How can I make sure my chrome nails have a mirrored finish?

February 17, 2017 | Bookmark +

I’m having trouble with chrome pigments. No matter what I try, they are constantly sparkly. They aren’t cheap brands, either. Where am I going wrong?


When you are working with chrome pigments, always make sure that you use the base for the chrome pigment on top of your gel-polish. After you apply two coats of your favorite gel-polish, curing in between each coat, apply the chrome base. Make sure you apply polish with the brush bristles parallel to the natural nail to make sure the surface is smooth and even. Do not touch the surface of the chrome base — even though it is a non-tacky surface, you can transfer natural oils from your skin if you touch this surface, and that may affect how the chrome goes on. Use whatever chrome tool you’d like — an eyeshadow brush, a makeup sponge, or a silicone tool — to pick up the chrome and apply it to the nail with force, very thinly. If the chrome powder goes on too thick, it will leave sparkly particles. Use a very fluffy and soft bristled brush to dust off any excess. Then top coat twice with your favorite gel top coat.    

— Vincent Nguyen,

Kingwood Nail & Spa, Kingwood, Texas, Hand & Nail Harmony educator

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How can I prevent lifting when my client's hands are constantly in water?

I have a client who is in the medical field so her hands are constantly in water. She has me keep the length of her acrylic nails short. No matter what I do, she always has at least one nail that comes off, and she always has lifting and gets water under the acrylic. I prep the nails correctly, I have a cuticle bit to clean the cuticle area, and I wipe the nail with alcohol, dehydrate the nail, and prime the nail. What should I do?

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