patches onto your nails.You do not need a lot of color; a little bit goes a long way. Remember to clean your brush between colors, so that you don't transfer them.
Paint on your other color(s) in small patches.To create a tie dye effect, overlap the edges of the patches slightly.You can also blend and swirl the colors together.
Wait for the Sharpie to dry.Because you used rubbing alcohol, this should not take very long; alcohol evaporates quickly. Avoid blowing on your nails, or your might spread the wet Sharpie "paint" around and mess up your design.
Finishing and Cleaning Up
Apply a layer of top coat and let it dry or cure.If you are done with your manicure, be sure to extend the top coat over the tip of your nail. This will seal your manicure in, and prevent it from peeling later on.
Consider adding some more designs, then seal them using more top coat.At this point, your manicure is complete, but you can also add on some extra designs. Your top coatmustbe dry/cured before you do them. Once you have added your designs, apply onelastlayer of top coat. Here are some ideas to get your started:
- Place a vinyl nail stencil over your nail, then paint over it using nail polish. Peel the stencil off when you are done.
- Stamp on some designs using a nail stamping kit. Colors that work great include black, white, silver, or gold.
- Hand draw designs using black, silver, or gold Sharpie. You can also use black, white, silver, or gold nail polish and a striper brush.
Clean it up.If you applied some white school glue or liquid latex in the beginning, now is the time to peel it off. If you didn't, use a Q-tip dipped in rubbing alcohol or acetone to wipe away any stray bits of nail polish or mirror powder.
- For a super-neat finish, dip a striper brush into acetone, then trace your nail just inside the cuticle.
- When applying your base coat, polish, and top coat, be sure to get the very tip of your nail as well. This seals your manicure in, and prevents it from peeling.
- If you are new to using mirror powder, consider using silver as your base color of nail polish. This way, if you accidentally leave some gaps, they won't be as noticeable.
- If you can't find any Sharpies, you can use another type of permanent marker.
- Make sure that you are using regular Sharpies and not the "paint pen" type. Paint pen Sharpies are opaque, and they will cover up your sparkly mirror powder.
- Can't find or afford an LED lamp for your UV gel nail polish? Use an LED flashlight instead!
- Got Sharpie on your skin? Wipe it off with rubbing alcohol!
- Can't get those pesky mirror powder flakes off your skin? Pick them up using tape!
- You can also draw directly onto your manicure with Sharpies, and then use a striper brush dipped in 91% rubbing alcohol to blend the colors together.
- Regular top coat can ruin the mirror finish, so be sure to use only no-wipe top coat or water-based top coaton topof the mirror powder. You can follow up with any type of top coat after that.
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