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Crackle nail polish – How does it work?

OPI China Glaze crackle nail polish

Crackle nail polish is one of my favorite innovations in nail polish. It’s the lazy girl’s manicure saver and a minor marvel to watch. It’s caught on in the recent years and it’s available almost everywhere, in various colors.

Here are some of my favorite designs. The combinations are endless and always unique:

Crackle nail polish red and black

crackle nail polish silver and black

Chanel Fall 2012 inspired pastel pink with silver nail art

chanel fall 2012 couture nails

Mixed pattern metallic nails by Disco

Mixed pattern metallic nails by Disco, Shibuya Tokyo

Source: Disco

Disco can truly do no wrong. Just a few days after I posted about Japanese nail art, (half of the designs there are by Disco anyway) I see this new design and had to share it here. I love how the patterns are mixed on each nail, and the metallic bits help to accent the whole design.

Steve Madden studded punk nails by Madeline Poole

Celebrity nail artist Madeline Poole does it again – this time for shoe fashion label Steve Madden. Steve Madden definitely has a good thing going with nail artists doing manicures inspired by their shoe designs (I recently posted about the Studly-inspired manicure here). This colour combination is my perennial favourite, and the round gold stud completes the look.

“I based my design off the fluid shape of the shoe, the way it curves around the ankle and contours the foot. I used a gold accent color, small flecks of glitter and gold studs to accent the black and compliment the studs of the shoe. On the toes, I like to keep the design simple and clean — only adding a stud to the big toe.”  - Madeline Poole

Studs and leopard print nails (Steve Madden inspired)

Source: Steve Madden

As you can tell I’m kind of obsessed with all things fashion-inspired. This nail design is by Stephanie Stone and based off Steve Madden’s STUDLY shoes. Another great way to contrast gold and black on your nails.

Tips on applying magnetic nail polish

Magnetic nail polish

Magnetic nail polish is one of the more novel nail products to hit stores in recent times. But did you know that it’s actually been around for quite awhile? The trend was recently revived by a few nail brands (such as Nails Inc), joining the crop of innovative, customisable nail polish products.

Magnetic nail polish (sunburst pattern)

Source: O’Neill Girls, Beauty Ramp

Magnetic nail polish is simple and easy to use. The polish has iron powder in it, which form patterns when a magnet is placed above the nail. Magnets that come with the magnetic nail polishes have patterns in them. If you want a consistent pattern on every nail, you just need to use the same magnet and hold it over your nail steadily. Because the design is determined by the magnetic attraction, using the magnet will result in a similar but slightly unique pattern with each use.

How to use:

1) Paint a base coat over your nail.

2) Next, paint one coat of magnetic nail polish as you would normal nail polish. Don’t use the magnet on it for the first coat. This coat is meant to make the colour more distinct.

3) Paint another coat of magnetic nail polish over when the first coat is slightly dry.

4) Here comes the fun part. Before your nail polish dries, use the magnet provided with the nail polish (or find any magnet if you’re feeling adventurous). Hold it over your nail and watch as the pattern changes. Different nail polish brands provide different types of magnets that allow you to achieve various patterns. The usual patterns are stripes and sunbursts.

China Glaze has a cool Magnetix Magnet that comes with starburst, arrow and stripes designs. You can also get the China Glaze Magnetix Collection with magnet.

Try it today!


Black and gold nails

Black and gold nail art

Source: 10 Blank Canvases

Need to try this colour combination soon. In fact, I’m amazed I haven’t. This is a nice way to tone down the bling of metallic nail polish shades and give your nails a bit of a classy look.

Magnetic nail polish

Magnetic Nail Polish from Urban Outfitters on Vimeo.

Magnetic nail polish is all the rage now. It’s great for a customised design, especially if you don’t have too much time to spare. After crackled nail polish, this is one of the more interesting nail polish innovations that are popping up.

How does it work?

Remember that science experiment you did in school with magnets, the one where you use a magnet to create shapes with iron filings? That’s essentially how magnetic nail polish works. Tiny metal shavings are mixed into the nail polish, though they are so small they don’t really affect its texture. When a magnet is held close to these metal bits, they become attracted and move in the direction of the magnet. The lighter parts in the nail polish are where the metal shavings are concentrated due to magnetic attraction.

All you have to do is paint a coat (or two) onto your nail like regular nail polish. and use the magnetised cap of the nail polish or attached magnet (while it’s still wet!) above your painted nail to create a magnetic pattern.

Check out some of my tips on applying magnetic nail polish.

Try it and submit your own design or tutorial!

Shop Magnetic Nail Polish at Amazon.

Leopard mix for Alexis of Sleigh Bells

Leopard mix nail art

sleigh bells saturday night live

Check out the nails by nail artist, Ria Nailz for Sleigh Bells’ performance on Saturday Night Live. Half bling, half leopard and all attitude. Pairs well with studded leather and ripped jeans.

Skyline metal strips manicure

Metallic skyline nail art

Source: geezleweez

A fantastic way to use metal strips on nail art. You can find these at nail art stores or even borrow from scrapbooking materials (if they’re tiny enough). Careful though – these tend to break easily, so be gentle and use tweezers to pick them up if you need to. Colours used are Dabo RD440 and Sally Hansen Xtreme-Wear Black Out. Just paint on your polish and stick them on while it’s still wet.